Now

Now

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by Maxwell
     
 

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Neo-soul fans who flocked to his Urban Hang Suite in 1996 but decided to party elsewhere when the host unveiled his ponderous Embrya will be happy to know that Maxwell's house is once again the place to be. Three years in the making, the lyrically thoughtful and imaginatively arranged NowSee more details below

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Neo-soul fans who flocked to his Urban Hang Suite in 1996 but decided to party elsewhere when the host unveiled his ponderous Embrya will be happy to know that Maxwell's house is once again the place to be. Three years in the making, the lyrically thoughtful and imaginatively arranged Now returns to the singer's retro-soul roots while it ups the ante on its predecessors. On swoon-worthy slow jams such as the languid "W/as My Girl," where Maxwell's yearning vocals float atop a sonic union of DJ scratches and twangy country guitar licks, the stirring "Symptom Unknown," and the Prince-ly, wedding anthem-to-be "Lifetime," Maxwell flexes his newly unrestrained vocals and stakes his claim as neo-soul's leading lover man. Raising the temperatures of his female listeners yet another notch on "For Lovers Only," Maxwell purrs in a hot-flash-inducing falsetto, "Love is not a want/ Love is now a need/ Not just cause I got nobody." Although this heir to Marvin Gaye's boudoir-soul throne is a ladies' man first and foremost, Maxwell also knows how to get the fellas caught up in his rapture with hipster party jams such as the understated, jazzy groove "Get to Know Ya," the rock-guitar-accented "Temporary Nite," and the Isley Brothers-esque funk of "Changed," a song about a lover whose interest is piqued after he "changed his mind." As a bonus, a studio version of Maxwell's breathtaking rendition of Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work" (which originally appeared on 1997's Maxwell Unplugged) is thrown into the disc's cool, romantic mix. With its delicious blend of heart-tugging classic R&B and '70s-inspired funk, Maxwell's Now is good to the last drop.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646713624
catalogNumber:
67136

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maxwell   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Michael Bland   Drums
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Hod David   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Clark Gayton   Trombone
Michael Neal   Bass
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Federico Pena   Keyboards
Etienne Stadwijk   Keyboards
Andre Roberson   Saxophone

Technical Credits

David Blumberg   String Arrangements,Harp Arrangement
Hod David   drum programming
Bill Esses   Engineer
Tony Maserati   Engineer
Mike Pela   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Steve Mazur   Engineer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Tom Schick   Engineer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer,drum programming,Pro-Tools
Musze   Producer,Horn Arrangements,drum programming
Andre Roberson   Horn Arrangements
Iain Roberton   Engineer
Larry Phillabaum   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Chris Ribando   Engineer
Andy Davies   Engineer
Matt Owens   Art Direction
Drew Griffiths   Engineer

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