From a superb debut with "Urban
Hang suite", in 1996, Maxwell continues with honey-sweat
soul in his latest. "Embrya".
It begins with simply music, the continuos
drums which are like a rhythm throughout the whole album. And
then the choir and Maxwell take in, in "Everwanting: To
Want You To Want"
The music is drums, the pitch choir with Maxwell;
some times on top, some times below, and some times ( in a complex
way ) a part of the choir. The sensuality is constantly in the
rhythm, though some times you only suspect it's there, somewhere.
Maxwell himself says the album has a personal
"This album is definitely about 'within',
about my outlook on the inner thing I'm desiring. And most of
it is truly a love letter to God."
The album is literary without valleys, but
with high peaks as the ballad "Know These Things: Shouldn't
You". And another peak: "Luxury: Cococure" which
is a welcome to the internal luxury, leaving the love affair
chronicled by "Urban Hang Suite" behind.
Basically there are more than one meaning
to the songs in Embrya, and if the meaning is usually hard to
interpret from music ( after all, music is felt not understood
), Embrya is super hard to interpret. But it's also feeds one
with super beautiful feelings.
I can't help wondering what will come out
of this embryo in the future. Because Embrya, the last song,
is actually a hint of what is yet to come.