Wednesday, July 8, 2009


July 7th 2009 was the day the music industry changed for the better. It was the day"class" was injected back into the industry and this time the industry will be rewarded for it. Maxwell’s new album BLACKsummers'night was released on July 7th 2009 and it is a work of musical art, that will produce numbers.

BLACKsummers'night is full of emotions that only great music can give you. I feel almost as though I am able to feel what he was feeling when these songs were created.

The music and the lyrics stay with you. On the song “FIST FULL OF TEARS” Maxwell says…

We gon fight the war
We gon fight our fears
The only thing I wanna throw is a fistful of tears
How deep is that?

This unbelievable masterpiece will take you back to the old school (CLASSIC UNIVERSITY) days of Marvin Gaye, The O'Jays, The Whispers, Luther Vandross, and The Commodores.

When a man is able to comeback and make music like this after close to a decade of down time, in the mind of Classic University, Maxwell is now in the same category with legends like Stevie Wonder and Prince. Yes I said it. I know he has not made nearly as much music as they have but he has been extremely consistent and the quality as has been as high as it gets each and every time.

I never thought I would be saying this but Maxwell is even more musical than he has ever been on this album. Feels strange saying this but Maxwell has grown, matured if you will, as an artist and we the listeners have benefitted tremendously. I read that Maxwell used a 10-piece band live in the studio and it is very obvious in the sound and vibe that the chemistry was through the roof.

This process should be a shot of espresso to a music industry that needs to WAKE UP!!! We need more 10 piece live bands in the studio! That kind of sound CANNOT be duplicated by computers.

The only problem I have with the masterpiece is that it is not long enough. There are only 9 songs and I am already hungry for the next of the BLACKSUMMERS' NIGHT trilogy. Honestly, I can talk about this album forever, but in closing, here is a little more information on the BLACKSUMMERS' NIGHT trilogy.

The trilogy's subsequent chapters, blackSUMMERS' night and blacksummers' NIGHT, are slated for release in 2010 and 2011 respectively. This 2009 album reunites Maxwell with long-time collaborator Hod David, who serves as co-producer and co-writer of the album. Striving for an emotional authenticity and real world sound for the album, Maxwell and Hod recorded the entire album live in the studio with an A-list ensemble of elegantly sympathetic musicians.

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