A Time to Love (album)

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A Time to Love
Stevie Wonder A Time 2 Love.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 18, 2005 (2005-10-18)
GenreBallad, rhythm and blues
ProducerStevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder chronology
Natural Wonder
A Time to Love
Singles from A Time to Love
  1. "So What the Fuss"
    Released: 2005
  2. "From the Bottom of My Heart"
    Released: 2006

A Time to Love is the twenty-third studio album by Stevie Wonder, his first since 1995's Conversation Peace. Originally to have been completed in 2004, it was finally released to stores on October 18, 2005, following an exclusive digital release on Apple's iTunes Music Store on September 27.

The first single, issued in April 2005, was "So What the Fuss", which featured Prince on guitar and En Vogue on backing vocals. Follow-up singles included "Positivity" with his daughter Aisha Morris, "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "Shelter in the Rain".

The song "Shelter in the Rain" was in tribute to his first wife, singer Syreeta Wright, who died of cancer the year before this album was released. Wonder was quoted as saying he would've had Wright singing lead on "Shelter", had she lived.

Wonder makes a brief reference to singer Minnie Riperton in the song "Positivity".


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Blender4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyC[4]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[5]
New York Timesmixed[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]
Slant2.5/5 stars[9]
The Village VoiceA–[11]

His first new studio album in a decade, the album was received with generally positive reviews, despite its having been delayed several times during the year of its release. In 2005, Wonder won the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in the Grammy Awards for "From the Bottom of My Heart". This was his fourth win in this category. Wonder last won this award twenty-nine years earlier in 1976 for Songs in the Key of Life. His other wins in this category were in 1973 ("You Are the Sunshine of My Life") and 1974 (Fulfillingness First Finale).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stevie Wonder, except where noted.

1."If Your Love Cannot Be Moved" (featuring Kim Burrell) 6:11
2."Sweetest Somebody I Know" 4:31
3."Moon Blue"Wonder, Akosua Busia6:44
4."From the Bottom of My Heart" 5:11
5."Please Don't Hurt My Baby" 4:40
6."How Will I Know" (featuring Stevie's daughter Aisha Morris) 3:39
7."My Love Is on Fire" (featuring Hubert Laws on flute) 6:16
8."Passionate Raindrops" 4:50
9."Tell Your Heart I Love You" 4:30
10."True Love" 3:32
11."Shelter in the Rain" (featuring Kirk Franklin) 4:19
12."So What the Fuss" (featuring En Vogue on backing vocals and Prince on guitar) 5:04
13."Can't Imagine Love Without You" 3:45
14."Positivity" (featuring Aisha Morris) 5:07
15."A Time to Love" (featuring India.Arie and Paul McCartney on guitar)Wonder, India Arie Simpson9:17



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