Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Maxwell is the Marvin Gaye of today

Not one to partake in comparing one artist to another, I can’t help but to do so with these two. Marvin Gaye was considered one of the best male R&B artists of the 60’s, 70’s and the 80’s thanks to his soulful silky voice and his dashing good looks…and yes, I did use the word “dashing”; how’s that for some throwback vernacular.

In this day in age when it comes to R&B, Maxwell is the quintessential artist to 90’s and new millennium just as Marvin Gaye was to the earlier decades in R&B.

Much like Marvin, Maxwell is good looking. No, I didn’t have to mention that first but if we have to start anywhere, why not there? Other artists may rest mainly on appealing to the eyes; but Maxwell and Marvin Gaye bring more to the table.

Maxwell’s voice is distinguished and very identifiable. He’s able to hit notes that men aren’t usually accustomed to hitting and yet when he flirts with those high notes most of us still consider him to be all man.

Many men during the era of R&B from the 1960’s to the 1970’s relied on the songs that spoke about love, affection and that beckoned sex in a classy way to come from Marvin Gaye. Don’t get me wrong, there were some other artists out around that time that often had a venue’s janitor sweeping up panties at the end of a show, but Marvin was different as his vocals were incomparable and so was his style.

Many men of today look to Maxwell –those who are grown and need music with less bass for the bedroom – for songs that will set the mood for he and his boo. With the recent release of Maxwell’s album being the example, I’ve witnessed men popping in Blacksummers’night either via iPod or CD and allowing  Maxwell’s lyrics do all the work.

Maxwell’s been the guy that R&B heads admire, dating back to the early 90’s. He was so smooth and trendy and the ladies went crazy over his full-head of hair plus his smile that was like butter on a heated frying pan.

Marvin’s music is timeless and is still assisting some people in bringing new life into this world. Years from now, Maxwell’s “Pretty Wings”, “Fistfull of Tears”, and “Fortunate” will also make a cameo in the same scenario.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree that Maxwell is the Marvin Gaye of our time?

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