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Now (Columbia, 2001)

Now was the third studio album by American R&B recording artist Maxwell. Maxwell’s debut album, Urban Hang Suite (1996) was a commercial and critical success. It was certified double Platinum and credited Maxwell with shaping the “neo soul” genre. His follow up album, Embrya was panned by critics and confused his urban audience. But Now brought him back to prominence. Now ruled the album and R&B album charts.

Three singles were released: Get to Know Ya, Lifetime and This Woman’s Work. Get to Know Ya peaked at #25 on the R&B chart. Lifetime peaked at #5 on the R&B chart and #22 on the Hot 100. This Woman’s Work was a cover of British singer Kate Bush’s song (1989). This Woman’s Work was originally featured on the soundtrack for She’s Having a Baby (1988). Bush then put it on her sixth album, Sensual World and released it as her second single. She took it to #25 in the UK. Maxwell originally covered This Woman’s Work in 1997 and released it on his album MTV Unplugged. He re-recorded it for Now and released it as his third single. It peaked at #58 on the Hot 100 and #16 on the R&B chart. This Woman’s World (by Maxwell) appeared on the soundtrack for Love & Basketball (2000).

Now was certified Platinum. It would take Maxwell nine years to release his fourth album, BLACKsummers’ night in 2009. Maxwell imposed a seven-year performing hiatus, before returning to music in 2007 to begin recording said album.

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