BLACKsummers’night

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Maxwell spent part of the eight years between his third and fourth studio albums walking the Earth, attempting to experience a life resembling that of a human. One of neo-soul's most visible faces, along with Lauryn Hill and D'Angelo, he had been on the music industry's hamster wheel for most of his twenties and needed some tangible inspiration. At some point he got down to scheming and quite a lot of recording; BLACKsummers'night is the first release of a trilogy, with BlackSUMMERS'night rooted in gospel, with a twist, apparently and Blacksummers'NIGHT promised as a disc of slow jams to follow. Just as he arrived in 1996, offering an alternate option to the exaggerated ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Maxwell spent part of the eight years between his third and fourth studio albums walking the Earth, attempting to experience a life resembling that of a human. One of neo-soul's most visible faces, along with Lauryn Hill and D'Angelo, he had been on the music industry's hamster wheel for most of his twenties and needed some tangible inspiration. At some point he got down to scheming and quite a lot of recording; BLACKsummers'night is the first release of a trilogy, with BlackSUMMERS'night rooted in gospel, with a twist, apparently and Blacksummers'NIGHT promised as a disc of slow jams to follow. Just as he arrived in 1996, offering an alternate option to the exaggerated masculinity that was dominating contemporary R&B, he returns as the airwaves are stuffed with raging hormones expressed through Auto-Tune. He has made no concessions to them. BLACKsummers'night is all devotion, regret, and heartache, written with Now collaborator Hod David and played by a session band, including a horn section, that sounds closer to a touring band that has been supporting the singer for years. The musicians morph with every shift in emotion through arrangements that are unfailingly exquisite and sensitively nuanced, even when they are briskly played. If the singer got into adventures while he was away, he does not detail them during these 38 unified minutes, but he did go through a serious, failed relationship, just as "Pretty Wings," the album's floating pre-album single, suggested. Like the real-life flip side to Al Green's "Simply Beautiful" -- the song Maxwell performed at the 2008 BET Awards, signaling his return -- it's catharsis through bittersweet elegance, equal in its enamored resentment "You toyed with my affliction/Had to fill out my prescription" and remorse "I came wrong, you were right/Transformed your love into like". Although the rest of the album leaves plenty of space for the most common form of pleading, the disarming "Fistful of Tears" is as impassioned as the steamiest moments and indicates the complexity of Maxwell's relationship: "'Cause I go insane, crazy sometimes/Trying to keep you from losing your mind/Open your eyes, see what's in front of your face/Save me my fistful of...tears." For all its dimensions and progress, the album is simultaneously designed to ensure that devoted fans will feel the wait was worth it. After all, its opening lines are "Make me crazy, don't speak no sound/I want you to prove it to me in the nude," and they are sung in falsetto.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998914223
  • Catalog Number: 89142
  • Sales rank: 22,940

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad Habits (5:52)
  2. 2 Cold (4:03)
  3. 3 Pretty Wings (5:10)
  4. 4 Help Somebody (4:01)
  5. 5 Stop the World (3:56)
  6. 6 Love You (3:35)
  7. 7 Fistful of Tears (3:40)
  8. 8 Playing Possum (4:23)
  9. 9 Phoenix Rise (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maxwell Primary Artist
Chris "Daddy" Dave Drums
Hod David Guitar, Various
Shedrick Mitchell Organ
Federico Pena Keyboards
Musze Various
Derrick Hodge Bass
Keyon Harrold Trumpet
Chris Dave Drums
Saunders Sermons Trombone
Kenneth Whalum III Saxophone
Technical Credits
Hod David Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Mike Pela Engineer
Glen Marchese Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Musze Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Jesse Gladstone Engineer
Benedetto Nino Caccauale Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    What Happened to Maxwell

    Whatever Maxwell went through in the 7 years since his last CD, he used it to his advantage on BLACKsummers'night. When you listen to the lyrics, you just want to give him a big HUG and tell him it will be alright. The music is banging so your car BASS is in full effect. The Lyrics are on point, and Maxwell is Oh SO sexy/smooth throughout.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    LOOOVE this CD!

    Very happpy Mazwell isb back. His CD great and I am happy I purchased it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome Back!

    This is a great cd and return for maxwell. One of the best cd's of the year. A must have to anyones R&B collection. It's great to hear actuall r&b style singing on a new cd. He's a crooner. Enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Hot, Sexy and Smooth

    Maxwell...You are back and you were worth the wait!
    Your new CD is sexy, smooth and very creative.
    You really know how to set a mood.
    Thank you...really enjoying it.
    SusanLynn
    Jupiter, FL

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth my 8 years of wait. Maxwell is back!!!

    I have purchased 11 copies of BLACKsummers'night (CD/DVD deluxe edition) on 7.7.09 (the day it was released)!! I have been waiting this day for so long as other Maxwell fans have.

    This Maxwell's new album, BLACKsummers'night (the first installment of a trilogy) was worth my eight years of wait!! When Maxwell makes music, he puts everything he has into it. He is such a perfectionist that he won't compromise when it comes to his music. He tends to take his time, but always delivers the finest music, which touches our soul. This album, BLACK has more soulful punches to it compared to his previous albums while it still sustains the `sexiness' of his previous albums. His voice and instrumentation on this album is just sooo phenomenal.I hear people saying this album is too short, but I personally rather have a CD with 9 quality songs than a CD with 25 songs with so so quality:)

    Please purchase Maxwell's new album, BLACKsummers'night. You won't regret it!!!

    Love, Toko from Maxwell fan forum

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    He has done it again.

    What can I say? I love this man, he is soul music. His voice is so haunting. When I listen to his songs my soul is touched. Nobdy does it like Mr. M you have to add this to your music collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    Love it! Maxwell at his best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best

    loved the cd! makes my heart melt!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!!!

    I usually only enjoy a couple of songs from artists, but Maxwell provides an awesome collection in this CD. If you enjoyed Maxwell before, this cd proves to be even more "Grown & Sexy"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING

    AMAZING

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    THE BOMB!

    I love this CD! The music is original and the instruments OH MY GOD! This CD is a must have. I can listen to it again and again.Can't wait for the next CD.

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