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Blacksummer's Night


Blacksummer's Night

The Brooklyn neo-soul pioneer with his third release

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  1. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    He is now playing in a different garden of music delights of which he’s the groomed and suited gatekeeper. BLACKsummers’night is distinct from anything that came before. It stands on its own and is compulsively listenable.
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  2. 8.0 |   Spin

    This neo-soul trailblazer hasn’t released a new album since 2001’s Now, but after returning to the stage last fall, Maxwell is coming back with a flourish
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

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  4. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    An R&B album about love, not just sex, for grown-ups who know the difference
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  5. 8.0 |   Spin

    Grittier and less New Age-y than his previous work, BLACKsummers’night suggests that Maxwell spent his sabbatical doing more than yoga.
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  6. 6.0 |   Observer Music Monthly

    Lacks the imagination of Maxwell's 1996 debut. ""I can be anything want me to be,"" he proclaims on Love You, a track that's as old school as its title intimates. Truth is, while his honeyed tones merit adoration, he is more soul purist than intrepid chameleon
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