Review Sunday: Maxwell – "1990x"

Maxwell
“1990x”
blackSUMMERS’night
Columbia

The first time I listened to Maxwell is seven years ago, when he released “Pretty Wings”. I was still in middle school back then. “Pretty Wings” infuses gamelan chimes in it, and I have high pride with my local culture back then, and this song definitely awed me and my heart is suddenly is filled with incessant pride. I was instantly captivated by the song, pondering how a modest and simple song can be so resonant and extravagant at the same time. But, after listening to his other songs, that’s Maxwell’s best trademarks, aside from his gorgeous and beautiful falsetto.

“1990x”, the second single from his long-anticipated album, blackSUMMERS’night, is a sleek R&B song, adding another nod to the revival of R&B songs this year. Still, Maxwell flaunts his falsetto voice, talking about love, the universal theme of all song in this world.“There’s no song that defines it/ There’s no music behind it/ There’s no lyric to read from/ It’s just you and the moment,” Maxwell flirts in the chorus part–somehow it feels ironic, especially his “1990x” can be the song that defines the perfect condition of love. “1990x” is an evocative song that turns people, and this is why we miss Maxwell at the first place. The wait for blackSUMMERS’night is over, and it is indeed worth the wait.

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