Characters (Stevie Wonder album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 6, 1987
StudioLivingstone Studios
Length48:37 (vinyl)
61:33 (CD)
ProducerStevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder chronology
'In Square Circle
''Characters'' 'Jungle Fever
Singles from Characters
  1. "Skeletons"
    Released: July 1987
  2. "You Will Know"
    Released: March 1988
  3. "Get It"
    Released: May 1988

Characters is the twenty-first studio album by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder released on November 6, 1987 by Motown. He performed a song on the album called "Get It" with R&B singer-songwriter Michael Jackson.

Reviews[change | change source]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune(favorable)[2]
Robert ChristgauA−[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]
MusicHound3/5 stars[5]
Q5/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[8]

Characters received generally positive reviews from critics.

Track listing[change | change source]

All songs written by Stevie Wonder except where noted.

Side one
  1. "You Will Know" - 5:00
  2. "Dark 'n' Lovely" (Gary Byrd, Wonder) - 4:39
  3. "In Your Corner" - 4:30
  4. "With Each Beat of My Heart" - 5:28
  5. "One of a Kind" - 5:10
Side two
  1. "Skeletons" - 5:24
  2. "Get It" (featuring Michael Jackson) - 4:31
  3. "Galaxy Paradise" - 3:52
  4. "Cryin' Through the Night" - 5:48
  5. "Free" - 4:12
CD Bonus tracks
  1. "Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down" (featuring B.B. King & Stevie Ray Vaughan) - 5:20
  2. "My Eyes Don't Cry" - 7:05

References[change | change source]

  1. Ruhlmann, William. Characters at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  2. Van Matre, Lynn (November 15, 1987). "Wonde's Upbeat 'Characters'". Chicago Tribune. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. Christgau, Robert. Consumer Guide Reviews: Characters. The Village Voice.
  4. Grein, Paul (November 15, 1987). "Record Rack: Good-Time Wonder". Los Angeles Times. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 1243. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  6. Bradley, Lloyd (January 1988). "Chunky: Stevie Wonder Characters". Q. p. 81.
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  8. David Wild (1988-01-28). "Characters | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone.