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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 ›
Bottom line: "Now" remains a masterpiece, and still sounds timeless and soulful today.Read more ›
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One of my favorite cd'of all time and still appeals now. Lost first copy purchased from amazon today.Published 1 month ago by amie wilkins
I've never realized how much I've enjoyed Maxwell's music and his great vocals over the years especially as he'd been overshadowed, in my opinion, by the likes of Seal, Janet... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Distant Voyageur