Jungle Fever (soundtrack)

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Jungle Fever
Jungle Fever soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMay 28, 1991
GenrePop, R&B[1]
ProducerStevie Wonder, Nathan Watts
Stevie Wonder chronology
Jungle Fever
Conversation Peace
Singles from Jungle Fever
  1. "Gotta Have You"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Fun Day"
    Released: 1991
  3. "These Three Words"
    Released: 1991

Jungle Fever is a soundtrack album by American R&B singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Stevie Wonder, recorded for the film Jungle Fever. It was released by the Motown label on May 28, 1991.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Entertainment WeeklyC[1]
Q4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[7]

Jungle Fever received lukewarm reviews from critics.[7] Reviewing for Entertainment Weekly in 1991, Bill Wyman said the album lacks worthwhile hooks and lyrics, and that Wonder's style of arrangement sounds "more and more dated as the years go by".[1] In a positive review, Rolling Stone magazine called Jungle Fever a "welcome return to form" and said that Wonder has not "sounded so freewheeling, confident and engaging" since his 1980 album Hotter Than July.[6] The Chicago Tribune wrote that it is "as direct and consistently tuneful as anything he has done in recent years".[3] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice cited "Fun Day" and the title track as highlights and referred to Wonder as "a genius even if that's what he's selling".[8]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine cited Jungle Fever as "Wonder's best work in years ... a considerable improvement from his bland late-'80s albums", although he said Wonder can be too sentimental on ballads such as "These Three Words".[2] J. D. Considine wrote in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004) that it is "lightweight but likeable".[7] In his 2000 Consumer Guide book, Christgau gave the album a three-star honorable mention, which indicated "an enjoyable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well treasure".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stevie Wonder, except "Chemical Love", lyrics by Stephanie Andrews.

  1. "Fun Day" – 4:41
  2. "Queen in the Black" – 4:46
  3. "These Three Words" – 4:54
  4. "Each Other's Throat" – 4:17
  5. "If She Breaks Your Heart" (sung by Kimberly Brewer) – 5:03
  6. "Gotta Have You" – 6:26
  7. "Make Sure You're Sure" – 3:30
  8. "Jungle Fever" – 4:55
  9. "I Go Sailing" – 3:58
  10. "Chemical Love" – 4:26
  11. "Lighting Up the Candles" – 4:09


Credits adapted from album’s liner notes.[9]

See also[edit]


Three singles were released from the soundtrack. The first single was "Gotta Have You", with the second single "Fun Day". The biggest hit from the album was the final single "These Three Words".


The Foreign Exchange covered the song "If She Breaks Your Heart" on their 2008 album, Leave It All Behind with Yahzarah performing lead vocals.


  1. ^ a b c Wyman, Bill (June 21, 1991). "Music from the Movie 'Jungle Fever' Review". Entertainment Weekly. New York (71). Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Jungle Fever - Stevie Wonder". AllMusic. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Anon. (1991). "Stevie Wonder Music From the Movie `Jungle Fever'". Chicago Tribune (June 13). Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (2000). Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan. pp. xvi, 339. ISBN 0312245602.
  5. ^ "Review". Q. London (August). 1991. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Review". Rolling Stone. New York (August 8). 1991. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Considine, J. D. (2004). "Stevie Wonder". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 885, 887. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (1991). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (July 30). New York. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  9. ^ Music From The Movie "Jungle Fever" (booklet). Motown. 1991.

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