Motown singer/songwriter Syreeta Wright worked as a receptionist and then a backing vocalist for the label before branching out into her own dazzling solo work. Though she'd cut several singles, Syreeta's brilliant self-titled 1972 debut and its 1974 follow-up, Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta, are where she found her style crystallizing. By the time of her debut, Wright had been married to and divorced from Stevie Wonder, who worked with her as co-songwriter and producer on both of these albums. Despite marital tensions, the two managed to produce two volumes of fluid, spiritual soul music with these albums. Wright's voice, always soft and clear, drives every song here, with outstanding highlights coming in the form of the bounding single "I Love Every Little Thing About You" and stellar Beatles cover "She's Leaving Home."
Syreeta/Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta Review
by Fred Thomas