October 28th, 2018
@Smart Financial Center
Sunday, 10/28/2018 8:00PM
Maxwell with fellow musicians D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, have been credited with helping to shape the "neo soul" movement that rose to prominence during the late 1990s. Along with D'Angelo's Brown Sugar and Badu's Baduizm, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite has been recognized by writers for beginning neo soul's popularity and helping the genre obtain commercial visibility. However, in contrast to D'Angelo, Maxwell was more conventional in his approach on his debut album.
Neo soul was coined by music industry entrepreneur Kedar Massenburg during the late 1990s to market and describe a style of music that emerged from soul and contemporary R&B. Heavily based in soul music, neo soul is distinguished by a less conventional sound than its contemporary R&B counterpart, with incorporated elements ranging from jazz, funk, hip hop and electronic to pop, fusion, and African music. It has been noted by music writers for its traditional R&B influences, conscious-driven lyrics, and strong female presence.
In commenting on the "new soul revival" (neo soul) in music, Maxwell told Entertainment Weekly back in 1997 that "everything musically was inspired or influenced by something from the past. It's not about creating some super-fresh new thing. If it doesn't lend itself to your history, how is it going to extend to your future? That's what's really brilliant about looking into children's eyes—you can see their parents in them." The Washington Post called Maxwell, "the Marvin Gaye of the '90s". Its columnist wrote that his Urban Hang Suite "heralded the arrival of a top-of-the-class graduate of the old school of soul, one who could sing about romantic aspiration and tribulation with heart-wrenching emotion. It was as if the aesthetic that Gaye ascribed to — 'music that has feeling, hope and meaning – all the things people are looking for' — had been rediscovered after a long, hedonistic interlude." Humm
In June Maxwell's "We Never Saw It Coming," came out with Billboard.com describing the singer's latest creation as, "warm, gravelly vocals feathered onto the stripped-down, brooding ballad, led by a somber piano melody and atmospheric synths. "I am here, falling in circles far/Sorrowfully I fall/We never knew at all," he croons. "We never saw it coming/Like a truck that's passing/A gun that's blasting/I feel the lashing."
Smart Financial Center
18111 Lexington Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX
Sunday 10/28/2018 8:00 PM
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