It was not all that long ago that a self-imposed eight-year hiatus by an R&B singer was tantamount to quitting the game. Labels wouldnt have it; fans would forget.
Singer Maxwells retreat for most of the decade into pedestrian life doesnt appear to have hurt his career. BLACKSummersnight, his first release since 2001s Now has generated plenty of buzz and reportedly will make a splash on the charts any day now.
Maxwells re-arrival happens at a precipitous time, amid a listless modern soul scene where hardly anyone can resist the Auto-Tune button. Well call BLACKSummersnight a solid return, especially welcome considering contemporary R&Bs current state of affairs.
The 36-year-old Brooklyn-bred artist is a genuine singer in the classic mold of a Marvin Gaye. His stock-in-trade is smoldering restraint, but he can grasp for the rasp and turn up the passion when called for.