Format: Digital
Rel. Date: 04/02/1996
UPC: 888880648082

Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite
Artist: Maxwell
Format: Digital


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''Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite'' is the debut album of American R&B and neo soul musician Maxwell, released April 2, 1996 on Columbia Records in the United States. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1994 to 1995 at Electric Lady Studios, RPM, Sorcerer, and Chung King Studios in New York City and CRC Studios in Chicago. The album contains a mellow, groove-based sound and incorporates elements of funk, jazz, smooth soul, and quiet storm. A concept album, ''Urban Hang Suite'' is composed of a song cycle that focuses on an adult romance, which Maxwell based on his own personal experience.

After being shelved for nearly a year, due to label issues and record executives' doubts of its sales potential, the album was released to considerable commercial and critical success. Despite an initial lack of mainstream interest, ''Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite'' experienced a boost in sales with the help of the single "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)", and within a year it had sold one million copies. The album received generally positive reviews from most music critics who perceived it as a departure from the mainstream-oriented R&B of the time, earning Maxwell several accolades and comparisons to soul singer Marvin Gaye.

''Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite'' had a considerable impact on Maxwell's career, helping elevate his reputation to that of a sex symbol and a serious performer on the music scene. Maxwell has been credited with shaping the "neo soul" movement that rose to prominence during the late 1990s. Along with D'Angelo's ''Brown Sugar'' (1995) and Erykah Badu's ''Baduizm'' (1997), ''Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite'' has been recognized by music writers for providing commercial visibility to neo soul. It has been cited by critics as Maxwell's greatest work and remains as his best-selling release with domestic sales of over two million copies. - Wikipedia