Maxwell's second studio album, Embrya, was released in early 1998, and upon its release it was panned by contemporary music critics. The album received mixed criticism for its more "indulgent sound. is a disappointment in the wake of 1996’s Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite and its 1998 follow-up, Embrya. The album was Maxwell's last release before he took a lengthy hiatus from performing, and no tour was planned to.
On Urban Hang Suite, Maxwell’s island roots might show up in the album’s sinewy bass grooves, the long instrumental rhythmic stretches, and the vaguely Latin/calypso horn arrangements. But his Caribbean roots have everything to do with his desire to overcome sandbox limitations: As a West Indian, Puerto-Rican, he said in an interview at the time, I know that a lot of people in my clique are tired of being represented by one or two types of musi. here's more to the urban lifestyle than that. The cool, shimmering blackSUMMERS’night is probably Maxwell’s most cohesive effort since Embrya, fit to s oundtrack sessions of sex so exquisite and transcendental, tantric comes off as boring.
Maxwell was only 23 when his debut was released in 1996, and it’s hard to overestimate the courage and maturity it took to create an album like Urban Hang Suite at that time
Urban Hang Suite/Embrya. Urban Hang Suite/Embrya. CD - Sony Music Distribution
Maxwell - The Urban Theme. 2. Maxwell - Welcome. 3. Maxwell - Sumthin' Sumthin' Til The Cops Come Knockin' (Album Version). More songs by Maxwell. HotMaxwell - Embrya (1998) 10 months R&B. HotMaxwell - Now (2001) 10 months R&B. HotMaxwell - BLACKsummers’night (2009) 10 months R&B.
Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite is significant only in that it recasts the same old same old as something monumental, and nearly pulls it off. Initially, there's a lot to like about Maxwell: On his openers, "Urban Theme" and "Welcome," the early '80s full-band R&B and jazz pop grooves are reminiscent of Maze's brightest days and Steely Dan's coolest nights. But soon even Maxwell's passionate voice gets lost in a flat mix that turns every song into faceless background music. It is a masterful, beautiful, soulful work of art. I never get tired of listening to it and I know I never will. Although I prefer Maxwell's sophomore effort "Embrya", "Urban Hang Suite" was a remarkable debut, and deservedly became a critically acclaimed classic. And it will more than likely grow in appeal in the years to come.
Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite is the debut album by American R&B singer Maxwell. It was released on April 2, 1996, by Columbia Records. Maxwell recorded the album between 1994 and 1995 at Electric Lady Studios, RPM, Sorcerer, and Chung King Studios in New York City, and CRC Studios in Chicago. The record's music features a mellow, groove-based sound with elements of funk, jazz, smooth soul, and quiet storm. Maxwell's following studio albums were received less enthusiastically by critics, who were more critical of his songwriting on his next two studio albums, Embrya (1998) and Now (2001).
Track List - Disc 1
|1||The Urban Theme||Maxwell||2:41|
|4||Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)||Maxwell||5:46|
|6||...Til the Cops Come Knockin'||Maxwell||6:56|
|7||Whenever Wherever Whatever||Maxwell||3:45|
|8||Lonely's the Only Company (I & II)||Maxwell||6:21|
|10||Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)||Maxwell||4:48|
|11||The Suite Theme||Maxwell||13:47|
Track List - Disc 2
|2||Everwanting: To Want You to Want||Maxwell||6:33|
|5||Matrimony: Maybe You||Maxwell||4:38|
|6||Arroz Con Pollo||Maxwell||2:55|
|7||Know These Things: Shouldn't You||Maxwell||5:15|
|8||Submerge: Til We Become the Sun||Maxwell||6:25|
|9||Gravity: Pushing to Pull||Maxwell||6:12|
|10||Eachhoureachsecondeachminuteeachday: Of My Life||Maxwell||5:52|