Retrospective: Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite

By @TrueGodImmortal and @Tariku__

1. The Urban Theme
2. Welcome
3. Sumthin' Sumthin'
4. Ascension(Don't Ever Wonder)
5. Dancewitme
6. ...Til The Cops Come Knockin
7. Whenever Wherever Whatever
8. Lonely's The Only Company
9. Reunion
10. Suitelady(The Proposal Jam)
11. The Suite Theme

Ah man. Where do I start? First off, let me just say that Maxwell is the greatest male vocalist, in my opinion. Urban Hang Suite was the beginning of greatness. What I'll always love and appreciate about this album is the heavy (and I mean HEAVY) use of instruments. Even certain tracks were mostly instrumentals.

Certain songs like Til The Cops Come Knockin' are perfect for them bedroom escapades. Ballads like Ascension will have you truly appreciating someone you love. "Whenever, Wherever, Whatever" is my personal favorite. It is basically a really great "I'm here for you no matter track" that I can always relate to. Maxwell really defined Neo-Soul with this album, incorporating a lot of jazzy yet soulful and seductive sounds. A strong balance for a strong love album.

The concept of it is simply beautiful. Detailing a lovely encounter from start to finish. Dealing with love, sex, marriage, commitment and monogamy. Maxwell takes people on a spiritual love making journey that I believe will stand the test of time.

Maxwell is one of my all time favorites and this album is truly the beginning. From the smooth sounds of "Welcome" to the amazing melody of my favorite song on the album "Suitelady(The Proposal Jam)", this album is a flawless classic. I think the best part about this album personally is the sound and the production. The jazz component is something I personally love in music and to hear it here is absolutely amazing. The sounds of the somber but overly smooth "Lonely's The Only Company" is undeniable and Maxwell brings some solid vocals to drive home the feeling of the song.

The bouncy grooves of "Dancewitme" are top notch, as Maxwell glides over the track with complete ease. Reminiscent of older funk songs, this track blends perfectly into "Til The Cops Come Knockin.." which is the definition of a bedroom anthem. The laid back groove of "Reunion" provides us with yet another smooth track as Max sings to his lady candidly.

However, the album reaches its peak when we arrive at the "Suitelady" perfection. The melody, the lyrics, the vibe is perfect. Max does his thing here and closes the album out exactly the way you would want him to. This album is a classic and one of my favorite albums from the 90s period. I always revisit this album frequently and I think everyone should to appreciate the greatness.



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