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MaxwellAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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In an age of immediacy the idea of waiting sounds hopelessly outdated. But that said, there is something to be said about anticipation. Such is the case with Maxwell’s new album. Yes, after an extended hiatus the sexy ambassador of soul has returned with a brand new look and a fresh yet deliciously vintage sound. The same artist who brought us classic songs like “Sumthin’ ... Read more in Amazon's Maxwell Store

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  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000007T1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gestation: Mythos/Everwanting: To Want You To Want
2. I'm You: You Are Me And We Are You (Pt. Me & You)
3. Luxury: Cococure
4. Drowndeep: Hula
5. Matrimony: Maybe You
6. Arroz Con Pollo
7. Know These Things: Shouldn't You
8. Submerge: Til We Become The Sun
9. Gravity: Pushing To Pull
10. Eachhoureachsecondeachminuteeachday: Of My Life
11. Embrya

Editorial Reviews

The bass line of the opening track is the first sign, and the smooth funk of the second track confirms it: On Embrya, Maxwell has done it again. Sophomore efforts don't always fare well, especially when an artist is still riding high on the accolades of a debut, but Maxwell has managed to take the exquisite soul of 1996's Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite and, without sacrificing any of its verve, turn it into something far more sophisticated. Not only is Embrya a sublime summer soundtrack, it's a groove masterpiece from start to finish. "Luxury: Cococure," the first single, like "'Til the Cops Come Knockin'" before it, is only the slightest taste of the treasures waiting to be devoured. If you're looking for lush ballads, skip to "Matrimony: Maybe You," the haunting "Know These Things: Shouldn't You," and the sensual slow jam "Gravity: Pushing to Pull" (and yes, nearly all the tracks are subtitled like this). They may not be as yearning as those that detailed his weekend-long tryst on Hang Suite (Maxwell knows better than anyone just how far a little restraint can go), but these tracks are gifts on their own. Put them together and you have an album that does nothing but elevate Maxwell's impeccable reputation as the man who breathed life back into the soul of R&B. --Rebecca Wallwork

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Genre: Soul/R&B
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 30-JUN-1998

