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TrivialPursuit

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Maxwell - rate the albums

I'm so iffy on blackSUMMER'Snight. I'm not sure if I totally dig it yet. Bsn is so far in the past, I've sorta forgotten about it. I feel like I'm losing touch with Maxwell, and I don't want to. I've been listening to the albums in the last week or two, shuffling songs, etc.

I still quite love Urban Hang Suite. It's such a perfect record. unplugged is actually next for me, but as far as studio albums, it's Embrya in second place. Now had its moments, but it was a half-step down from the first two albums. Oddly, Now was his first #1 on the US chart, as well as another on the R&B. UHS wasn't a huge hit at all onthe US chart, which is amazing to me.

Anyway, here's how I rate them overall, and oddly they're just about in order of release. Not sure what that says, if anything.

  1. Urban Hang Suite
  2. Embrya
  3. Unplugged
  4. Now
  5. blackSUMMER'Snight
  6. BLACKsummer'snight


How about you? And with five years between Bsn and bSn, I'm not hopeful about bsN anytime soon. I'm not sure these fit together at this point, or if he's just releasing music and sticking with the trilogy game until it's over.

"Despite everything, no 1 can dictate who u r 2 other people." - Prince
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Reply #1 posted 01/11/17 2:27pm

namepeace

TrivialPursuit said:

  1. Urban Hang Suite
  2. Embrya
  3. Unplugged
  4. Now
  5. blackSUMMER'Snight
  6. BLACKsummer'snight


Fair. I'd put bSn at 4. Now and Bsn at 5 and 6. But your placement is legit.

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Reply #2 posted 01/12/17 7:19am

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1. Embrya

2. Unplugged

3. Now

4. UHS

5. Summers

6. Black

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Reply #3 posted 01/12/17 1:00pm

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I think Now is just so mediocre. But I think Embrya needs re-assessing by critics and fans
alike as it stands justifiably with some of Lewis Taylor's best work.


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Reply #4 posted 01/12/17 6:25pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

I'm so iffy on blackSUMMER'Snight. I'm not sure if I totally dig it yet. Bsn is so far in the past, I've sorta forgotten about it. I feel like I'm losing touch with Maxwell, and I don't want to. I've been listening to the albums in the last week or two, shuffling songs, etc.

I still quite love Urban Hang Suite. It's such a perfect record. unplugged is actually next for me, but as far as studio albums, it's Embrya in second place. Now had its moments, but it was a half-step down from the first two albums. Oddly, Now was his first #1 on the US chart, as well as another on the R&B. UHS wasn't a huge hit at all onthe US chart, which is amazing to me.

Anyway, here's how I rate them overall, and oddly they're just about in order of release. Not sure what that says, if anything.


  1. Urban Hang Suite

  2. Embrya

  3. Unplugged

  4. Now

  5. blackSUMMER'Snight

  6. BLACKsummer'snight


How about you? And with five years between Bsn and bSn, I'm not hopeful about bsN anytime soon. I'm not sure these fit together at this point, or if he's just releasing music and sticking with the trilogy game until it's over.



I agree he's probably sticking with the Trilogy game til its over. Initially I liked the idea but I iyt seems it would only work if he had already completed the Trilogy before Bsn came out.
My ranking are the following

1.Urban Hang Suite
2.Embrya
3.Now
4. Bsn
5. bSn
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Reply #5 posted 01/12/17 9:53pm

TrivialPursuit

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Dasein said:

I think Now is just so mediocre. But I think Embrya needs re-assessing by critics and fans
alike as it stands justifiably with some of Lewis Taylor's best work.



Maxwell was on Storytellers a few years ago. He mentioned Embrya, and said something like "I did this album called Embrya..." and people really cheered for it. He genuinely seemed surprised by the reaction of the fans to knowing and liking it. I always got the notion that he was somehow uneasy about that album. Not sure if he thought it was more experimental than UHS, or if he just felt the negativity some critics gave it. But it was an interesting moment.

It's such a thick, textured, and rich album. I love the hidden track in the -00:00 time frame. (In case you don't know, start track one, then scan (not skip) backwards until it scans about 3 minutes. The hidden track is in the negative time space, so it counts from -3:00 down to 00:00 then track 1 starts. It's sold digitally as it's own track.) It's like laying in a silk bed, getting a blowjob and eating the best chocolate on earth, all at the same time.

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Reply #6 posted 01/13/17 10:38am

namepeace

Dasein said:

I think Now is just so mediocre. But I think Embrya needs re-assessing by critics and fans alike as it stands justifiably with some of Lewis Taylor's best work.


I agree that Now was so underwhelming on the heels of Embrya. And Embrya suffered by following UHS.

For what it's worth, as far as I can tell, fans have held Embrya in high esteem for a while. Also as far as I can tell, I agree that critics (on the whole) have not re-evaluated Embrya, but as with some of Prince's work, after 2 decades actually pass, that could change.

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Reply #7 posted 01/15/17 3:11pm

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on a scale of 1 to 10, embrya still rates a solid 98 for me lol that album is just too good.

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Reply #8 posted 01/15/17 3:31pm

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1. Embrya
2. Unplugged
3. Urban Hang Suite
4. Now
5. Summers'
6. Black

Always cry 4 love, never cry 4 pain.
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