You just can't stop the man. The past couple weeks his name has been everywhere. And now we can shout him out again a MAXWELL comes in this week with the #1 album in the US!! The man moved 316,499 units after taking an 8 year break! There are some cats coming out today that can't even total those numbers the whole life of their album. But I digress.
Not only do these SoundScan numbers account for the biggest album total this week, but also the biggest debut of Maxwell's career. So please give the man some props and his team over at Columbia Records. If you still haven't gotten a copy of the album then you need to go pick it up. Peep some of the reviews below.
"Grittier, more grown-up, and more experimental with an album of soulfulness and substance." – Jon Pareles, The New York Times
"His mostly laid-back music remains potent, mixing introspection, melancholy, and desire."- Chris Farley, Wall Street Journal
"BLACKsummers'night finds Maxwell smoothly picking up where he left off, his moves familiar yet still irresistible. Silky vocals…make this one exquisite listening experience. What the hell have people been making love to since Maxwell went away?" – Chuck Arnold, People
"A powerful dose of heartbroken soul" - Simon Vozick-Levinson, Entertainment Weekly
"BLACKsummers'night reminds you why Maxwell is the premiere R&B vocalist of his generation." – Ken Capobianco, Boston Globe
"BLACKsummers'night evokes the complex late '70s albums of Marvin Gaye, when the singer was making his most deeply personal music" - Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune
"Few modern singers put so much soul and feeling into such righteous grooves"- Matt Pais, Metromix
See, I'm not trying to swindle you. Just speaking the truth. Anyway, Maxwell is also about to set out on tour so check out the dates and go see him if he's in a town near you. I was fortunate to get a glimpse of his performances at the BET Awards and the CBS Early Show earlier this summer and he puts on a nice set. So check dude out, and congratulations again.
Wed-Jul-15 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
Thu-Jul-16 Cleveland, OH Allen Theatre
Sat-Jul-18 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz
Sun-Jul-19 Buffalo, NY Sheas PAC
Tue-Jul-21 Albany, NY The Palace
Wed-Jul-22 New Jersey NJPAC
Fri-Jul-24 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata
Sat-Jul-25 Foxwoods Foxwoods
Mon-Jul-27 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall
Tue-Jul-28 Savannah, GA Johnny Mercer
Thu-Jul-30 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Fri-Jul-31 Miami, FL Waterfront Theatre at the American Airlines Arena
Additional tour dates & information TBA