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My guilty pleasure April 23, 2006
By S.A.I
Format:Audio CD
First off, I take it as a personal insult when this type of music is classified as soul or neo-soul or whatever. In my opinion, it defies genre. It is what it is, by itself, alone and unmatched.
If you've been been like me, getting by materially and haven't had much by way of luxury, then this cd is for you. It is like bathing in melted chocolate, milk or pearls. Yes, it's that decadent.
I scarcely know the lyrics to the songs but Maxwell's employ and arrangement of the drums, bass guitar, trumpets and other instruments is very richly textured.
All the songs sound different from one another but they segue fluidly into each other. Major standouts for me include tracks 00, 01, 02, 03, 09. Don't let that fool you. The other tracks are still powerful. The entire cd is sensual, stylish and spritual all at the same time. 'Embrya' is pure, avant-garde genius. I dont blame anyone if all other Maxwell albums pale in comparison to this one or if Maxwell himself can't top this. Recordings like these only come once in a lifetime. They cant be copied or repeated. They are inspired.
You will enjoy it to the very last drop.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embrya January 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Alot of people thought Maxwell lost his touch, but I didn't. Maxwell is alot like Erykah Badu...he is often misunderstood. Meaning when he does something different (which on this cd he did), people get bend out of shape. As a result, people didn't really buy this cd like they did his first one. But in my opinion, this cd is more deeper and much better than the first one. I think this cd is grand. Get it now.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maxwell's House: Good to the Last Drop. September 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Embrya," the followup to Maxwell's "Urban Hang Suite," is a traffic-stoppingly beautiful collection of soothing soul that's as much a masterpiece as his debut. The album plays like a dreamy sequence of moods and events, all woven together by relaxing rhythms, seductive vocals, and well-done arrangements. Most sophomore albums disappoint by lazily rehashing formulas that already worked before. Not Maxwell's. "Embrya" is a confident step forward, and while the sound is definitely his own, the vibe is much more mellow and laid-back this time around. Tracks of note are the lush and elegant "I'm You: You Are Me," the sensual love jam "Submerge," and the hypnotic ballad "Know These Things: Shouldn't You." In my school of music, "Embrya," like its predecessor, gets an A.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UTTERLY CAPTIVATING April 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The title itself says it all.
The few Maxwell songs I had heard on the radio prior to "Embrya", I found to be "o.k.". I picked up "Embrya" on a whim while in the record store, took it home and played it once, and could not stop playing it for months. I subsequently bought "Urban Hang Suite" and "Unplugged", and I feel that listening first to "Embrya" led me to better appreciate Maxwell.
I agree that "DrownDeep" is one of the best songs I know of from the past few years. The music is simply beautiful to say the least. The words convey a deep understanding of intimacy, as do the words of many of the other songs on the album, such as the powerful "You Shouldn't Know these things about Me", the engrossing "Submerge", and the cerebral "I'm You:You are Me and We are You".
Maxwell has a way of appealing to the Mind, Heart, and Spirit all at once, through not only the lyrics, which illustrate a cleverly subtle suggestiveness, but reinforced by his spontaneous, tantalizing croons and his equally spontaneous, wide-ranging inflections.
Maxwell's lyrics speak volumes. One example is from "EachHourEachSecondEachMinuteEachDay": "It's like I never ever doubted me; it's like I'm almost close to diggin' me; you made what I was missin', baby...all mine...keep doin' it on and on".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE WORD: 'Awe-some' May 7, 2000
By natalie
Format:Audio CD
I know Embrya's been out for a while now, but still, I felt I had to give Maxwell madd props. Each time I listen to the cd [which is at least once a day], I'm just completely in awe: not only of Maxwell's singing talent, but also of his incredible ear for music that just simply works. I'm one of those music fans who hasn't been at all fanatic about what's currently out there. Especially since it seems everyone's singing that same one song over and over. But Maxwell's really different, and Embrya is proof. This album takes u through a roller-coaster of every single emotion and experience u can think of and when it's over u feel like u wanna ride again. It's full of FUNK, SOUL, and JAZZ that have multi effects. They either make you wanna get up and groove or just lay back and think about that special one [for me it's Maxwell]. Either way it's great therapy. It's spiritual, it's sexy, it's...A MASTERPIECE. If there's only one R&B/Jazz/Funk/Soul cd u ever plan on buyin', THIS IS THE ONE. [Believe me, it's like 5am and I felt the need to let y'all who don't already know just how great this album is]. Definitely a great follow-up to Urban. Much love Maxwell!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A male Sade May 14, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I bought this cd, I'd only heard 2 songs by Maxwell, none of which are on EMBRYA, but I was most pleasantly suprised at the sensuality of his voice and his likeness to my favorite female singer, Sade. Even the faster paced songs come across as slow, perhaps due to the silkiness of his voice or the flow of the music. It's true, his falsetto reeks of Prince at times (not that it's a bad thing) and his music has a hint of Marvin Gaye, but at the same time, I've never heard anyone with such a sophisticated sound in the R&B world, rather it's more of a contemporary jazz feel with a dash of funk. If you like the sensuous, sexy, mood-enhancing music reminiscent of Sade, you will love this C.D. Especially if you favor Jazz over R&B, like myself. TRUST ME!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
Published 1 month ago by D. B.One
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Sleep!
Great album! Don't sleep on this album. The production is solid and Maxwell always deliever with vocals and lyrics. Excited for his next project .. Whenever that is lol
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful yumminess!
Maxwell is amazing. I love listening to this on my walks, when I'm cooking in the kitchen, and even working out.
Published 7 months ago by BumblB
5.0 out of 5 stars MAXWELL FAN
The quality of the CD was great. I am such a Maxwell fan. I originally purchased the CD years ago but I lost it . It was so hard trying to find a hard copy of it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by cheryl fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
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Published 13 months ago by Cosmos
5.0 out of 5 stars Embrya
I admit it, I was one of those Maxwell fans who just didn't "get" this album initially. I ran out and bought it on release day, listened to it once and judged it harshly up... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Geminigirl
5.0 out of 5 stars I can listen to the whole thing repeatedly!
This is one of those smooth albums that you can listen to from start to finish. Each song is pleasing to the ear. Read more
Published 20 months ago by KELLI DUCLOUX
5.0 out of 5 stars Embryos
This CD is a classic! It is such a great piece of musical work! It is authentic and real. It makes one appreciate the art, artists and musicians. Read more
Published 22 months ago by sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven on Earth
This Cd never gets old. I remember when it first came out and I wasn't really a Maxwell fan then and I hadn't bought his first one yet. Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by Cameron
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul To Absorb Into Your Soul!
Anyone listening to any type of R&B and soul oriented music in the early/mid 1990's were confronted with what had become a largely singles oriented market. Read more
Published on March 27, 2011 by Andre S. Grindle
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