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Maxwell Audio CD
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In an age of immediacy the idea of waiting sounds hopelessly outdated. But that said, there is something to be said about anticipation. Such is the case with Maxwell’s new album. Yes, after an extended hiatus the sexy ambassador of soul has returned with a brand new look and a fresh yet deliciously vintage sound. The same artist who brought us classic songs like “Sumthin’ ... Read more in Amazon's Maxwell Store

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  • Audio CD (7 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0028K31CE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bad Habits
2. Cold
3. Pretty Wings (uncut)
4. Help Somebody
5. Stop The World
6. Love You
7. Fistful Of Tears
8. Playing Possum
9. Phoenix Rise
Disc: 2
1. Intro
2. Pretty Wings
3. Help Somebody
4. Cold
5. Stop The World
6. Love You
7. Pretty Wings

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BBC Review

There is a school of thought who believes soul music finished in 1972 and then those who feel all new soul should sound as if it comes from before the same date. Thanks heavens for Maxwell. Only his fourth album and his first in eight years BLACKsummers'night has no such preconceptions and nor should its listeners.

The start of a trilogy of releases, BLACK is his soul album, SUMMERS' will be more gospel and NIGHT will focus on slow jams. However, there are touches of all three styles here.

Considering Maxwell is such a huge star in the US, this is not an album that sets out to please anyone but the artist himself; however, this is no exercise in self-indulgence - these are copper-bottomed, well-written songs. There are big ballads (Fistful Of Tears); astute pop songs (Pretty Wings); atmospheric workouts (Phoenix Rise) and, in Bad Habits, the sort of floating groove that ranks alongside Roy Ayers' or Donny Hathaway's most sun-kissed moments.

Recorded largely live with his ten-piece band and working with his musical collaborator Hod Davis; as always, Maxwell works on a 'less is more' approach. For example, Keyon Harrold's understated trumpet solo on Playing Possum complements Maxwell's economical scat vocal and acoustic guitar to spine-tingling effect.

BLACKsummers'night does all this in 38 minutes. Arriving on the third day of one of our rare heatwaves in the UK has influenced this review to an extent; the undeniable pull of music this sweet playing with windows open and everyone seeming just that little bit happier helps. But when the storm clouds are back again, this will still sound as good. It's one of the best things you'll hear all year. Bring on the next two. --Daryl Easlea

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WELCOME RETURN! 6 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Eight years on and the very talented Maxwell is back. He has a new look and a slightly new sound and this initially made me nervous because in my view if something is working then don't tamper with it. But I guess with maturity comes evolution and the result is a fairly short album but one that grows each time you play it. As you would expect from a Maxwell CD, the tracks are dreamy, smooth and soulful and I would be hard pressed to choose a favourite. I also think its genius to end the album with a funky instrumental, which should feel out of place but works very well. I'm pleased this is the first of a trilogy because I very much look forward to parts 2 and 3. A welcome return!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Return 11 July 2009
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The cover photograph in black and white indicates that much has changed in the years since 2001's 'Now', and fans might well wonder if the markedly changed physical appearance captured on the cover is likely to be reflected in the music to be found on this album.

Arguably the answer is 'yes'. Lasting just 37.26 the music is like the photograph, lean sounding and shorn of unneccesary production flourishes. The opener 'Bad Habits' opens with the reassuringly familiar Maxwell vocal hovering over a sustained keyboard note before descending to caress over a gradually developing organic groove. Fans of the 'Urban Hang Suite' will recognise the soundscape, but will note the live playing which ends with a delightful instrumental coda featuring the light touch trumpet playing of Keyyon Harrold. Fans familiar with the work of Roy Hargrove and Russell Gunn will likely hear echoes of their work too.

This continues with 'Cold', where Maxwell's voice is married to a searching percussive groove again featuring the notable melodic trumpet work of Harrold. 'Pretty Wings' is instantly recognisable as the standout melodic song on the album, and may well serve as the most commercially viable way for fans unfamiliar with Maxwell to engage with him, supported by the fact that this was the song performed by him at the 2009 Black Entertainment (BET) Awards. 'Help Somebody' is the most obviously rock influenced track, and whilst it might not appeal immediately it has an undeniable quality that will seduce the ear over time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soulful album 10 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I discovered this album while listening to around 20 albums of various genre on a long haul flight, and I bought it as soon as I got home. I'd never heard of Maxwell, despite having had a liking for soul music since my youth. There were shades of Lynden David Hall on some tracks, one of my old favourites who sadly died young a few years back.

