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Fifth studio album and first in seven years from the Brooklyn neo-soul singer-songwriter, producer and actor

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  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    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. Each one is supremely sculpted
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Very few albums are worth such a long wait, though, but blackSUMMERS’night is one of them – it’s an album that should live forever, purely because it sounds so detached from time
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  3. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    The album may be musing or abstracted, but that’s his hallmark, and blackSUMMERS’night is polished to a blinding sheen
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  4. 8.0 |   Spin

    So assured of its luxuriance that it clocks in at a trim 46 minutes, blackSUMMERS’night nonetheless leaves one sated
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  5. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The ambitious R&B vet delivers Prince-ly pleasures on a sweeping LP
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Maxwell is singing wonderfully, from the airy falsetto in 1990x to the beautiful vulnerability in Listen Hear
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  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Sonically, the sound is purring percussion, soothing electronics and stirring orchestral vibes
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  8. 7.0 |   Beardfood

    A new-age lounge gem that dives deep into feelings and emotion.
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  9. 7.0 |   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
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  10. 7.0 |   The Music

    Maxwell flows over instrumentals and inhabits different soundscapes with all the ease and comfort of trying on a new tailor-made suit
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  11. 7.0 |   Clash

    Retains Maxwell’s sense of wonder and allure while opening him up to a new wave of electronic ambience
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  12. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Despite its many flaws, blackSUMMERS’night is one of the year’s most fascinating R&B albums and proof that the genre’s old guard is just as capable of creating innovative, mind-bending music as the Frank Oceans and Beyoncés that populate its vanguard today
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  13. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Where his debut was part Marvin Gaye, part Prince, blackSummers’ Night is light on funk, making its creator, in the era of Frank Ocean, look like the yesterday’s man of R&B
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  14. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    There are far too many moments here when he appears to be relying on that rich, chocolate voice to woo you rather than try something different or risky
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