by Maxwell
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Neo-soul fans who flocked to his Urban Hang Suite in 1996 but decided to party elsewhere when the host unveiled his ponderous Embrya will be happy to know that Maxwell's house is once again the place to be. Three years in the making, the lyrically thoughtful and imaginatively arranged Now returns to the singer's retro-soul roots while it ups the ante on its predecessors. On swoon-worthy slow jams such as the languid "W/as My Girl," where Maxwell's yearning vocals float atop a sonic union of DJ scratches and twangy country guitar licks, the stirring "Symptom Unknown," and the Prince-ly, wedding anthem-to-be "Lifetime," Maxwell flexes his newly unrestrained vocals and stakes his claim as neo-soul's leading lover man. Raising the temperatures of his female listeners yet another notch on "For Lovers Only," Maxwell purrs in a hot-flash-inducing falsetto, "Love is not a want/ Love is now a need/ Not just cause I got nobody." Although this heir to Marvin Gaye's boudoir-soul throne is a ladies' man first and foremost, Maxwell also knows how to get the fellas caught up in his rapture with hipster party jams such as the understated, jazzy groove "Get to Know Ya," the rock-guitar-accented "Temporary Nite," and the Isley Brothers-esque funk of "Changed," a song about a lover whose interest is piqued after he "changed his mind." As a bonus, a studio version of Maxwell's breathtaking rendition of Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work" (which originally appeared on 1997's Maxwell Unplugged) is thrown into the disc's cool, romantic mix. With its delicious blend of heart-tugging classic R&B and '70s-inspired funk, Maxwell's Now is good to the last drop.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646713624
catalogNumber: 67136

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maxwell   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Michael Bland   Drums
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Hod David   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Clark Gayton   Trombone
Michael Neal   Bass
Wah Wah Watson   Guitar
Federico Pena   Keyboards
Etienne Stadwijk   Keyboards
Andre Roberson   Saxophone

Technical Credits

David Blumberg   String Arrangements,Harp Arrangement
Hod David   drum programming
Bill Esses   Engineer
Tony Maserati   Engineer
Mike Pela   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Steve Mazur   Engineer
Tom Schick   Engineer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer,drum programming,Pro-Tools
Musze   Producer,Horn Arrangements,drum programming
Andre Roberson   Horn Arrangements
Iain Roberton   Engineer
Larry Phillabaum   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Chris Ribando   Engineer
Andy Davies   Engineer
Matt Owens   Art Direction
Drew Griffiths   Engineer

