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"The Brooklyn-born singer croons a heartbreaking ode to letting go of a relationship. It's a gorgeous ballad that ushers in a long-overdue welcome return to one of R&B's most talented and original artists." -- Billboard May 30,2009
"The neo-soul star returns with "Pretty Wings",a lovely ballad that showcases his fluttery falsetto." -- People, May 25,2009
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What can be said about Maxwell that has NOT been said? For me (through his music) he made me believe in love and romance. He made me believe that not all young urban men are thugs (or thug wannabes). We made me believe that music can STILL inspire. It took him 8 years to return, but it has been worth the wait.
All the songs are great and intimate, but the best songs are:
Pretty Wings-love song about meeting the right person at the wrong time
Cold- rumored to be his 3rd single. This song really grooves and is very sexy.
Bad Habits- about really feeling a person to the point of addiction.
Love You- about wanting to become whatever the person you love want you to become.
Help Somebody- is one of Maxwell's first songs about helping mankind.
My last point about this album is its been a LONG time since we heard REAL instruments in music (especially in R&B). With this record, we get to hear REAL musicians....as I said earlier, we don't call Maxwell the keeper of the R&B flame for nothing.
Stand out tracks:
but the cd is all good, there is no auto-tune,no songs about women as an object...it is the opposite, it is a gentleman album with songs about his life situations.
i am glad that are still a few r&b artists like him still making good songs, we need that. can't wait for the next cd.
1 - Fistful of Tears
2 - Love You
3 - Stop the World
4 - Pretty Wings
Some of the songs here on BLACKsummers' night are really hit or miss, mostly on the side of the better. "Bad Habits" really is a nice starter for the album, followed by the lead single "Cold" with a little upbeat. "Prettywings" and "Stoptheworld" both slows things down, for a laid back atmosphere, a style I love, and I'm sure you will too. "Helpsomebody" is cool, but it really fails to stand out, both lyrically and musically. "Loveyou" maybe has the potential to be a great song, but I'm just not seeing it here.Read more ›
I know that a lot of people asked this question too; "What's up with the idea of the 9, I mean 8.5 songs???" Paying for an album with just 8.5 songs on it and only 3 or 4 songs that are really good while the others are just "listenable" or ones that I could pretty much do without is really not a good look. If you are going to put out an album with so few songs they better damn-well be nothing less than Grade A!!! Half of the songs on this album are Grade C+ at best!
I really hope the rest of the Black Summer Night project is much better than this. Judging by the ratings that some people are giving the album I feel that it is once again that people are choosing to rate the artist and not the actual material on the album. I don't believe that anyone who has followed Maxwell's work can honestly say that this album is on the level of anything else he's ever done. Keeping that in mind along with the fact that all his other albums well deserved 4 and 5 stars, I wonder how/why would anyone give this album 4 or 5 stars???Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Back from break, and it was as if he never left. Still mad cool, passionate and golden!Published 13 days ago by Perez
Great CD. Love every song on this CD and every CD that Maxwell has made and slowly trying to get all of them at the right price.Published 2 months ago by oliver
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the problem is, those 8-9 tracks are very dull and monotone. this album isn't even half as engaging as his previous efforts. his album now seriously changed my life. i've gotta disagree with you about this album. i'm very disappointed. =(
Jul 7, 2009 by goostinrox4eva | See all 4 posts
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I pre-ordered mine the first day we were able. purchased the single Bad Habits on itunes, pretty wings on Zune Marketplace and I will purchase the cd on Zune Marketplace so I'll have it on my Zune that day. 12:00am 7/7/09. so far I love all the singles I've heard on www.theboombox.com, but I... Read More
Jun 22, 2009 by adabada | See all 26 posts
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