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May312012

Maxwell update (sorta!)

I’m smiling as I refer to the following as ‘bad news’.

Recent tweets and Facebook updates from Maxwell bring huge focus on to his much delayed sequel to ‘BLACKsummers’night’, ‘blackSUMMERS’night’.  (No, I haven’t typed the same album name twice – the clue is in the caps.)

The first of what was to be a trilogy of albums came to us in 2009, and after an 8 year gap since his last album, ‘Now’, the new work was hugely well-received.  Truth be told, it’s something that was fairly incredible.  The initial plan was for the follow-up releases (‘blackSUMMERS’night’ and ‘blacksummers’NIGHT’) to be unveiled over the following two years but I imagine was a plan that crumbled following BLACK’s success – Columbia Records perhaps wanting to make sure they squeezed everything possible from the album that they could?

Anyway, seeing as the next in the series was to be dubbed ‘SUMMERS’’, it was fairly logical for fans to have been eagerly awaiting the follow-up in the summer of 2010.  Sadly, when that didn’t happen, all hope fell on to the summer of 2011.  Nothing.  And, here we are in 2012 and the following tantalising carrot dangled by Maxwell himself.


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150797845190997&set=a.196353330996.138750.97452840996

OF ALL KIND

one day in and the next you’re out
there’s no way to insure that no danger
will not be found
will your angels hear the sounds
will i ever be where you are where spirits go
if my end should come i can only hope that..

there is a light and no end in sight
where god and you are combined
in the brightest light of all kind..

musze/david | Copyright © 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Including album artwork too:  https://twitter.com/#!/_MAXWELL_/status/205150280592003072

Where’s the bad news then? I don’t know.  I guess I’m just a pessimist.  With no release date announced, no single released to radio, there’s really only about three months to put everything together.  Will it happen?  I dunno.  I hope so.  But I just fear that the baited breath will still be holding until 2013.

Ha Ha, I do sound bad, don’t I?  I guess like all serious fans, the waves of anticipation are the hard part to deal with.  It’s very much like the eventual return of D’Angelo which had 12 years of periodic “He’s back!” moments, inevitably followed by, “No he’s not!”.

The super cool part about Maxwell is the fact that since 2008, he’s consistently worked.  He released 4 singles from that album, toured extensively with an amazing band that included Saunders Sermons and three-quarters of the Robert Glasper Experiment).  Furtherly cool is the fact that I have complete faith this album IS coming, it’s just that for this news, a date would have been cool.

I shall keep you posted my friends.

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