Maxwell’s latest release was worth the wait

Back in my mama’s day, there were singers Teddy Pendergrass and Marvin Gaye. Their velvety voices made many a women want to (or actually) throw their panties on stage.

My generation has Maxwell, and with the release of the much anticipated BLACKsummersnight, he’s let everyone know he’s back after a self-imposed hiatus from the music business.

His latest release is a trilogy – with the next two discs being released in 2010 and 2011 – so his fans are guaranteed at least two more years of panty-dropping music.

With eight years between his last release Now and BLACKsummersnight, fans could only speculate. Would he still be in top form? Would his music still hit the soul and make love to the mind? Would he still have the sex appeal even though he shed those long beautiful locks?

Yes, yes, and hell YES!

Taking a break from the music business didn’t affect Maxwell’s ability to make music that takes you to another place. One day while listening to Stop the World, (my favorite cut right now) I literally stopped what I was doing because Maxwell was singing directly to me. “We about to stop the world tonight/we’re about to love/we ain’t got no worries/no battles/I’ma be with my girl tonight.”

You don’t have to tell me twice!

My other favorite is Bad Habit. I especially love the video (featuring actress Kerry Washington).

The only problem with the album is its length. Many people I’ve talked to are a little upset the CD only has nine songs. Previous Maxwell releases had an average of 11 songs, so he’s been pretty consistent.

Yeah, he could have added a few more, but I guess we’ll just have to wait until 2010 and 11 for more great music.

But let’s hope the next two albums have more music because I can’t get enough of Mr. Maxwell.

On repeat: Bad Habits and Stop the World
Skim through: None!

Maxwell will be on tour soon. Check this listing to see if he’s coming to a city near you.

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