Whatever happened to... Maxwell?

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It's been nearly 4 years since Now and internet searches for any information more recent than that are turning up zilch. Anyone know?

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Saturday, 19 February 2005 23:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Have you seen this man?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 19 February 2005 23:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Him and Rockwell are smoking blunts with D'Angelo

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 21 February 2005 01:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Roachford's mixing drinks.

why must we cut onions? (Lynskey), Monday, 21 February 2005 01:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ChesnuTT's knocking to get in.

jergins (jergins), Monday, 21 February 2005 01:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Kate Bush finally got hold of him for what he did to "This Woman's Work" and rightly slit his throat.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 21 February 2005 16:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Huh? I thought he served "This Woman's Work" quite well. If you want to be angry at someone for ruining a Kate Bush song, may I point you in the direction of The Futureheads?

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Monday, 21 February 2005 16:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

A friend finally burned me his Unplugged disc. The NIN cover is great!

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 21 February 2005 17:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Apparently, he has a new record finished, but the record company finds it to be way too vulgar, and refuses to release it.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Wednesday, 15 June 2005 16:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Michael Musto said the same thing last week. Please let this leak.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Thursday, 16 June 2005 04:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this is Maxwell's Black Album, so obviously someone must photoshop him onto the Lovesexy cover.

Gear! (can Jung shill it, Mu?) (Gear!), Thursday, 16 June 2005 04:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

"Kate Bush finally got hold of him for what he did to "This Woman's Work" and rightly slit his throat."

Sorry, but that's a beautiful version of a great song. He more than did it justice. New album's on the way apparently.

j-rock, Thursday, 13 September 2007 17:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

this is never coming out eh.

that snippet that he put on his myspace a few months ago was pretty nice/

The Brainwasher, Monday, 25 February 2008 00:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=P1LjrMYeuJI

The Brainwasher, Thursday, 26 June 2008 04:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

there was a feature on him in vibe the other month. didnt really read it properly but he has a totally new look (non pretty boy) and record co. troubles seem to be the reason he still hasnt put anything out.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 7 January 2009 18:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

This ;)

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 8 January 2009 04:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Geir you're a sick fuck

some dude, Thursday, 8 January 2009 04:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

New album BlackSummer'sNight Pt. 1 (of 3) out July 7th, 2009

Album Preview: Maxwell "Black Summers' Night"

It's been eight years since Maxwell released "Now". For most artists, that's a career suicide to be in a hiatus for almost a decade. For Maxwell, all the time away ever did was increase the buzz for the enigma's comeback album. An appearance at the BET Awards last year only heightened the buzz for a Maxwell return and finally it will happen.

The return of Maxwell. Are you ready?

Now, after an extended break, Maxwell is set to return with not one, but a trilogy of albums. The title of the release is "Black Summers' Night" and will drop in three different installments with "Black" being the first to be released this summer. There is no scheduled release date for the other two installments but BET.com did get word that the songs are recorded and completed for both "Summer" and "Night".

BET.com got a chance to hear the first album of the "Black Summers' Night" and for those concerned that Maxwell may have changed his sound, fear not, Maxwell has not lost a step. Before we go any further, it is imperative to note that there are no Lil Wayne guest appearances, no Kanye West production and no Autotune. It is safe to say that the lush arrangements and vocals that have made many a lady heart melt is still intact.

Many of the songs feature several movements and some stretches of noteworthy instrumentation. Sure, Maxwell is known for his impressive vocal talents, but the production on this outing masterfully brings the album full circle.

Scheduled for an early July release date, "Black" features songs stuffed full of emotion and energy. Brooding love jams, funky basslines and Maxwell begging, pleading, loving and crooning his way through the 9 song release. Although we cannot release song titles as of yet, just know that it is indeed vintage Maxwell.

Maxwell has also decided to keep it short and sweet with 9 offerings that will surely leave the listener yearning for more.

The first single and video will be "Pretty Wings" which will also debut exclusively on 106 & Park next Tuesday, April 28. Maxwell will also be holding a press conference after his 106 appearance to announce further details regarding his upcoming album and a tour that will begin in June.

