by Maxwell
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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2009
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998914223
catalogNumber: 89142

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   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Hod David   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Mike Pela   Engineer
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Musze   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Jesse Gladstone   Engineer
Benedetto Nino Caccauale   Engineer

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BLACKsummers¿night 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
IN_Member More than 1 year ago
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.
Toko More than 1 year ago
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
Bigpops2 More than 1 year ago
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!
Tazgirl More than 1 year ago
Very happpy Mazwell isb back. His CD great and I am happy I purchased it.
SusanLynn More than 1 year ago
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
Sunshine35 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved the cd! makes my heart melt!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! Maxwell at his best!
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Lisa35 More than 1 year ago
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.
Earshot78 More than 1 year ago
Welcome back Maxwell, it's nice to hear your voice again. Just as soulful as before, if not more so. Blacksummer's night is what neo-soul is all about.
SusanLynn More than 1 year ago
Maxwell is back and was worth the wait! Hot, smooth and very creative! Really enjoying it! SusanLynn, Jupiter, FL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album is absolutely wonderful. I listen to it just about every day. It's very soulful and soothing. It's a little different than some of his previous work, but it's a positive change.
BarbieBB More than 1 year ago
So incredibly sexy, soothing, intelligent and soulful. I love this CD, he is truly incredible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this cd! I play it over and over again. My only comoplaint is that it was too short. I wanted to hear more!
NURSEDEB More than 1 year ago
MAXWELL: ONE IN A MILLION The first CD from Maxwell's highly anticipated trilogy 'BLACK SUMMERS' NIGHT will be released on July 7, 2009. Our goal is to help Maxwell reach PLATINUM (one million sales) in the first week of release. Please purchase 'BLACK SUMMERS' NIGHT on Tuesday, July 7, 2009! If you are not familiar with Maxwell's music, please visit his official site: MUSZE.COM If you are a Maxwell fan, then you will want to join in to help us achieve this goal and welcome MAXWELL back! You are one in a million that can make this happen for this one in a million artist, SPREAD THE WORD! MAXWELL IS BACK!!! Follow Maxwell on twitter:
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