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This review is from: BLACKSummer'snight (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.