“As” by Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder’s magnum opus, Songs in the Key of Life, was released 40 years ago today. The sheer scale of this album cannot be understated and even more impressive, despite clocking at over 100 minutes, there isn’t any fat at all on this album. It’s poignant and relevant even today, with no finer example than the song “As.” Featuring contributions by Herbie Hancock on the Fender Rhodes, the song continuously builds from a relatively intimate and breezy love song into a densely layered, gospel-like wall of sound, complete with handclaps and multiple background vocals.

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