Critics Pick Maxwell's "BLACKsummer'snight" As Album of the Year

Critics Pick Maxwell's "BLACKsummer'snight" As Album of the Year

Published December 30, 2009

In addition to a whopping six Grammy nominations, Maxwell’s “BLACKsummers' night” opus is being hailed as the Album of the Year by several media outlets.

The project, which has sold over 1 million copies, has been well received since its July 7 release on Columbia Records. “Maxwell’s fourth album defies current R&B on all fronts,” explained Jon Pareles from the New York Times. “It's soul music reinventing itself, moment to moment.”

USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Associated Press also singled out Maxwell’s newest offering as a project to remember not only for 2009, but the decade as well.

In support of the release, Maxwell made a plethora of appearances like "The Jay Leno Show," "The Today Show," "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live," "Late Show with David Letterman," CBS' "Early Show," CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

To top of a captivating run, Maxwell will be performing cuts from the album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 31, 2010 on CBS live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Written by Nile Ivey, BET.com Staff

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