I’ve mentioned in previous posts how Innervisions might be my favorite album of all time, right?
“Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” finds Stevie interjecting a bit of levity into Innervisions, which is a fairly serious affair) and also experimenting with Latin rhythms. It comes after “All In Love Is Fair”, which is a heartbreaking ballad, so it’s a refreshing change of pace. There’s a nice little cha-cha jazz thing happening in the verses, and Stevie trying to lay on some smooth talk to some poor lady in the intro always makes me smile. “Worry” also features Stevie singing in his natural tone for most of the song, an effect that gives it a more conversational vibe than the average SW tune.
When critically analyzing Innervisions, “Don’t You Worry” is probably one of the album’s more incidental tracks, but an incidental track on Stevie Wonder’s best album is better than the focus songs on 95% of other artists’ records.
Instead of posting a YouTube clip of the album version, here’s a live treat.