Out today, BLACKsummers'night is the first full-length Maxwell release since Now, his critically-acclaimed third studio album that debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in August 2001.
The sensuous opening installment of the artist's monumental BLACKSUMMERS'NIGHT trilogy will be followed by blackSUMMERS'night and blacksummers'NIGHT, which are slated for release in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Composed of nine indelible songs, BLACKsummers'night finds Maxwell exploring life with a bold and purposeful sensuality unmistakably his own. Opening with a delicate hint of wistful chimes, the first single, "Pretty Wings," is nostalgic ("your face will be the reason I smile"), and yet undeniably passionate. Another of the album's more persuasive songs is "Stop the World." A rhythmic rush of desire, Maxwell describes "Stop the World" as "having corporal relations. That's what I call having sex...and that's stopping the world." Equally personal is "Fistful of Tears." Shifting from those oh so recognizable falsettos and baritones, Maxwell rides the melody like a man both possessed by and resigned to his feelings. Then there's the jazz thumping "Cold." Peppered by a funked up horn section and wrapped in a moist honey soaked groove, this head bopping track finds Maxwell asking the eternal lovers question, "why do you like me like you do?" It's very sexy stuff.