A Time To Love - Press Release
Stevie Wonder Reinstates Melodies, Meaningful Messages - Time to Love
At a time when the soul in R&B music has degenerated to sassy
sampled beats and sultrier-than-thou vocals, iconic singer-songwriter
Stevie Wonders puts the focus back on melodies and meaning. In 16 tracks
does he demonstrate the compelling and effective force of classic,
hook-strong songwriting even to younger audience if cast in up-to-date
arrangements and augmented by collaborations with hip artists as India,
Arie and Kim Burrell.
As if this thrust is not enough to herald Wonder
as both master and maverick, he invokes thoughtful singing style that
does not rely on just range and earthy vocals, but on sensitivity and
sincerity, too. The result is forceful delivery of relevant messages
that abounds with integrity.
Among these subjects are politics and
environment ("A Time To Love" and "If Your Love Cannot Be Moved;" the
last, we feel, a jab at President Clinton); putting life in macroscopic
perspective ("Can’t Imagine Life Without You"); unconditional love
("From The Bottom Of My Heart"); and infidelity (‘Please Don’t Hurt My
Baby"). "A Time To Love" is vision perfectly realized by heart. Stevie
Wonder is enough to put the respect back in R&B.