Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, R&B
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: MAXWELL Title: NOW Street Release Date: 08/21/2001
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Street Release Date: 08/21/2001
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Peggy F. from MIAMI, FL
Reviewed on 9/10/2009...
If you love Maxwell, this cd is a must have. More smooth and funky beats in a style only Maxwell could pull off.
J. Highsmith | Mitchellville, Maryland United States | 08/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After seeing Maxwell's video for "Til The Cops Come Knockin'", I told myself that I would pick up his CD if I ever heard another good song. Once "Ascension: Don't Ever Wonder" hit the radio and blew up, I knew this CD would be a safe purchase to make and I wasn't disappointed at all. "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite" turned out to be a classic CD. My favorite songs were "Welcome", "Whenever Wherever Whatever", "Sumthin Sumthin" and "Lonely's The Only Other Company". Before his 2nd full length release dropped, Maxwell released "Maxwell's MTV Unplugged" in '97. The CD was tight but the most impressive song was a remake of the Kate Bush tune "A Woman's Work". Although he had achieved great success with his debut, this song alone, would push his career to another level. With the 1998 release of his 2nd CD, "Embrya", Maxwell caught some of his fans off guard because it wasn't like his 1st. I was pleased with the results and my favorite songs were "Luxury: Cococure" "Drowndeep: Hula", "Submerge...", "Know These Things", and "Everwanting...". While some people expected better and didn't think of highly as Maxwell, Others supported Maxwell and liked "Embrya". Maxwell showed up on The Life soundtrack with a nice slow jam, "Fortunate" produced by R Kelly and also on "The Best Man" soundtrack with "Let's Not Play The Game" and "As My Girl". In his 1st release in three years with "Now", it looks like Maxwell is back to get the respect that he may have so called lost. The 1st 2 singles from "Now", "Get To Know Ya" and "Lifetime" set the tone for the CD itself and that's probably why they were the first two songs. This makes the CD live up to it's expectations and believe me "Now" does. You will find an equal balance of uptempo and slow tracks and the CD has a soulful sound just like his debut did. It just seemed like Maxwell was trying something different for "Embrya". It seemed like is if that's how he was feeling at the time. Almost like Sade who can make a song like "Cherish The Day and then turn around and make a "Like A Tattoo" song. Usually, it's easy for me to pick a best song or a favorite but "Now" is one of those CDs that you put in the stereo and chill with someone you care about and let things take it's course. "Temporary Nite" and "Now/At The Party" are perfect house party jams. "Temporary Nite" is my favorite uptempo song on the CD. Songs like "Symptom Unknown", "Changed" and "W/As My Girl" make you think of heartache and pain. "Silently" is classic Maxwell and his fans will enjoy this midtempo song. This CD is a collector's item in itself because the studio version to "A Woman's Work" is on here. Even if people think he was a victim of the sophomore jinx, "Now" is definitely a classic. You should definitely add this CD to your Maxwell collection. "Now", "1st Born Second" by Bilal and "Songs In A Minor" by Alicia Keys are the best CDs out at this time."
Maxwell's Best. Without a Doubt Top 50 R&B of All Time
popedog3 | Chicago, IL | 08/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"NOW captures listeners, and takes them to a new atmosphere. Urban Hang Suite and Embryo did it same thing, but NOW takes a somewhat different approach. The first track, "Get To Know Ya," is an up tempo ballad filled with bass and guitar. After listening to the song once, Maxwell has captured you. After your heart rate gets a jump-start from the opening track, Maxwell slams the breaks and brings tears to your eyes with "Lifetime." Perhaps one of the most inspirational songs ever, "Lifetime" carries a gospel message disguised in a symphony of instruments. When I first heard "As My Girl," I labeled it as the "weak" track on the album. The chorus and amazing bass changed my view as I listened for the second time. Now the good stuff! By far the best two tracks on the album, "Changed" and "NoOne" might be two of the best R&B songs of all time. "Changed" offers two minutes of deep lyrics followed by an amazing bass solo followed by a nice guitar solo, then Maxwell really begins. I love the chorus of this song. "NoOne" resets the tempo of the album. It is impossible to put "NoOne" in your headphones without nodding your head. Maxwell's supernatural voice will force your head to bob. All you can do is put is on repeat. He finishes the album as strong as he starts it, but one noteworthy tune is "This Woman's Work." Everyone has heard the live "MTV Unplugged" version, but the studio version's better. It comes off as a sort of "remix" of the infamous live version. Maxwell changes a few notes and refreshes the already perfect song. Overall NOW is a masterpiece that alternates from upbeat songs to life inspiring tunes. Like Maxwell's hair, this is big and you gotta cop it!"