Maxwell Further Captures Our Attention With 'Hostage'


Is it just us or is Maxwell basically giving us all of blackSUMMERS'night before its release on Friday? Not that we're complaining. The crooner has previewed five songs from the 12-track set thus far ("Lake By The Ocean," "1990X," "Gods," "All The Ways Love Can Feel" and "Fingers Crossed"). Now our boy Max unveils the sixth, the sentimental "Hostage."

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Max once again mines familiar territory, with him once again concentrating on matters of the heart. This time, he's singing about about a love whose secure grip sets him free. The song starts off slow and dreamy, with him singing in a lower register as the music gently sways along and the percussion softly shuffles. As Maxwell sings about the sweet surrender of love, the percussion is slowly building throughout the song, speeding up in urgency like the quickening of the heart when you're around the one that gives you butterflies. As the song climaxes, so does Max's vocal performance, rising to a raspy fever pitch near song's end before everything smooths out, lulling us into a peaceful serenity.

We know you're all extra anxious to get your hands on Maxwell's first album in seven long years (so are we!), but your wait will be over in less than 24 hours. In the meantime, you can pre-order the entire set on iTunes —and get each of the six released tracks in the process — and stream "Hostage" right here.

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