12 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the mid-’90s, as popular R&B headed further toward hip-hop, Maxwell’s impressive debut took its cues, instead, from ‘60s and ‘70s soul; Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite was loose but elegant, subdued but sensual, and ultimately known as a neo-soul classic. The Brooklyn singer’s airy falsetto beckons a lover on super-sensual quiet-storm jam “Welcome.” And, ever the diehard romantic, he balances power and vulnerability on “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder),” which boasts a deep funk groove with an addictive bassline and one of Maxwell’s strongest vocal performances.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the mid-’90s, as popular R&B headed further toward hip-hop, Maxwell’s impressive debut took its cues, instead, from ‘60s and ‘70s soul; Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite was loose but elegant, subdued but sensual, and ultimately known as a neo-soul classic. The Brooklyn singer’s airy falsetto beckons a lover on super-sensual quiet-storm jam “Welcome.” And, ever the diehard romantic, he balances power and vulnerability on “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder),” which boasts a deep funk groove with an addictive bassline and one of Maxwell’s strongest vocal performances.

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