Author: Shanel Brock
After nearly a two year absence, neo-soul legend Maxwell releases his part-two blackSUMMERS’night album. Maxwell has helped pave the way for other neo-soul artists.
blackSUMMERS’night is a part two to his last album BLACKsummersnights, that featured the hit “Pretty Wings” in 2009. Luckily, you don’t have to listen to the first one to understand what’s going on. However, you should still give it a listen. Maxwell hasn’t failed to bless us with his swooning vocals and lyrics.
“Lake By The Ocean” is the fourth song on the album. It has reached some radio play, but it is still a piece of work. The lyrics in this song are just amazing. “why do I live inside of you” and “love is the medicine, I can heal us”, it’s every lovers ballad. He says “‘Being content in a lake when you have an entire ocean near you is the epitome of true happiness.”
“1990x” starts off with jazzy undertones that follow up with Maxwell peaking through the intro like the sun after a storm. His notorious way of harmonizing is every reason to listen to the song.
The song “One of a Kind” will have you snapping your fingers from beginning to end. Maxwell’s soft falsetto takes you away throughout the rest of the song, as he tells a story about being “one of a kind”. His lover has something that makes him view her as “one of a kind”, whether it be the sway in her walk, the smile on her face, or just the simplicity of her own being.
Overall, BLACKSUMMERSnights is an orchastra of melodies and lyrics that’ll put you in a mood to love or be loved. It’s beautiful, to say the very least.
If you haven’t guessed already, there is expected to be a part three in this trilogy of Blacksummers’nights. To find out when that will be, keep up with the legend himself on his Twitter and Instagram. Make sure you go out and experience the pleasure in blackSUMMERS’nights.