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  • Audio CD (21 Feb. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000024WPN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Handsome in his designer clothes and angelic, nappy dreads, Maxwell styles himself a modern-day urban love prophet in the tradition of Marvin Gaye. He concocts a conceptual music suite that purports to tell a fully rounded tale of meaningful love set in the tough but misunderstood inner city. What he delivers, however, contains only the faintest hints of what he promises. Instead we get a whole lot of the same tired R&B elevator slush and lyrics like "Gonna take you in the room suga'/ Lock you up and love for days." Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite is significant only in that it recasts the same old same old as something monumental, and nearly pulls it off.

Initially, there's a lot to like about Maxwell: On his openers, "Urban Theme" and "Welcome", the early 1980s full-band R&B and jazz pop grooves are reminiscent of Maze's brightest days and Steely Dan's coolest nights. But soon even Maxwell's passionate voice gets lost in a flat mix that turns every song into faceless background music. While R&B is at no loss for suave and sexy personalities to take the stage, a dearth of new ideas keeps the genre for the most part floundering and visionless. In the end, Maxwell's urban hang suite is just another empty room. --Roni Sarig

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There are very few albums that you can play from beginning to end without skipping tracks. This is one of them. It's the kind of CD that you could play in 10 years time. It's soooo cool. Definitely one of my favourites in my record collection.
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3 words...
GET THIS ALBUM!!
If your a lover of quality R&B then this should be in your collection. If its not, then your not as cool as you think you are!!
Maxwell, brings an album which is totally fresh and full of great tracks.
Vocally he is top notch and the music will satisfy all.
Track 1
The Urban Theme
Basically its an intro. But funky and sets the mood. You've opened the doors to Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite here.
Track 2
Welcome
So your into the Hang Suite now, and Maxwell is welcoming you. This is the first taste of his voice. Its a very cool track that is great to kick back with a drink in your hand and listen too.
Track 3
Sumthin' Sumthin'
Now we really get into it. This track is out of this world. You might know this one, it was a single. Catchy chorus but oh so cool. Sexy sexy track.
Track 4
Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)
This just beats Sumthin Sumthin for the title of the albums best track. One of my favourite songs of all time. Once again its cool and catchy, but its a beautifuly written song. With Maxwell's voice oozing soul, this track is without a doubt fantastic.
Track 5
Dancewitme
This track is bassy and once again really chilled. Maxwell is making a move this woman and telling her to dance with him. Its another sexy track. Not to be missed.
Track 6
Til' The Cops Come Knocking
This is the first ballad on the album. If you want to impress a lady fellas, make them dinner, bottle of wine, with this track playing in the back ground. A winner for sure.
Track 7
Whenever Wherever Whatever
A sentence most people like to hear. Another classy ballad. Not a great as Til the cops... but still a beautiful track.
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its often the most simple, and basic things which work effectivley. Ive had this album for about 4 years, and i play it all the time, it could never be dated, compare some of his tracks from this record to today's 'so-called' r'n'b tunes and you understand why! My children, and there children will be told about this album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love it, it puts you in this great mood, and you could call me byist as i love him too, which is why i have all his records, im not ashamed to admit it!!!!
music, at its best!
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I bought this 15 years ago and I still LOVE IT!! It is definately one of my favourite albums of all time and I never tire of this timeless classic, and if you are a true soul fan you will love it. Every track is brill, you won't have to skip any as you do on some albums, they are all great.Every time I play it I remind myself of just how blooming good this album is - Buy it - You won't regret it. The best of all his albums IMO.

1. Urban Theme:-
Nice instrumental introduction with some really cool sax and bass guitar slapping. Mellow sound for jazz/soul enthusiasts.

2. Welcome:-
Maxwells welcome to his Urban Hang Suite - sets the scene for the rest of the album - mellow, loving - more funky bass slapping.

3. Sumthin, Sumthin:-
Crank it up and chill, (dare you not to sing along!) Maxwell is definately one of the coolest singers around.

4. Ascension:-
Slight change of pace - very smooth, silky, sexy - illiteration, other "S" words apply. Maxwell treats us to the full range of his voice in this song. Not my favourite, but still good.

5. Dance Wit Me:-
Change in tempo, pulsing bass to get your pulse racing - mesmerising!

6. Cops come knocking:-
Probably my favourite track on the album. Slower beat with Maxwell's amazing vocals, very sensual - don't forget to breathe!!

7. Whenever Whenever:-
Cools things down in this ballad. Beautiful story sung in his liquid gold voice. You can hear every word clearly - very simple - very pure - very Maxwell, mainly guitar and vocals.

8. Lonely is the only Company:-
Sad soulful tune of loneliness after a breakup. One we can all relate to, sung with expression that only Maxwell can do justice to. Haunting beautiful sax playing.
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By Lee Boehmer VINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on the strength of the eleven 5-star reviews that it had received at the time and I am deliriously happy with my discovery. It is sheer perfection - the grooves, the melodies, the production, the vocal arrangements and the pervading mood combine to create a magical listening experience.
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This is a terrifc album, slicky produced, beautifully egineered and played and with songs that form a delicious journey. Maxwell's voice is incredible, melting and smooth, capable of strong masculine and the fragility of pain racked top notes. The beats and arrangements physicaly and psychocologocally moving and stirring. The jouney here is the classic soul/r+b exploration of love, longing, joy and pain and yet each track is exquiste and edible. Maxwell is a vocal genius and if you don't have this album you will wonder how it passed you by. Echoes of 70's soul, 80's city slickness and 90's retroversion mix imperceptably.
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