After numerous delays, Stevie Wonder's first new album in 10 years, "A Time 2 Love," finally arrives this week via Motown. The set was most recently due for release June 14.After numerous delays, Stevie Wonder's first new album in 10 years, "A Time 2 Love," finally arrives this week via Motown. The set was most recently due for release June 14; first single "So What the Fuss" featuring Prince has been at radio since May and a second single, "From the Bottom of My Heart" has been garnering airplay for nearly as long.
Among the guests on the 15-track album are India.Arie and Paul McCartney on the title cut, Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar on "Tell Your Heart I Love You," gospel star Kim Burrell and rapper Doug E. Fresh on opener "If Your Love Cannot Be Moved" and Wonder's daughter Aisha on "How Will I Know" and "Positivity."
Musically, "A Time 2 Love" incorporates Wonder's love of all genres, from hip-hop to gospel to world music. Another refreshing element is the use of real instruments, including strings. These musical and lyrical components spark memories of signature songs from Wonder's 45-year career.
Wonder says the album's delay had nothing to do with any fear factor: "I was never afraid to put this out. That was never the issue -- ever. I wanted it to sound contemporary but still be me. It was just a matter of getting it right."