Maxwell has also been the first artist confirmed to perform at this year's BET Awards.

tracklist:

bad habits

cold

pretty wings

love you

stop the world

fistful of tears

help somebody

playing possum

phoenix rise

and then it comes to me... like an epiphany (The Brainwasher), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 08:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

cant wait. tho i dont expect all 3 albums.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 08:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

Single is on iTunes now:

and then it comes to me... like an epiphany (The Brainwasher), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 13:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

There was a great presentation from Jason King at EMP basically wondering when the dude would stop screwing around with those three albums so hey, a glimmer of light.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 14:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

The funniest part of that presentation was King reading a Maxwell EMO BLOG ENTRY with the "Whenever Wherever Whatever" video playing in the background.

I've never really been a huge Maxwell fan, but I'm totally stoked for this.

The-Reverend (rev), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hahaha, yes on the blog thing. A perfect combination.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

I also liked Jason saying "I see him jogging around my neighborhood, he hasn't disappeared!"

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 18:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

I see a mention of Rockwell upthread and can't help but wonder if there is anyone or anything that has mentioned what he is up to. The obvious paranoia in some of his stuff suggests he might make for a good interview.

litcofsky, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 19:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://twitter.com/wgordy

There's kind of a resemblance there, no?

litcofsky, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 19:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Or nevermind, I am a moron. Not the same person.

litcofsky, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 19:36 (seven years ago) Permalink










cumlord jamar (The Reverend), Friday, 8 May 2009 02:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is superdope

cumlord jamar (The Reverend), Friday, 8 May 2009 02:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

In a word, yeah.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 May 2009 02:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

i saw him live back in October 01, that shit was off the hook. been looking forward to another record by him since about then. now we just need d'angelo to release another album and i will be happy for another 10 years or so.....

pipecock, Friday, 8 May 2009 03:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is great

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 8 May 2009 21:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Heard Donnie Simpson interview him recently. He mostly came across real normal and down-to-earth. Of course, Donnie did not really follow-up on Maxwell's non-detailed answer to what he's been doing all this time. He noted that a relationship he was in did not work out, and that he's been traveling alot. They were both busy complimenting one another.

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 May 2009 22:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

cant wait to hear this but im surprised no one had mentioned the rumors around why they were having trouble marketing dude

btw urban hang suite is easy top ten of the 90s record to me

autogucci cru (deej), Saturday, 9 May 2009 02:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

you mean the gay rumors?

sex and gambling (The Brainwasher), Saturday, 9 May 2009 02:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

Heads up:

Soul Master Maxwell

Appears on KCRW TOMORROW, May 13 for a Rare Interview

KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad will host the long awaited return of the soul icon at 9pm PST.

KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad will host the long-awaited return of soul icon Maxwell live this Wednesday, May 13 at 9pm PST. Expect classic Maxwell tunes along with an interview and some tracks from his forthcoming album "BLACKsummer's Night." This is Maxwell’s first appearance on the Santa Monica-based public radio station. The session will air live on KCRW 89.9 FM and on KCRW.com.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 12 May 2009 17:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

i like pretty wings but something about the melody is every so slightly throwaway by his usual standards. plus the chorus makes me think of old sanitary pad tv adverts.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Tuesday, 12 May 2009 22:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

hey, it's got gamelan in it!

messiahwannabe, Wednesday, 13 May 2009 09:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

1. Bad Habits 5:52
2. Cold 4:01
3. Pretty Wings 5:09
4. Help Somebody 4:01
5. Stop The World 3:55
6. Love You 3:35
7. Fistful Of Tears 3:40
8. Playing Possum 4:22
9. Phoenix Rise 2:41

i'm educated in sex, yes (The Brainwasher), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 03:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

wow is that short

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 04:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

37 minsish? Trad LP length....

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 08:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

I am completely in love with this song.

Matos W.K., Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

otm

autogucci cru (deej), Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

Like, single of the year.

