Took my icy freeze and thawed the cold: The best of Maxwell

After a tentative first album that approximated the sprawl of mid-seventies prog R&B without the melodies and structures, Maxwell has finessed his approach such that every album since 2001 has shown a litheness and lightness for which only Sade exists as a referent. I’m confident that 2016’s “Lake by the Ocean” is his best track, capturing in one track his peculiar lightening: a depiction of domestic bliss no less powerful for being an idyll.

1. Lake by the Ocean
2. Lifetime
3. Gods
4. Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)
5. Fortunate
6. Luxury: Cococure
7. Pretty Wings
8. Matrimony: Maybe You
9. Help Somebody
10. ‘Til the Cops Come Knockin’
11. No One Else In The Room (with Nas)
12. Stop The World
13. Dancewitme
14. Cold
15. Get to Know Ya
16. 1990x
17. Bad Habits
18. All the Ways Love Can Feel
19. Phoenixrise
20. Sumthin’ Sumthin’

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