Stevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants (Soundtrack, Score)
Released: Oct 1979
Most critics panned Stevie Wonder's Journey Through "The Secret Life of Plants" upon its release in 1979. Wanting a follow-up to Songs in the Key of Life that more or less sounded like its predecessor, what they got instead was a sprawling album -- a soundtrack to an obscure new age documentary, to be specific -- filled with oddball synthesizer drone, skeletal R&B tunes and sweeping classical passages. The record is the strangest in Wonder's discography, yet what's interesting is how its futuristic, modern vibe actually presages many of the directions urban pop would take in the 1980s.