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Classic Album Review: Maxwell | Now

The soul man slinks back on to the R&B scene with a seductive third album.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


The Urban Hang Suite is open again.

Soul man Maxwell slinks back on to the R&B scene with a seductive third album that wisely dispenses with the pretension of 1998’s Embrya to re-embrace the old-school lover-boy vibe of his debut. Sporting a band anchored by in-the-pocket slow-funk grooves and the axe majesty of guitar virtuoso Wah-Wah Watson, Maxwell gets down to sex you up, turning the lights down low and breathing in your ear in creamy tones and a Prince-ly falsetto. “They be trying to buy you flowers,” sings Maxy on Get to Know Ya, one of the album’s many smoove-groove ballads. “Others was trying to get in your trousers.” It’s not hard to tell that he could go either way.