EXPERIENCING THE WONDER

AFTER FOUR YEARS, R.-AND-B. GRANDMASTER STEVIE WONDER IS BACK WITH BUBBLY NEW TUNES--AND SOME SERIOUS NEW CONCERNS

STEVIE'S BACK. IT'S NOT AS SIMPLE AS it sounds. Stevie Wonder is a man whose accomplishments in music are as sparkling and intimidating as Michael Jordan's achievements on the basketball court. He began churning out hits for Motown at age 12, and now, at age 44, he's a respected R.-and-B. grandmaster who has racked up 17 Grammys, a best-song Oscar and 18 No. 1 R.-and-B. singles. When a guy like Wonder releases a new CD--his first in four years--we expect a slam dunk. His fans feel entitled to an album of undiluted brilliance, like Fulfillingness' First Finale or Songs in the...

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