Maxwell – BLACKsummers’night

Release date: July 7, 2009
Label: Columbia


  1. Phoenix Rise
  2. Playing Possum
  3. Help Somebody
  4. Fistful of Tears
  5. Stop the World
  6. Love You
  7. Pretty Wings
  8. Cold
  9. Bad Habits

Eight years after his last work, Maxwell delivers an album that is the R&B your soul might need from time to time. Filled with the pains that come from loving, yet there is a huge difference from the last album Now (2001).

The arrangements in BLACKsummers’Night are more advanced and complex. The use of an orchestra is present in almost every song. Perhaps an album that steers away some from the neo-soul genre that Maxwell is known for; yet an album filled with strong songs that perfectly connect to each other.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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2 Responses

  1. Camiele White says:

    I’m soooo glad he’s back!!! I’ve missed him so much. Music has missed him so much. Great return –real love music, soul, true R&B from another golden era in American Black music. We need more. Now, if we could only get D’Angelo back…

  2. Man, Maxwell not only “came back” with this album; he raised the bar considerably. This is one of my favorite albums of the decade – the first three tracks (Bad Habits, Cold, Pretty Wings) alone are worth the price of admission.

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