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I don't see Talking Book as a particularly "optimistic" album.
Posted by X on 4/20/2018, 9:21 am
Sure, it starts and ends that way, but the more troubled love songs outnumber the optimistic ones by a ratio of 5:3. As Stevie and Syreeta divorced around that time, I think it's more instructive just to say that Talking Book is one of the more interesting and emotionally-balanced "breakup" albums out there.
Of course, the get-up-and-go feel of "Superstition" does shed a contrasting light on the rest of the album.