Motown’s Syreeta Wright is a bit of an unsung hero. Although her voice was not as outright powerful as the other soul divas of her day (Aretha, Diana, etc.), there’s a certain quietly soulful and chilling character to her voice that was like none other. Wright was briefly married to Stevie Wonder in the early 70’s and her debut album is produced and co-written by her then ex-husband. The album has all of the signature Stevie Wonder / Electric Lady Studios sounds including drum machines, Moog synthesizers, and talkboxes. Although the album failed commercially upon release, it has since become a cult classic and continues to reach new audiences today. Just check the YouTube comments on A2 Black Maybe: “Common brought me here.” “Solange brought me here.” “Earl Sweatshirt brought me here.” etc. The track’s message of celebrating Blackness is also especially poignant today… BLM!
– Phil Cho
Recommended – A1 I Love Every Little Thing About You, A2 Black Maybe, B1 She’s Leaving Home
Tags: Cult Classic / Electric Lady / Samples / Vocoder