Now - Maxwell
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  • Summary: Soul singer-songwriter Maxwell returns with his third studio album, following 1998's 'Embrya' and his well-received 1996 debut 'Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite.' The disc includes a cover of longtime live staple "This Woman's Work" (a Kate Bush cover).
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    Maxwell's latest finds the steady and seductive soul-provider drawing more from the class of Marvin Gaye than the trash of R. Kelly--with a touch of spirituality thrown in.
  2. As mellowed-out as much of ''Now'' is, it's definitely not aural wallpaper, but a cohesive effort that rewards repeated listenings -- a veritable slow jam-boree.
  3. It should stand up as one of the most accomplished R&B recordings of this year, but one that is not emblematic of the artistic growth that Embrya suggested.
  4. Maxwell continues to delve into the sensuality that drove 1996's spacious Urban Hang Suite as well as '97's often over-decorated Embrya, but with a newly pared-back attack. He's in top-notch voice...
  5. 80
    When Maxwell sings songs cultivated to melt a girl's heart ("Silently"), it sounds more like grand, fervent gospel than a cheap, fevered move.
  6. Jul 24, 2012
    80
    This is grown-up, frequently gorgeous music that epitomises the very best in neo-soul.
  7. But for all its stylish exuberance, 'Now' is an album full of wonderful sounds that's lamentably thin on songs.

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
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  1. ShiraW.
    Jun 13, 2002
    10
    Maxwell always come with the best music. I belive in this album he opened himself up more to the ladies and I love him for that. I Love You Maxwell.
  2. chantriesefrancois
    Jan 31, 2002
    10
    the ultimate in sexuality put into words.
  3. LorraineM
    Mar 6, 2006
    10
    Best of the best i've ever heard.
  4. JeffreyM.
    Aug 14, 2002
    10
    This Album is a bomb!!! he did again, keep up the good work man. I can't seem 2 get enough of "This Woman's Work".
  5. nishah
    Jun 30, 2004
    10
    I give Mawell a 1000000 I think he is soooo talented and sooooo sexy if I could meet his mom I would thank her for having such a talented and I give Mawell a 1000000 I think he is soooo talented and sooooo sexy if I could meet his mom I would thank her for having such a talented and sexy man!!!!! Expand
  6. CocoaC
    Sep 8, 2004
    10
    Love the way he matures and converse to "Change" whenever it's in his space. His latest CD "NOW" is funky and smoothe at the same time. Love the way he matures and converse to "Change" whenever it's in his space. His latest CD "NOW" is funky and smoothe at the same time. Maxwell has the best soulful first of our times. Awaiting his lastest rebirth in album. Expand
  7. NHa
    Nov 17, 2001
    9
    This album is a reflection of Maxwells growth. I expect nothing less of this artist. The song "Silently" Is a sleeper hit.

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