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  • Summary: The first album for the singer since 2001's "Now" is part of a planned trilogy (the next two albums to be named BlackSUMMERS'night and Blacksummers'NIGHT).
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. For those who like their pop delicate and unapologetically deep, this is one for turning up loud and wallowing.
  2. Maxwell might be delivering one course at a time, but for now, delivering one of the best albums of 2009 will sate your appetite just fine.
  3. For all its dimensions and progress, the album is simultaneously designed to ensure that devoted fans will feel the wait was worth it.
  4. BLACKsummers'night is however, an impressive return to form. This is undeniably enthralling music: masterful, captivating and marvelous.
  5. The album teeters on adult contemporary but never lets go of Maxwell's characteristic playful glint. Anyone remotely interested in his sound should pick this up.
  6. His sentiments rarely transcend the boudoir--and listeners lulled by the album's unvaryingly sleek, high-gloss beats may just drift off to dreamland before they get there.
  7. Maxwell's voice is so unusually rich and supple that at best, as on the mercurial 'Bad Habits,' you cannot help but disregard his fondness for cliche.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. 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! Expand
  2. 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. Expand
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Expand
  5. TarekM.
    Sep 4, 2009
    Brilliant, wonderful and delightly entertaining.
  6. 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. Expand
  7. Jul 6, 2012
    In my head I knew Maxwell, but this was until I heard the entire BLACK album. Anytime I ear a song of him i get something new that he try to teach me...

    This album is generous. 9 track, yes but that never will want you to miss those 22 records tracks. It is generous in terms of emotion, lyrical content, musicality and humanity. Maxwell shares it all.
    He crosses barriers and shows everyone the most vulnerable side of him. This is a more blues man Maxwell here that tells how broken he is by his previous relationships..
    During his early 20's in the 90's, he definitely was this sex symbol, now he still is but with this added fact that he his a grown man, and we can sense that.
    Every song whether you like them or not, will move you, but still you will like them but you're untitled to your opinion when it comes to which one is you favorite.
    I would say that Black is far from Urban's Hang Suite in so many levels but pretty much link to the 1st album of the soul singer. The sound is different, bold and completed with the generosity add by the sound delivered by his 10 piece band. We can hear wild blues-funk (Cold) slow jams (Stop the world) as far as ballads like the 1st single 'Pretty wings'.
    But it's quite evolved, the arrengements sounds very contemporary (Pheonix Rise) and the way the vintage feeling that occured doesn't seems fake or besides the point. It does shows a deep statement : NOWADAYS SOUL STILL EXISTS.
    The Grammy award winner let us understand that it was better for him to step away for a moment so that he could 'live life to create after' and bring us some raw material and it was WORTH waiting for so long. And still, if you don't know who Maxwell is, I would say that it is never too late. His discography justify what a lover of music he is and how his music doesn't respond to all the dictated codes of the industry and the shift that soul/rnb music is taking.

    ENJOY this album and keep you ears wide open and feel every sound of it.

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