• Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Jul 7, 2009
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Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 3 out of 40

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  1. Oct 16, 2010
    Fantastic neo-soul album. Maxwell has a been away for way too long, and I'm glad he came back with something so powerful. When someone can actually make an album that you can connect with, rather than just a bunch of junk available for sale, then I remember why I love music so much.
  2. KanethiaSmith
    Jul 9, 2009
    For those who can hear, this first album is absolutely magical. From the saultry "Bad Habits" to the insightful "Fistful of Tears", Maxwell is well into his own. My favorite is " Stop the World"....Lovely.
  3. Smitty
    Jul 21, 2009
    Maxwell is the epitome of Neo-soul. Very suave is this LP, proving the past legend who layed the foundation left room for continuance. He brings soul into today's times by way of melodic grace.
  4. CoolCD
    Jul 27, 2009
    It will be Contemporary R&B classic.
  5. M
    Jul 7, 2009
    Maxwell is an amazing artist, performer and visionary. I have been a fan from the beginning. This album is a great comeback album that i know everyone will enjoy.
  6. De'Leacia
    Jul 8, 2009
    I am truley glad I got out of bed & went to walmart to get this long awaited release. 1 word is all I can think of......beautiful.
  7. MycroftW
    Aug 2, 2009
    His best one yet, so his long hiatus is forgiven. And allthough he still wears his influences (Al Green, Prince) on his sleave, I guess the best way to describe this record is as the R n B equivalent of Jeff Buckley's Grace.
  8. allheavens
    Aug 8, 2009
    The devil is in the details and this album is ALL about the details. A mature, concise, emotionally delicate and beautifully crafted album sung with remarkable grace. Does anyone else think that "Cold" is a virtual master class in musical composition? Kudos to the band, all I can say about you is DAMN, blistering brass section and wicked percussions.
  9. TarekM.
    Sep 4, 2009
    Brilliant, wonderful and delightly entertaining.
  10. Alan
    Jul 15, 2009
    Excellent. This is his best so far, to me. The songs are not catchy but so well executed. No filler.
  11. Lisandthenjudge
    Jul 16, 2009
    Great album. emotions flow and intertwine with his great voice. Amizing artist who provided great soul album this year.
  12. aresenen
    Jul 24, 2009
    This is what John Legend thinks he makes, but doesn't. What Prince would like to make, but can't anymore. What Marvin Gaye would have made. Maxwell proves he is the king of nu soul.
  13. ashleyj
    Jul 27, 2009
    I love this cd, can't stop listening to it.. Love his voice. Thank you maxwell.
  14. JeffM
    Jul 7, 2009
    What R&B is supposed to sound like from an amazingly talented artist.
  15. NikaW.
    Jul 7, 2009
    When all the artists of today all sound a like and are totally 'cookie cutter' with catchy beats and no substance. I am thrilled that Maxwell is back. The album is right on time!
  16. Gabri
    Aug 11, 2009
    Maxwell's voice is so deep and mature, the sound is so human and returns the listener an open heart feeling. Music that catches immediately, but with a long lasting flavour. An instant classic.
  17. albertaa
    Sep 11, 2009
    This album was worth the wait. These days the public are forced to listen to music with no story, lyrics with no meaning and voices with no soul. Maxwell has definitely given us 'real music'. Music that will be remembered and appreciated for a long time.
  18. michaelw
    Jul 18, 2009
    I cannot stop listening to this cd. I opened this with a bit of caution but was greeted with an album full of great vocals ,adult writing and a drummer who should get all the kudos available he makes this cd swing.
  19. JimmyP
    Jul 22, 2009
    This cd is a well executed release. Nobody is better at groove sessions than Maxwell.
  20. daver
    Jul 24, 2009
    No hooks, no catchy songs, it's true. Just deep, layered and well-crafted soul of the kind that just doesn't get made anymore. One or two more songs and I'd have given it a 10. Beautiful.

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Mar 16, 2011
    It's one of the best things you'll hear all year. Bring on the next two.
  2. Mar 15, 2011
    It's free of gimmicks (Hey, an R&B record without Auto-Tuned vocals!) or trendy producers (No Kanye, no Timbaland; instead, guitarist Hod David does most of the work). No wonder BLACKsummers'night walks its own confident path down the artier fringe of R&B.
  3. For all its dimensions and progress, the album is simultaneously designed to ensure that devoted fans will feel the wait was worth it.