Matos W.K., Tuesday, 26 May 2009 10:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

^^ possibly yeah

some dude, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

basically the first time i heard it i was just getting home and i had to park and just sit and listen to it until it was over.

some dude, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 13:13 (seven years ago) Permalink



a hater (The Reverend), Friday, 5 June 2009 08:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wow.

Matos W.K., Friday, 5 June 2009 08:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

We holdin up unopened bottles, empty glasses, unlit cigars and posin with clothed girls.

StanM, Friday, 5 June 2009 08:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

how many cliches in one picture.
this does indeed look very staged.

mark e, Friday, 5 June 2009 08:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Killfiling anyone and everyone with a word to say against Embrya.

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Monday, 13 June 2016 19:32 (five months ago) Permalink

I actually don't feel that strongly about any of his other albums (although I do about a song or two on each of them) but Embrya is like

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Monday, 13 June 2016 19:34 (five months ago) Permalink

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 24 June 2016 16:41 (five months ago) Permalink

^^^ this song

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 24 June 2016 16:41 (five months ago) Permalink

New album's good.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 June 2016 16:44 (five months ago) Permalink

i think i like the demo of "gods" better but i had..... very high expectations for the full version

J0rdan S., Saturday, 25 June 2016 20:35 (five months ago) Permalink

Wait what demo?!

Austin, Saturday, 25 June 2016 22:49 (five months ago) Permalink

filed my review a few hours ago. Preview: I'm in love.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 June 2016 03:23 (five months ago) Permalink

all the ways that love can be

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 27 June 2016 04:19 (five months ago) Permalink

just in: "drowndeep" still the best song ever

k3vin k., Monday, 27 June 2016 04:41 (five months ago) Permalink

gods just makes me think that you can now spot a maxwell song from a 100 miles. his melodies are so, so similar now. hes really settled into 'just doing me', for better/worse.

StillAdvance, Monday, 27 June 2016 10:01 (five months ago) Permalink

its also his phrasing.

StillAdvance, Monday, 27 June 2016 10:05 (five months ago) Permalink

wow, was not expecting these disco vibes:

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Monday, 27 June 2016 17:58 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah that song rules a lot

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 27 June 2016 18:02 (five months ago) Permalink

for a few day it was my favorite

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 June 2016 18:11 (five months ago) Permalink

has this leaked or what

moistest hoist (Spottie), Monday, 27 June 2016 18:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Not that I can see.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 27 June 2016 18:13 (five months ago) Permalink

i need this in my life

moistest hoist (Spottie), Monday, 27 June 2016 18:14 (five months ago) Permalink

grab a coffee

https://news.starbucks.com/news/maxwell-to-preview-album-at-starbucks

maura, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:37 (five months ago) Permalink

My review.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:13 (five months ago) Permalink

great review alfred!

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:31 (five months ago) Permalink

thank you!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:32 (five months ago) Permalink

can't believe both spin and maxwell made it to maxwell's fifth album

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 29 June 2016 16:33 (five months ago) Permalink

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 16:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Nice review Alfred but I learned a lot more from the comments section than the actual review itself.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 18:56 (five months ago) Permalink

I did too and am putting that plan into action.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 20:14 (five months ago) Permalink

It's up on Apple Music and... oh my god is it sensational

Evan R, Friday, 1 July 2016 19:06 (five months ago) Permalink

Went looking for this at Target today; they had a spot for it on their new releases endcap but no actual copies. Maybe I'll be able to find it in NYC tomorrow. I hear tell they still have some actual record stores there.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 1 July 2016 20:30 (five months ago) Permalink

i'm finding it less immediate than the last album but it ends really strongly

some dude, Friday, 1 July 2016 20:35 (five months ago) Permalink

Feels even busier and richer than its predecessor on my first listens; it's gonna take some spins to sort out everything happening on some of these songs. "Hostage," "Ocean" and "All The Ways Love Can Feel" are the ones that floored me immediately.

It's much more upbeat and less remorseful than the last one. I do miss some of the melancholy but that's just preferential b/c this is really hitting the spot, too.

