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''Embyra'' is the second studio album by R&B and neo soul musician Maxwell, released June 30, 1998 on Columbia Records. As with his previous album, ''Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite'', Maxwell collaborated with Stuart Matthewman, a long-time cohort of Sade. With a lesser jazz emphasis, ''Embrya'' continues the trend towards heavy basslines and string arrangements, and it focuses on themes such as love and spirituality. However, the album features more of an emphasis on groove than melodies. Its production sound contains bassy, electronic and slight syncopated beats.
Maxwell has defined the album's title as "an approaching growing transition thought to be contained but destined for broader perception." Upon its release, ''Embrya'' was met generally mixed to positive reviews from most music critics. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, losing to Erykah Badu's ''Baduizm'' (1997). In 1999, it won the Soul Train Music Award for Best Male Soul/R&B Album. - Wikipedia