Maxwell’s newest album delivers a fresh take on Maxwell’s classic neo-soul style.
It has been seven years since we last heard from Maxwell with the 2009 release of BLACKsummers’night and this year marks the artist’s 20th year in the game. His newest effort, blackSUMMERS’night is the perfect comeback album, lacing his seductive falsetto with futuristic jazz and soul-inspired grooves.
The album opens with “All the Ways Love Can Feel”, a futuristic lounge type groove that is reminiscent of tracks like Urban Hang Suite’s “Ascension” and “Reunion”. “Lost”, a collaboration with Sade’s Stuart Matthewman, is deeply soulful and bluesy track, that brings us the searing pain of watching the one you love moving on with life leaving you “lost” and left behind. On “Fingers Crossed”, Maxwell channels his idol, the Purple One himself, the late Prince, and on “Listen Hear” he gives us the type vulnerability and rawness that his rendition of “This Woman’s Work” gave us back in 2001, minus his signature falsetto.
All in all, this album is a breath of fresh air and a classic in true Maxwell form. As the second installment of the SUMMERS’ trilogy, it is the perfect extension of the first album, leaving us ready for the next chapter.
Maxwell is currently on tour promoting the album. Check out www.ticketmaster.com for upcoming dates and venues.