|First posted 6/20/2008; updated 11/7/2020.|
In Square Circle
Charted: October 19, 1985
Peak: 5 US, 112 RB, 5 UK, 7 CN, 8 AU
Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.1 UK, 6.0 world (includes US and UK)
Song Title [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.
All songs written by Wonder.
Total Running Time: 43:33
3.178 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)
About the Album:
In Square Circle followed a similar path as Wonder’s soundtrack, The Woman in Red, from the year before. It was helmed by a #1 single (Part-Time Lover) which lifted the album to platinum status and the top 5 of the U.S. Billboard album chart. However, both albums had somewhat ho-hum receptions from critics who considered his ‘80s work a far cry from his triumphant works of the 1970s.
Still, the album could boast some major accomplishments. “Part-Time Lover” became the first to simultaneously top the pop, R&B, adult contemporary, and dance/disco charts. The album won the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. While The Woman in Red only managed one follow-up single, In Square Circle had five singles total, including the ballad Overjoyed and the retro Go Home punctuated with horn riffs. All Music Guide’s Ron Wynn even considered “Overjoyed” and I Love You Too Much as superior to “Part-Tme Lover.” AMG
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