A Time To Love
A legend of the music industry, Stevie Wonder returns with a highly anticipated album, and his first studio album in ten years. An album that combines the best elements of Stevie Wonder; funk, soul and tenderness. A must have album for music fans.
- Personnel: Stevie Wonder (harmonica, piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, organ, keyboards, bass synthesizer, voice box, marimba, drums, bongos, finger cymbals, tambourine, percussion, bells, chimes, programming, flexatone, background vocals); Doc Powell, Oscar Castro-Neves, Prince, Morris O'Connor (guitar); Paul McCartney (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Hubert Laws (flute); Mike Phillips (saxophone); Greg Phillinganes (electric piano); Herman Jackson (keyboards, bells); Woody Murray (vibraphone); Ricky Lawson, Teddy Campbell (drums); Richie Gajate Garcia (congas); Francis Awe (talking drum); Swapan Chaudhuri (tabla); Heratch Touresian, Steve Jones , Robert A. Arbittier (programming); DeVere Duckett, Tamiko Whitsett, Debra Laws, Monique DeBarge, Willie Wheaton, Jr., Timothy Jon Johnson, Kristie Mingo, Fred White , Conesha Owens, Gregory Curtis, Phillip "Taj" Jackson, Melody McCully, Sebastian Mego, Kevin Edmonds, Kimberly Brewer, Lamont VanHook, Lynne Fiddmont, Traci Nelson, Barbara Wilson, Keith John, Mabvuto Carpenter, Shirley Brewer, Kenya Hathaway (background vocals).
- Audio Mixers: Neil Pogue; Femi Jiya.
- Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Conway STudios, CA; Encore Studios, CA; Gospo Centric Studios, CA; O'Henry Studios, CA; Record Plant Recording Studios, CA; Wonderland Studios, CA.
- Editors: Stevie Wonder; Robert A. Arbittier.
- Photographer: Eddie Wolfl.
- Unknown Contributor Role: Kailand Morris.
- Arrangers: Stevie Wonder; David Blumberg; Kirk Franklin; Paul Riser.
- On his first studio album since 1995's CONVERSATION PIECE, R&B legend Stevie Wonder revisits familiar ground from earlier eras in his career while keeping with contemporary pop sounds. Although certain tracks conjure up the vibe of early Wonder outings (the funky "Please Don't Hurt My Baby" and the sunny, upbeat "Positivity," which features additional vocals by his daughter Aisha Morris), other tunes (the smooth "From the Bottom of My Heart" and the romantic "Passionate Raindrops") recall his more polished '80s period.
- A TIME 2 LOVE is bookended by two of its strongest songs--"If Your Love Cannot Be Moved," an urgent duet with gospel singer Kim Burrell, and the potent title track, which features neo-soul diva India Arie. A few of Wonder's most famous friends also make subtle instrumental contributions, including Paul McCartney and Prince, but none of the guest artists distract from Wonder's excellent performances and meticulously crafted tunes. Almost a decade in the making, A TIME 2 LOVE reveals that Wonder's talents haven't diminished a bit, and fans are sure to agree that it was worth the wait.
Professional ReviewsRolling Stone (No. 985, p.81) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...Almost half of the fifteen songs recall Wonder at his prime..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The themes which pervaded the '70s records - social justice, racial equality, love celebrated, political processes indicted - are again present, plus the need for sexual responsibility....Wonder fans will find plenty here to re-connect with the artist..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.63) - Ranked #41 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "The tunes were engaging; the playing strong. Music for adults."
|Producer:||Stevie Wonder; Tom Corwin; Kirk Franklin; Bonnie Raitt; Stevie Wonder|
|Release Date:||27 September, 2005|