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Now 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maxwell's new album NOW is a combination of his previous albums Urban Hang Suite and Embrya and the only difference is...he gets better with each album. He takes love, romance and erotica into a deeper, sensual meaning. I went to his concert lastnight and enjoyed every minute. His voice live is as flawless as he sounds on CD. For all you Maxwell fans, this album is a definite must have on your shopping lists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best CD he has done since Urban Hang Suite. My favorite track off this CD is ''Lifetime''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you were caught into the funky grooves of Urban Hang Suite then you will not want to miss this new Album. NOW is Maxwell's best work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maxwell's CD is the hottest CD right now. His sleek, soulful,and sexy voice send chills down my spine. This is a CD you can put on, mellow out, and let the whole CD play without skipping a song. Maxwell is one of the best soul singers out there, no doubt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maxwell is a very sexy person. His music hits right at home and soul. Get the album 8/21/2001. You will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always liked R&B,though it is not my mainstream,and I thank Tee for turning me on to this artist,he is very talented.This womans work,is a song you can totally feel,and listen to over and over again,what a range displayed in his voice.Highly recommended,good mood music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maxwell's new album ''Now'', is exceptional. Ofcourse I didnt expect anything less, only the best unique lyrics, that appeal to the ear. This artist is at the top of my list of favorites. He's real, respectful,soulful and not to mention his voice which is clear, and beautiful!!! I recently went to a concert of his, he blew my mind just like the last concert I attended in 1997. He's a true performer. He deserves 10 stars, instead of five for his style, presentation, and creativity. The fact that he doesnt get media or television publicity, just makes Maxwell fans want to see him more, and proves that he is real talent, because he doesnt have to get fans by being too showy, or being like others. Maxwell is real!!!!!!!!! (cant wait till the next concert, hopefully I'll be in the front row)
Guest More than 1 year ago
As each song pursues the next you find yourself drawn into a soothing embrace, a deep comfort. Your mind opens and you feel things, so many things and you want more... Even the strongest will bend to his voice, to his words until you break down and surrender to your emotions. You cannot stop it, and you really don't want to. Then, the music ends and you start over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been listening to NOW for two weeks and I certainly its sounds better and greater each time I hear it because of its deeper meaning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
NOW By Maxwell is such a beautiful album. I especially love the titles Lifetime, Get to Know Yah, and This Womens Work, among the many other wonderful hits on this album. Maxwell really did his thing with this cd. This album is just wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
my favorite song on maxwell cd is lifetime cause it's a nice song and the beat and melody is great! maxwell is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new CD is absolutely the best. It embodies his smooth look and sound. I was and still is memorized by his vocal talent. He is the Luther Vandross of my era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THE ENTIRE CD!!!!!!!!!!!! Maxwell is back in full force. The last CD had me jumpin' around for cuts I liked, but this complete CD is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lifetime really hit home, I recently went through a really tough breakup, and Maxwell really comforted me.Good job!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I swear to you by my name that I am gonna marry him...I just bought the cd today..As soon as I heard his voice I was in love all over again..when lifetime comes on everything else stops...he is the only thing that matters!!! The music is great the words are heartfelt and oh my god the man is just a genius!!! I could sit and talk about him all day...This cd will never leave my cd player!!!! Toya ps if you are reading this and you are wonderinf you should get the album....yes you should!!!! I love this man and I garuntee that I will marry him...
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are tired of the trashy, empty, pointless lyrics of today's mainstream R&B then Maxwell's NOW is for you. His lyric and vocal ability have reached an all time high and should set the standard for great R&B music. This album is awesome. Try to catch him live if you can!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maxwell has taken us to yet another level--again! This is the best of his albums in my opinion. You can hear the maturity and the comfort level he has achieved over the last several years. ''For Lovers Only''--His songs are stronger and the bass grooves are hypnotic! Love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The much awaited third release from Maxwell is just as good as the first if not better. As usual Maxwell manages to keep the same classicl soul sound while adding a little flair. His growth as an artist shines greatly in this album. He sings of subjects we all can relate to . This album is a must for Maxwell fans and fans of soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There were two releases that I anxiously awaited this year...Sade/ Lovers Rock and this hook laiden groove fest. There are a few artists, let me stress few, out there that have the integrity to make their fans wait a little longer for new music in the hopes that they will actually provide ''new music''. Most popular artists spastically distribute one new release after another. Not this crooner, his tracks are aged to perfection. Maxwell consistently sets a standard on one release by which the next one will be measured and you can bet that a collection of songs by him will not see the light of day before they are flawless. He did it with Urban Hang Suite, Embrya and he has done it once again with Now. I won't even attempt to draw any comparisons between the albums, we all know that they are each modern classics. I will say that this is Maxwell's most mature release to date. Stripped down, soulful and poiniently written... Now is a masterpiece! I will be wearing grooves in this one. Thanks Maxwell for exceeding my expectations. J
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so in love with this man....the emotion in his music just takes me to another place...honestly. To compare this album with Urban Hang Suite and Embrya would be an injustice to Maxwell's talent, they are all based on different stages of Maxwell's life and emotions. NOW is a reflection of a more mature Maxwell, who's still looking for love, but has come to accept that it isn't always a bed of roses. NOW is simply Maxwell at his best...what else can I say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
. . . . . dis girl here she not your average groupie, stay happily laid back like snoopy, neva seen a show/ don't have to, cuz i know ya hot, wanna grab a bench near the canadian falls, tell ya 'bout the goals i got, hit the caymans pon horseback and jus 'ah trot, can't say i haven't considered seeds, picturing the whole tree, limbs and leaves, you and me, NOW as you say... could it ever be?, Proabably not, and still ya hot, keep the vibe level set smooth/ you can do what luther did wit ya grooves, trust me dat no question, you got the tools. .......... nuff love & _p_e_a_c_e // yak1 // atl // out
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maxwell has since 1996 captured the unknown sounds of music. With his new release NOW, he shows that he is by far one of our times best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now is long awaited by Maxwell's loyal fans. His sexy,soulful voice soothes any yearnings one might have on a lonely summer night!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
NOW, is definetly the appropriate title. NOW he has proven to all his critics why he is a musician to be reckoned with. Sensuality, Femininty, Masculinity, Freedom, Hurt, Pain, Triumph, and sexuality are all in one on NOW. He is simply indescribable. Quickly apporaching perfection. It is very rare but, Maxwell has gotten better with each album. If you don't have this, NOW is the time to get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got the cd early and man the man still has his groove.He blends a mixture of Embrya with Urban Hang Suite and a touch of 70's funk on this album like no other.If your a Maxfan you gotta get this album it's better than the rest!