Evan R, Friday, 1 July 2016 20:43 (five months ago) Permalink

also man the drummer can get some

Evan R, Friday, 1 July 2016 20:43 (five months ago) Permalink

"Gods" and "Lost" are as straightforward as he gets.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 July 2016 20:45 (five months ago) Permalink

also man the drummer can get some

the "drummer" is alternately hod david, mark colenburg, and jermaine parrish (plus stewart matthewman plays drums on his two tracks). when i talked to maxwell he implied he also played some of the drums but i can't detect that in the liner notes

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 1 July 2016 20:54 (five months ago) Permalink

but yeah they can all get some

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 1 July 2016 20:54 (five months ago) Permalink

Kinda fascinated by how many demons and anxieties hide in the shadows of even the more uplifting songs here. Interesting balances between light and dark all around

Evan R, Friday, 1 July 2016 21:03 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah imo it *feels* more upbeat but in its heart it is not

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 1 July 2016 21:04 (five months ago) Permalink

e "drummer" is alternately hod david, mark colenburg, and jermaine parrish (plus stewart matthewman plays drums on his two tracks). when i talked to maxwell he implied he also played some of the drums but i can't detect that in the liner notes

― who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson),

he's not credited on instruments -- demos maybe?

makes me wonder what's his primary instrument? Also, I get the impression that he isn't a lyrics-only songwriter -- he and David write everything, right?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 July 2016 21:45 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah I too wonder and prob should've asked but i was just sort of stunned by his answer about drumming (I was specifically curious about whether chris dave is on this record and he's 100 percent not)

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 1 July 2016 21:47 (five months ago) Permalink

damn what kind of reporter are you

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 July 2016 22:36 (five months ago) Permalink

a music writer

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 1 July 2016 22:39 (five months ago) Permalink

First listen right now. I didn't preview any of the pre-release songs past 'Lake by the Ocean' and '1990x' so I wasn't really ready for how spaced out and layered this thing is. About half of it is very reminiscent of Embrya. And lyrically, jeez. This probably just edges out Now to be his most introspective album.

Just one listen, but I can already say this is a much "deeper" album than BLACK was. That one probably has the better highlights, but overall, SUMMERS' feels like the more consistent work.

Austin, Saturday, 2 July 2016 01:08 (five months ago) Permalink

BLACK had a "Bad Habits" on it, and this one doesn't. But "Lake By The Ocean" is every bit as good as "Pretty Wings," and that's no small feat

Evan R, Monday, 4 July 2016 14:34 (five months ago) Permalink

this is really gorgeous

ufo, Monday, 4 July 2016 14:52 (five months ago) Permalink

So here's a really fucking nerdy story...

Last night I needed to rip blackSUMMERS'night into iTunes. And I figured while I was at it, I'd rip its predecessor, BLACKsummers'night, as well. Well, it turns out iTunes isn't particularly case sensitive where album titles are concerned, and it thought they were both the same album. My first thought was that I'd insert the years of release, like so: "BLACKsummers'night (2009)", "blackSUMMERS'night (2016)". I've done that in the past when artists had multiple self-titled albums, e.g. "Elvis (1955)", "Elvis (1973)". But that looked shitty, so what I finally ended up doing was going into the Sorting field and changing the titles there. So BLACKsummers'night is sorted as "Black", and blackSUMMERS'night is sorted as "Summers." Isn't that exciting?

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 5 July 2016 23:11 (four months ago) Permalink

Ahh, that's a really good solution to that problem, Don! I had entered them as different discs, as in BLACK was disc 1 of 3, SUMMERS' was 2 of 3. But I think I like your way better.

Austin, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 03:25 (four months ago) Permalink

i think i must've listened to "hostage" 15 times in a row last night

Heez, Monday, 18 July 2016 14:48 (four months ago) Permalink

great track. last 90 seconds are sublime

Spottie, Monday, 18 July 2016 17:29 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"fingers crossed" feels like a sequel to "love you"

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 August 2016 19:03 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The vinyl version of this looks/sounds/is beautiful.

This record is growing on me every bit as much as I could have hoped. One of the best of the year. I don't know how I didn't even notice "Lost" until recently.

Evan R, Thursday, 29 September 2016 01:45 (two months ago) Permalink


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