2009 studio album from the ground breaking modern Soul artist, his first full-length release since 2001. BLACKsummers' Night is the sensuous opening installment of the artist's monumental BLACKSUMMERS' NIGHT trilogy. The trilogy's subsequent chapters, blackSUMMERS' night and blacksummers' NIGHT, are slated for release in 2010 and 2011 respectively. This 2009 album reunites Maxwell with long-time collaborator Hod David, who serves as co-producer and co-writer of the album. Striving for an emotional authenticity and real world sound for the album, Maxwell and Hod recorded the entire album live in the studio with an A-list ensemble of elegantly sympathetic musicians.
"If leadoff single 'Pretty Wings',is any indication [of what is to come] we'll be waiting impatiently for each and every update." -- Time Out New York, May 21-27,2009
"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