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Customer Reviews

Not Like the Others

I had to take the time to write a review of this album (the first one I have bothered to write). I pre-ordered the Deluxe Version and was not disappointed. If people are looking for the exact same Maxwell that existed eight years ago, then they will be disappointed. This album is by an older, more mature man who sucessfully tackles some of the complexities of life and yet show hope and beauty in all situations. The music moves me. The growth is evident throughout the entire cd and the horn section is sick. I would compare this to D'Angelo's Voodoo on a growth perspective. Many fans want to hear the same thing they originally fell in love with in the same form. Those fans (and I count myself among them) who are willing to embrace the growth an artist goes through and enjoys traveling down that road with the artist will enjoy this trip. Maxwell, you took me on another emotional rollercoaster and I am the better for it. Stay true to your voice!!!! Fans should buy this album immediately. People who are new to Maxwell's music should buy this album immediately. If you don't get it the first time - listen again. Truth has a unique voice and you will all recognize it if you give it a chance.

8 years off , 35 minutes of music , $12.99 Come on we deserve better

Seriously this album is just ok compared to the earlier Maxwell albums. Pretty Wings was an awesome lead single and is by far the best song on the album. If you have your heart set on loving this album and play it for 24 hours straight you will probably learn to love it. But if you just listen to it objectively you will find it pretty mundane and corny at times. I'm hoping this is just the worst of the trilogy sort of like Star Wars the Phantom Menace


I feel like alot of people have become brain washed by all the upbeat tempo songs that don't have any meaning to them...just liking music because the beat is hot and not taking in time to listen to the actual words to see whats really behind the music. Granted this is not the Maxwell that everyone is use too, but at the same time this is the Maxwell that all of us should love. I get it. He is not the same person so his music is not going to be the same but instead of getting thrown off because the music itself doesn't catch you in the first 15 to 30 secs..try listen to what he is trying to convey to you. I am a true Maxwell fan and I'm not going to kiss anyone butt just because of who they do I like this cd vs his others???...not as much but none the less I really do like this cd. I will say that some of the songs (music wise) is not his m/o...but the lyrics.. you can tell that he wants to share with his fans his emotions..just like the "Old Maxwell". I respect that. "Playing Possum", "Fistful of Tears" "Cold"..nice songs..but honestly he did take me by suprise..BUT I WILL NOT SAY THAT THIS CD IS CRAP OR DOWN PLAY HIM..its just something new to embrace...which is a good thing. The cd itself is better than the samples Itunes give. So all and all..Am I glad I spent the 12.99 for the cd??? YES..YES I AM. All I know is that this is Maxwell..and he is back..RESPECT HIS GRIND!!!!


Born: May 23, 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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