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Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite

Maxwell

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Album Review

Maxwell's debut offers up a sophisticated and stylized take on late-'60s and early-'70 soul. Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and the like are subtly referenced over the course of these 11 tracks of wide-screen soul. Mixing sensual funk with ballad sincerity, Maxwell coolly sings through highlights like "Welcome," "...Til the Cops Come Knockin'," and "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)." The atmospheric, cool-breeze soundscape comes courtesy of Maxwell and Sade cohort Stuart Mathewman. More expansive and airy sounding than the deep groove and gospel sides by fellow retro-soulster D'Angelo, Urban Hang Suite is destined to become a classic contemporary R&B disc.

Customer Reviews

smooth, sexy and delicious

Soft and sensiuos... smooth rhythms, soft beats and deliciously sexy words roll from one song into the next. I cannot rave more about this album, an all time favourite and absolutely dateless. Is that album you pick up and play once a year and it just gets better every time. Gaurenteed to get the prudiest of PRUDES in the mood......

Urban Hang Suite

I would differently highly recommend this album to any "Maxwell" fan or any one looking to fine a album that set's a good mood, not only does Maxwell take you to a point of just wanting to listen to more , but the music is just magic, two thumbs up from me ,

A Fleeting Moment in Time

This album conjures a special moment in time for more than just me I'd say. When this album came out, R&B was popular, but not cool. What was cool was very different - Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, Digable Planets, Chilli Peppers, even No Doubt !

But everyone I knew had a lot of time for this album. It was the pre-cursor to the 'chill' genre, the kind of soothing soul that had been missing from a heavily medicated and truthfully quite aggressive culture by that point - off of the back of Kurt and Courtney, etc a few years earlier.

This is the direction that Lenny should have gone in at the time, off of the back of Mamma Said.

Biography

Born: 23 May 1973 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Along with fellow founders D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell was enormously important in defining and shaping the neo-soul movement that rose to prominence over the latter half of the '90s. Drawing his greatest inspiration from the concept of the R&B auteur (looking to artists like Prince, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, etc.), Maxwell recorded some of the most ambitious R&B of his time, becoming wildly popular and often earning critical raves in...
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