Release date
21 Aug 2001
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Get to Know Ya (Uncut) 4:14 2,624
1 2 seconds of silence 3 seconds of "Get To Know Ya" 0:04 27
1 Get To Know Ya (Intro) 0:04 97
2 Lifetime (Uncut) 5:30 2,753
3 W/As My Girl 5:29 27,319
4 Changed (Uncut) 3:11 2,991
4 Was My Girl 3:11 6,970
5 NoOne (Uncut) 4:42 1,497
6 For Lovers Only (Uncut) 3:42 1,582
7 Temporary Nite (Uncut) 3:41 1,776
8 Silently (Uncut) 5:21 1,598
9 Symptom Unknown (Uncut) 5:20 1,741
10 This Woman's Work (Uncut) 3:57 3,385
11 Now/At The Party 5:25 18,535

About this album

Now is the third studio album by American R&B and neo soul musician Maxwell, released August 14, 2001 on Columbia Records in the United States. Following the lukewarm radio success of his previous album Embrya (1998), Maxwell felt more comfortable with his artistic direction for Now, which does not exhibit his previous work’s conceptual style.[11] The album sold over 296,000 units in the U.S. in the first week, according to SoundScan, to earn him his first-ever number one album. Now’s second single “This Woman’s Work”, a live staple of Maxwell’s,[12] charted at number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 16 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[13][14] Despite some negative criticism towards Maxwell’s songwriting,[5][15][16] Now received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 78/100 from Metacritic.[17] The album serves as Maxwell’s last release before an eight-year hiatus, which culminated in the release of his fourth studio album, BLACKsummers’night (2009).[18Review

Maxwell is a gifted record-maker, which isn’t necessarily the same thing as a gifted songwriter. He has a nice, sweet voice, a healthy love for classic soul from Marvin to Prince, an appealing arty streak largely missing from contemporary R&B, and he can arrange his self-recorded productions quite alluringly, balancing the guitars, synths, drum machines, and horns nimbly, often coming up with fresh songs.

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  • mlleblondeh


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  • Kathleda


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  • IllumoHorizon

    "Was my girl" is so sublime. It does so not fall into a special category.

    3 Jan 2011 Reply
  • wuja_k

    a masterpiece. [2]

    24 Jul 2010 Reply
  • MillionaireBuck

    ROTFL @ the first song.

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Cece2000

    i like that song

    18 Jun 2010 Reply
  • lordthygod

    Think of me? Love, MISS. GIBBS. CAUSE I LOVE U. TO MAKE S

    22 May 2010 Reply
  • lordthygod

    Maxwell - I love you. Love, Natasha S. G

    22 May 2010 Reply
  • lordthygod

    Hi, mine name is Natasha S. Gibbs, and I L- O- V- E - Y- O- U!. Happy Birthday. May 23, 2010. We should meet one day- I'm in brooklyn. I love y

    22 May 2010 Reply
  • mythgene


    19 Jan 2010 Reply
  • TheNarratorX

    This Woman's Work, NoOne, Get To Know Ya, Temporary Nite...

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • RicardoHutch

    So what !

    12 Oct 2009 Reply
  • kickboxer227

    Delicious ! I'd have him for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert ! If you wanna know what the ladies wish you were like when nobody else is around ~ Maxwell can help to show you ! ! Sexy beyond words.

    6 Aug 2009 Reply
  • VeroDH


    18 Jan 2009 Reply
  • agreen28

    My absolute favorite artist. This guy can do no wrong.

    15 Dec 2008 Reply
  • brnsilkysmooth

    What can I say. Very talented and emotional singer. His music is always soothing to the soul.

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
  • max29

    love maxwell

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • 2Serenity

    It took me awhile to get into the album only because immediately I would play This Woman's Work. Not like me but This Woman's Work (Jesus lawd help me,) Maxwell flipped Kate Bush's version and claimed it as his own. Sang his little heart out so that EVERY TIME I hear it I feel he knows my agony. I think it took me about a year before I listened to the entire album and it is classic!

    13 Mar 2008 Reply
  • taytastic24

    I love This Woman's Work and everytime I hear it I get shivers down my spine. My favorite version is the MTV Unplugged Live version. Although the one in the movie Love and Basketball is great also.

    20 May 2007 Reply
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