Maxwell, Common, Chrisette Michele | United Center | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Maxwell, Common, Chrisette Michele Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Thu., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. 2009

Put on Maxwell’s long-awaited BLACKsummers’night (Columbia) and the first thing you’ll feel is relief: authentic, masterful R & B is at hand, not synthetic trifling bullshit. Then after the relief comes fear: this record might get you pregnant. All that baby-forgive-me, let-me-hold-you-girl, imma-do-it-to-you, sung in the tenderest falsetto this side of D’Angelo’s Voodoo—it’s the kind of thing that gets a girl in trouble. The music on BLACKsummers’night is more aggro than what most people think of as neosoul, balancing post-Radiohead rock dynamics with old-school Stax touches like warm horn lines and little pulses of Hammond organ; there is really no better setting for Maxwell’s voice. It’s been eight years since his previous album, but he’s dropped another modern classic, and the even better news is that it’s the first of a trilogy—he plans to release the remaining chapters in 2010 and ’11. Common and Chrisette Michele open. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $20-$150

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