REVIEW: Maxwell – blackSUMMERS’night
Written by Clay on July 4, 2016
For any idiot asking the question of whether Maxwell still has a place in contemporary R&B-soul, have a listen to the opening track of blackSUMMERS’night. On All The Ways Love Can Feel he and his brass-backing take soul to places we haven’t heard in ages, that falsetto blending so deeply with the light jazz feel and floating with ease. Your faves could never, etc.
It’s a shame that the rest of the album doesn’t quite match that early height. The Fall and Ill certainly register strongly, but it isn’t till Lake By The Ocean that Maxwell once again feels fresh and essential for a new age. As ever, his brand is classy as fuck – none of that come-hither sex talk, but more the embodiment of romance and gentlemanly serenades.
If that sounds boring then, well, it kinda is sometimes. Like something your dad might enjoy on Fingers Crossed, or some verging-on-cheese lift music on Hostage. But it’s so damn refreshing to see a proper man taking hold of the genre as opposed to a slew of bed-wetters, and with songs like 1990x you know that Maxwell is still the real deal. If he goes easy on the more obvious schmaltz next time, there’ll be a baby-boom for a whole new generation.
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