Music Revolution 2010: Maxwell Stop’s The World
Music, like all manners of life, ranging from the economy, the seasons, what have you, goes around in cycles. There’s a period of innovation, rising success, climax, a repitition of ideas, and then an extended period of stagnant manurfacturing of soul-less product. So although the mainstream music scene seems dull now, it only means there’s nowhere to go but up.
Brooklyn’s own Maxwell (Rivera) took one of the first steps on the step ladder of innovation with his 2009 LP, BLACKsummer’snight, the first of a trilogy of albums to be released one year apart each. The newly minted Grammy award winning singer/songwriter dropped the pebble in the pond by keeping things simple: Live band, nine songs, two writers, 35 minutes. Eight years removed from its predecessor, the Billboard #1 Now, the East New York born crooner decided to in order to sing about life, he had to live life. Tracks like “Stop the World,” and singles “Pretty Wings” and “Bad Habits” are tidbits of his encounters during his self-inflicted hiatus. Soulful and profound, Maxwell managed to be traditional in approach of recording while still remaining current and contemporary to today. He despite his long layoff, he’s remained the most consistent figure in R&B; finding ways to be sexual without succumbing to cliches of mysogyny and hedonisism.
The released of the second part of the trilogy, blackSUMMER’Snight, is being pushed back due to the public’s enthusiastic reception to BLACKsummer’snight, enhanced by a summer tour with Jill Scott and requests for more singles, like “Fistful of Tears.” Maxwell knows he has our attention, and he’s going to milk it for all it’s worth…as well he should. This is a musical situation that is of mutual benefit.