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July 7, 2009

  Song Title
Bad Habits (Uncut)
Pretty Wings (Uncut)
Help Somebody
Stop The World
Love You
Fistful Of Tears
Playing Possum
Phoenix Rise

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  • Original Release Date: July 3, 2009
  • Release Date: July 3, 2009
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 37:18
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,842 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait From the Keeper of the Flame July 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
On this sad day, we celebrate the legacy of Michael Jackson as he is laid to rest. But on this day, we also celebrate the return of Maxwell a.k.a the keeper of the R&B flame.
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 I said earlier, we don't call Maxwell the keeper of the R&B flame for nothing.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, just way too short July 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Maxwell is very talented and has once again put out some good music after his long hiatus. The album starts off with really strong with Bad habits, Cold, and Pretty Wings. The next two songs HELP SOMEBODY and STOP THE WORLD sort of remind me a some old Marvin Gaye songs (just not as good as his songs). They are not my favorites on the album but they are still decent songs. The last three songs are good and the album ends with the last track as an instrumental. Lyrically and the production of the album will not disappoint you at all. The only complaint i would have is that the album is too short. After 8 years i thought the album would have 12 songs at minimum. Other than that this is a very respectable effort by Maxwell.

Stand out tracks:

Bad Habits
Pretty Wings
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature,Heartfelt and Sincere July 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
this is an amazing album, yes it is a little short but the quality makes it worth. Maxwell came back with the strong "Pretty Wings",a beautiful/heartbreaking ballad that deserves without a doubt grammy nominations next year.
but the cd is all good, there is no auto-tune,no songs about women as an 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
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 Is Enough? (Rating: 7 out of 10- -3.5 stars) July 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Maxwell Rivera, the R&B veteran 1st studio album in over 8 years, and 4th studio album (not counting Maxwell Unplugged) of his career, comes with the highly anticipated BLACKsummmers'night, an album I've been waiting for over some time myself. Maxwell has always had good voice. Even times when the lyrics aren't that good to a song he used his voice to carry a listener through a song over some nice production (a very popular formula in music). I really was never a big fan of him when I first heard him on the video "Luxury:Cococure" (I don't know about you but seeing a video of a grown man half naked in a bathtub seems to traumatize me even 11 years later). Overall he has created some classics like his previous album Now. BLACKsummers'night really has a cool laidback vibe whereas the type of atmosphere you can listen to with someone you love, or on a laid back evening, as he's always created those smooth tunes to play in your mind. The big problem that I have that this album is short, with nine tracks, just under 38 minutes total.

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. "Fistfuloftears" has great lyrics, but personally I'm not feeling the production here.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Expected Waaaay Better!! July 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'm glad to see that Maxwell did well with his 1st week's sales, but a part of me doesn't feel that it's very well deserved. I'm a big fan of Maxwell's work, but this album I'm sorry to say is by far his worst. I'm digging only 3 or 4 of the measly 9, actually 8.5, songs on the album. The production is just way out of line with what I as a fan would expect from Maxwell. The lyrics are on-point but the over-all sound & vibe is just not there for me. My favorite songs on the album are "Bad Habits" and then "Pretty Wings." "Stop the World" and "Love You" are both nice. "Fist Full of Tears" is slowly growing on me.

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???
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Me some Maxwell
Love Maxwell! Listening to it now. I just love his voice, serenade me anytime. Singing and sweetness even if the lyric is pain
Published 1 day ago by mary veal
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Maxwell
Maxwell is my favorite artist. He has such a genius in the music world. And I hope Maxwell return this year with another hit album. I own all of his albums.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Smmoth and Sensual!!
Maxwell has the smoothest voice around. This CD is fabulous. Pretty Wings is one of my favorite songs by this singer.. Listen and enjoy I will do with pleasure..
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximum Maxwell
I really like this guy. Just soul from the heart and in person, one of the most engaging performers I have seen in a while. Thank you, Sir!
Published 3 months ago by Jay Gregory
4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait in Black
A definitely more mature Maxwell playlist that took me a couple of rotations to fully appreciate. That being said however my fav is "Pretty Wings" because it showcases the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Maxwell, enough said...
Greatest.... Can't get enough of Maxwell. I still had faith he'd deliver something to my taste after taking time away & I was right. Never fails. He will always be a great artist. Read more
Published 4 months ago by NaturReal
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Maxwell!
Great comeback album!! One of the few CD's I can listen to without skipping a song. Can't wait until Summer and Night are released!
Published 4 months ago by P. D. Barlow
3.0 out of 5 stars This was good ,just not my favorite of his
I really like him seen him in concert twice worth every penny, altho I did enjoy the album I would suggest maxwells hang out suite you'll really love that its a little sexyer than... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ivy grissom
5.0 out of 5 stars I will forever buy his music and attend his concerts! I will continue...
OMG! If I was never in love, I fell in love the first time I heard his music. Maxwell has a way with lyrics that just sets your soul on fire.
Published 4 months ago by Janice Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it
Maxwell's latest. If you like Maxwell, get this cd. He is a dynamic artist. Here are six more required words.
Published 5 months ago by David Leibenson
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