This album sounds like it features top notch session musicians with plenty of brass, piano and great clear, crisp vocals by Maxwell on all tracks. So it's time for me start buying the back catalogue I reckon, and look forward to getting the second part of the Black Summers Night Trilogy when it is released. This is an outstanding album for lovers of soul music.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maxwell Returns! 8 July 2009
By Craig H
Format:Audio CD
After an 8 year hiatus, Maxwell finally returns with an album of fresh material. Joined by his excellent session band, Maxwell launches in to the album with 'Bad Habits', a lush arrangement of brass and organs, and lyrically Maxwell is once again on top form. This song sets the tone of album nicely and Maxwell clearly isn't afraid to let the band play. 'Playing Possum' is a beautiful stripped down acoustic moment, featuring an extended trumpet solo and 'Pheonix Rise' is an instrumental that straddles the line between electro-pop and neo-soul. However, Maxwell seems his most triumphant when he returns to his soul roots. 'Fistful of Tears', 'Stop The World' and 'Pretty Wings' all find Maxwell on his A game as he croons over the gorgeous arrangements.

It's rare to find an album these days where the artist pays as much attention to the musical arrangement as they do the vocals and lyrics but BLACKSummers'Night certainly doesn't suffer from this problem. Maybe this is why so many hold Maxwell in such high regard. It may only have 9 tracks but these are 9 of the finest tracks you will have heard in a long long time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Apollo 11 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I was expecting a lot (nay, a great deal) from the first Maxwell album in far too many years, and upon the first listen I was... underwhelmed. However, after a few spins I'm really appreciating, and fixed on how genuinely different and well crafted this album is. So much so that I'd say the man's still got it and he's still evolving. Papa M's most definitely got a new bag, and it's bizarrely retro; yet in being so, his fourth proper album is utterly fresh and forward facing. And it's just in time because music desperately needs a cleansing air blown across its stale, stagnant waters.

Where much neo-soul (for want of a better compartment) is overly fussy, cluttered and generally synthetic once you get past the vocals, BSN is primarily organic and straight up. Which explains why I was initially underwhelmed. I've always favoured Maxwell for, amongst other reasons, his inventive way with instrumentation and song structure. Having been unafraid to bring ambient and leftfield ideas into his mix, arguably the greatest male soul artist of his generation, has always sought to offer up something unique, to buck the trend. Often to his detrement, commercially. However on that front, BSN is quite an about-face. As a collection it appears to be all about the possibilities of simple instrumentation and the priceless interplay of live players. In other words, this is RnB in the true, original sense of the term; yet a re-take on classic RnB that is reflective of the here and now.

There's no clickety-clack drum machines. No smoke and mirrors fancy editing hiding a lack of fundamental song structure. In fact it's so refreshingly real that it actually strides miles beyond the mainstream studio fodder of everyone from Beyonce to Angie Stone.
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Published 17 days ago by Dolly Lewinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Maxwell
I'm a Maxwell fan but this album is just what I expect from a great artist.
Great album I play it all the time.
Published 3 months ago by Peakaboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comeback
I purchased this album after liking the song Pretty wings a great comeback from the amazing Maxwell wish I had bought it sooner x
Published 9 months ago by Amanda Game
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This album is not Maxwell at his best. The general feel is a dirge !! There isn't even one track I can recommend. Very samey ! Not going in the music collection!!!!
Published 10 months ago by Dmwatkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Maxwell Waht more can I say?
After 9 years of his last realese maxwell show us a soulful and powerfull album
fascinating lyrics voice and a great band who amazes with a unique innovative album that... Read more
Published 10 months ago by BrunoCerqueira
5.0 out of 5 stars He done it again!
Can this mans voice ever be one to tire of? Never, each album is different and unique in its own way. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and soulful
True fans will be relieved to know Maxwell still has it. I love this album. I read the reviews and thought it may not be as good as his previous ones - but it has not left the DVD... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Foxy Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but intense
How much time do we have to wait for the (announced) part II of Black Summer Nights?
The new, mature Maxwell shows how soul and R&B can be driven to the top. Read more
Published 15 months ago by dimitri santini
2.0 out of 5 stars whats happened Max
bought on the back of his hit album"urban Hang Suit" i thought i see if he still has his fire , but no,
there not a lot going on, music all right but nothing to say a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by drew
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