Saturday, May 4, 2019

"Land of La La" by Stevie Wonder

Song#:  2758
Date:  06/14/1986
Debut:  90
Peak:  86
Weeks:  3
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Wonder's album In Square Circle would be his first multi-platinum (2x) effort since his 1976 classic Songs in the Key of Life. The boost in sales was due three charting hits including the #1 "Part Time Lover." His label tried to keep the hits coming by issuing out this fourth single. It was a mediocre hit at R&B reaching #19, but it was virtually a non-starter at Pop bubbling near the bottom of the chart for a few weeks. It would be the last single issued from the album in the US.

ReduxReview:  The beginning sounds like something played during a Jane Fonda workout tape. It has a real aerobic exercise vibe. This song wasn't a good candidate for a single. It just kind of rambled on with the only real hook of any kind being the title. As a result, the tune wasn't very memorable. They should have wrapped things up with just three singles, but the label tried to eke out a fourth hit. It was unnecessary.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Wonder has won 25 Grammys in his career. He has been nominated for 74 awards. As of this posting date, those totals has him tied for fourth place for most Grammy wins and most Grammy nominations. He is also one of only three artists to have won the Grammy for Album of the Year three times. He won in 1974, 1975, and 1977. The wins also made him the only artist to win Album of the Year for three consecutive releases. The other two artists to win the category three times are Frank Sinatra and Paul Simon. However, Simon's first win was when he was part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel so his wins were as a solo artist and as part of a group. Wonder won his thirteenth Grammy for In Square Circle in the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, category.


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