Friday, October 18, 2019

Midnight Music: "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)" by Stevie Wonder


Yours truly is on a BIG Stevie Wonder kick these days, stemming from our acquisition of Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium Vol. I on vinyl, which we picked up at Target for a steal. Bottom line, we're digging into Stevie's catalog, and this track comes from Music of My Mind, one of his lesser-heralded albums, if there is such a thing. Despite the lack of praise for the 1972 record, released under Motown's "Tamla" label, the LP is absolutely packed with stellar songwriting, spacey synthesizers, and a funky swagger that feels playful and makes you move. "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)" is just over eight minutes long, and it really goes to a lot of cool places, turning into something completely different at the three-minute mark. The composition and instrumentation really takes me away to an ethereal place. This is essentially two songs in one, fused together perfectly. As the midnight hour approaches, kick back, turn out the lights, and ride the beams of sound aboard Spaceship Stevie.

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