BLACKsummers'night

Maxwell - BLACKsummers'night
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2009 Ratings: #63 / 834
User Score
Based on 26 ratings
2009 Ratings: #42
July 7, 2009 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Soul / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters
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.
90
AllMusic
For all its dimensions and progress, the album is simultaneously designed to ensure that devoted fans will feel the wait was worth it.
90
Sputnikmusic

BLACKsummers'night isn't just the soul album of the year, but also a top-tier addition to the canon of a once-fizzling scene. 

80
Spin
The first single’s called “Pretty Wings,” but the whole thing flies.
80
Rolling Stone
The result is an R&B album about love, not just sex, for grown-ups who know the difference.
78
Pitchfork

Maxwell is among the billions across the globe who have had their hearts broken at one time or another, but his latest record, BLACKsummers'night, is a deeply moving and evocative record that finds the singer expounding on this universal feeling like few can.

70
Slant Magazine

Upon first blush, there isn't much to chew on in BLACKsummers'night. Upon second pass, the absences become haunting.

Ntando
85
Best Track: Playing Possum
Worse Track: Phoenix Rise
Should U Get It?: Yes!
My Comment: Classic
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#22/PopMatters

Track List

  1. Bad Habits (Uncut)
  2. Cold
  3. Pretty Wings (Uncut)
  4. Help Somebody
  5. Stop The World
  6. Love You
  7. Fistful Of Tears
  8. Playing Possum
  9. Phoenix Rise
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