fripodding and maxing out: BLACKsummers’night – maxwell

Once again, congratulations to Maxwell for winning Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song! Truly deserved after such a mighty comeback of being absent for the past 8 years.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on more: the Man, the Album or the Song… But I figured I can just cover the album today and pick one of the many songs I enjoyed off this great piece of work.

I bought the album after hearing rave reviews from everywhere, even a few friends here and there. I’ve been a fan of Maxwell’s previous songs, especially the songs “Lifetime”, “This Woman’s Work” and “Fortunate.” So I said, hey, why not? Apparently to the rest of the world, he’s making some awesome music. Boy, were they right! And Grammy seems to think the same thing too.

The album as a whole is totally listenable. That word is a major understatement as well as just a strange word. I usually judge albums by how many songs I skip on it, if any. Out of the 9 tracks, I can easily listen to the entire album without skipping any. I might skip one or two, but sometimes it’s just because I’m in a rush to get to the track immediately following.

A few of the tracks I gravitate to: Grammy Award winning and multi-nominated “Pretty Wings” (music video, which actually omits the soothing instrumentals at the end I was talking about, but the video is still beautiful nonetheless), “Help Somebody”, Grammy nominated “Love You”, and “Playing Possum.” The tracks in-between, or after, are also great… but these are the songs I sometimes specifically start with, have on repeat, or skip to.

Something else I love about this album, or the songs within, is the composition of many of the songs. After Maxwell is done singing, there are extensive outros. Meaning, there is just straight instruments for a good 15 seconds or more. Like an afterglow of music after the verses, choruses and adlibs are done. I’ve noticed this with Alicia Keys too.

The lyrics are top notch. Every song seems to have a different and specific story to tell… as all songs should. Makes you wonder what was going on with Maxwell at the time… or in the past 8 years. Whatever it was, it made for some awesome songwriting.

Let’s not forget Maxwell himself. What a voice! I think the only one comparable would be the Purple One, whom my mom thought it was at first. Perhaps the next closest contender would be Musiq Soulchild, whom I do like but I admit I haven’t really listened to him since his second album.

Lastly, I, along with millions of his fans, probably can’t wait for part 2 later this year. Assumingly titled blackSUMMERS’night. Oh yeah, this album is part 1 of a trilogy he’s releasing. This is rather exciting. I know it’s probably been done before, but this is the first time I’m aware of a musical trilogy. Movie trilogies are done all the time. But a master soul artist? Perhaps my mind is blanking out, but I already can’t wait for blacksummers’NIGHT. I’m also super curious what these album covers look like. And I almost wanna bet there will be a “boxed set” sometime after the third album is released, so the die hards have an ultimate Maxwell collection.

…Okay, I might be one of those people too. As long as each of the following albums are as good as this one, of course. And I don’t have any reason to doubt they won’t be so sign me up.

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in albums, best albums, friday, fripodding, music
5 comments on “fripodding and maxing out: BLACKsummers’night – maxwell
  1. To avoid the ice age the herd of prehistoric animals are trying in order to migrate south.
    Then, create sure which all of the DVDs tend to be included in the
    relevant DVD situation. The producers of the Lost Box Set DVD need

  2. the internet shopping is really preferred and sophisticated
    and recently there are lots of internet based trading markets available through the online.

    Taking a leaf from the table or adding one, is also an additional good answer, it might completely change the dimensions of your very
    own eating room. Most people say they are not caught granite
    top dining table alone, as though going solo as part of the restaurant table is the most bad thing that can ever happen in order to your.
    Not only this piece of furniture improves a great element of elegance in your very own home, but also is actually the
    central aim of attraction and also attention for the guests and visitors.

  3. Dallas says:

    These are some of the essential techniques and also helpful techniques to get a hold of out the
    maintenance giving you companies for electrical operate, plumbing system work carpentry, bricklaying.
    A steeplejack is actually a specialist builder that is prepared in
    order to work at levels through factory chimneys, church steeples and different similarly
    high buildings. You possibly can easily prepare a selection of the very best provider giving you providers which might fit your needs.
    This mean that you require another wall, and that is
    the foundation, so as to construct our brick wall.

  4. These are a few of the essential techniques and also helpful methods to notice out
    the maintenance providing service providers for electric work, plumbing operate carpentry, bricklaying.
    Brick pavers might be made of clay, shale, soft slate, calcium silicate, concrete, or
    perhaps shaped from quarried stone. Ergonomics is just the application of science in order to the software we use and the techniques within which one we work.
    Fred Dibner is a famous steeplejack in England, whom has his own tv show, about blowing up old factory chimneys.

  5. When speaking with regards to style, it’s not only restricted to the clothes you put on since you can take pleasure in having it on the stuff you will make use of, and to your house at the same time. Beautify your home by incorporating several Ralph Lauren beddings as well as decors. The Lauren home collections are ideal for people who want to boost the looks of their house making use of furnishings with simple and contemporary designs that were made out of higher level of craftsmanship. The quiet class that you see in the design of their clothing lines is also seen in their home collections.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,475 other subscribers
Follow the indoob! network on
February 2010
Blog Stats
  • 32,678 hits
  • 187. the colden times March 29, 2023
    t. sterling watson is discussing the Warner Brothers and Discovery merger, which resulted in the cancellation of some shows, including Close Enough and Infinity Train, discussing the FAST channels, such as Pluto TV, IMDb TV, and the Roku Channel, and how Crackle is still the worst with its random commercials. He is also discussing the upcoming WB TV channels […]
  • 186. a high F March 16, 2023
    This episode is mostly a review of the Oscars and the low prediction score from Sterling due to lack of research as he explains how he usually makes his predictions and how he made his guesses this year. Lots of wins for Everything, Everywhere All At Once, and why he's not as upset about Angela Bassett not winning as everyone else seems to be. Later, Ko […]
  • 185. snow day, date nights, and me-shades March 1, 2023
    Sterling and Kortney discuss the snowstorm and how it has affected their lives in the past. They also talk about their date nights and how they need a place to vent and discuss things like grown married people. Later they discuss the trend of big red boots, a giant fruit loop, and the Space Force, a fifth branch of the US government created by President Trum […]
%d bloggers like this: