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blackSUMMERS'night

Maxwell - blackSUMMERS'night
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #101 / 758
User Score
Based on 111 ratings
2016 Ratings: #135
July 1, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Neo-Soul, R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly
In the latest phase, he shows a new level of aggression and variety.
90
AllMusic

While the album is not as fluid as BLACKsummers'night and has a couple frayed ends, it includes a high quantity of open-hearted ballads and variable-tempo jams that sparkle with indisputable power.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Very few albums are worth such a long wait ... but blackSUMMERS’night is one of them – it’s an album that should live forever, purely because it sounds so detached from time.

84
Pitchfork

With forever-sophisticated lyrics sung in his still-creamy voice over a band so tight they sound loose, blackSUMMERS’night is probably Maxwell’s most cohesive effort since his sublime (critics panned it; they were wrong) sophomore album, Embrya—and the first since then with no skippable tracks.

80
Spin
Evolving from an inchoate and rhythmically lethargic R&B simulacrum to structures that, like a good poet’s command of the sonnet, gave him liberties within the affirmations of form, Maxwell has nevertheless sculpted an aqueous and often androgynous sound.
80
Exclaim!
Maxwell is R&B, evolved; one hopes that other artists are taking notes.
80
The Guardian
Mostly ... the music provides a minimalist, synthesiser-laden vehicle for smoothly introspective contemplations on love.
80
Rolling Stone
Think of Maxwell as R&B's Thom Yorke – a cosmic love man riding open-ended grooves that shift from inner exploration to booty motivation in the blink of an eye.
70
PopMatters

blackSUMMERS’night may not be a fully satisfying meal, but there are enough tasty morsels to leave us craving for the final one-third of the trilogy.

70
Clash

‘blackSUMMERS’night’ retains Maxwell’s sense of wonder and allure while opening him up to a new wave of electronic ambience, a natural haven for the singer when you remember his unjustly panned record ‘Embrya’.

aaron
80
Lake By The Ocean was the R&B SOTY.
tha138
70
It took him seven years for his second date with Black Summer and, having spent so much time reflecting on love, he returned, not just to seduce with his charm but, certain of his true needs, to behave like a gentle-man.
JAM
50
I was not very entertained with this release. "BlackSUMMERS'night" left me uninterested by the time it reached its second half. Maxwell's vocal performances felt unbalanced with the low-tempo production, which made the majority of the songs relatively forgettable and sluggish.

Favorite Tracks: ill, Lake by the Ocean

Least Favorites: Hostage, Fingers Crossed
Leozao
80
All kinds of groove working for it.
JulianGomez974
82
Sweet and smooth vocals accompany the fresh and genre fusion production in the followup to Maxwell's BLACKsummers'night. It might be too much for some people who don't like over the top vocal performances, but for those who love the listen heartbreaking, alive and passionate harmonies, this will be a joy ride from beggining to end. There's no weak songs here, the instrumentals have enough diversity to stand out on its own but don't feel disjointed at all. This may feel like a throwback, even ... read more
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Track List

  1. All the Ways Love Can Feel
  2. The Fall
  3. III
  4. Lake By the Ocean
  5. Fingers Crossed
  6. Hostage
  7. 1990X
  8. Gods
  9. Lost
  10. Of All Kind
  11. Listen Hear
  12. Night
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