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Start It Over
Idaho Statesman -- November 17, 2007
"It's brilliant stuff. Nobody feeds the soul quite like Maktub." -- Michael Deeds
Performer Magazine -- November 2007
"... an album that brings back the soul and gives fan favorite Khronos a run for its money." -- Kjersti Egerdahl (read cover article)
Seattle Sound - November 2007
"Start It Over marks yet another soulful milestone in the career of a local indie treasure that only gets better with age." -- Jason Kirk
Say What You Mean
AllMusic.com -- May 1, 2005
“With Say What You Mean, Seattle's Maktub ramps up its rock'n'roll credibility, sidestepping an overly trendy trip-hop trap the quintet might have seen coming after 2003's Khronos. The fancy footwork pays off -- songs like the Al Green-reminiscent "Say What You Mean" and "Daily Dosage," with its heavy-soul crash, saw the act splintering from regional-favorites status to full-on, bring-'em-on blues-rock-soul heroes within a month of release. If credit could fall squarely on a single pair of shoulders it would, but given the enormity of frontman Reggie Watts' afro that's an impossibility. Suffice it to say that his four-octave range and Prince-like charisma permeate every track; though fans of Sly Stone and Lenny Kravitz will climb aboard first, count on Watts pulling in listeners from musical planets across the stratosphere.”
Denver Post -- April 16, 2005
“The R&B rock crafted by the Seattle hepcats in Maktub helped push that town's music culture beyond the overdone '90s grunge scene - one reason the likes of Dan the Automator and Saul Williams have sought out Maktub members for recording projects. Early reviews of the band's third album "Say What You Mean," out this week, applaud singer Reggie Watts' power-soul vocals.”
Salt Lake City Weekly -- March 6, 2004
“Reggie Watts commands audiences with a voice like John Wesley Harding performing Al Green standards. The Maktub frontman’s soulful chords are revered throughout the Northwest, particularly in Seattle where his quintet first honed innovative chops. Watts, along with Kevin Goldman, Davis Martin, Thaddeus Turner and Daniel Spils, were the 2002 recipients of Seattle Weekly’s Best Band award and have been staying on top ever since. Their latest release, Say What You Mean, nods to a slew of mixed influences from Prince to De La Soul to Sly Stone.”
Boston Globe -- October 14, 2003
“Maktub shows the soulful side of Seattle's sound. It's been years since the so-called grunge sound of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden dominated Seattle, yet many outside the Pacific Northwest still associate the city's music scene with thrift-store flannel, roaring guitars, and postpunk angst. Hence, the notion of a soul band from the land of lattes and lousy weather may seem as unlikely as a country singer from Compton. But that's just fine with the members of Seattle's Maktub, who are more interested in making compelling records than fitting within the arbitrary musical boundaries of genre or geography.”
The Washington Post -- August 3, 2003
"... 2002's soul-rock masterpiece Khronos" -- Michael Deeds, music critic
iTunes Editorial Review -- May 12, 2003
"artists like Macy Gray and Alicia Keys have made a stab at resurrecting soul, but Maktub do the job properly."
The Washington Post -- August 6, 2003
"Maktub - Taking a Ride on the Soul Train - Maktub's songs are unremarkable, but so was much of '70s soul, deconstructed: commonplace phrases linked together that suddenly become a hooky whole. Maktub threw its common talents together to take the crowd back to a time when high-hat and bass drum dirty- danced with little between them, when talk-box guitar coupled with smooth bass was enough to raise the roof, and when Stevie Wonder made "hey-heys" and "la-las" sound sincere."
Baltimore City Paper -- May 7, 2003
“HEAVY SOUL - No Lie - Seattle Has Midwifed One of the Better New Soul Bands Around in Maktub. As Chris Rock put it, "You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, [and] Germany doesn't want to go to war." And something must be similarly askew when Maktub, one of the best, most innovative soul bands in the country, isn't from an urban hub like Philadelphia, Detroit, or Atlanta, but that lily-white, indie-punk outpost of Seattle. Just as it defies geographical assumptions, the quintet is blasting a hole in what many expect, or settle for, when it comes to modern soul music. On its latest disc, Khronos, Maktub (pronounced MOCK-tube) meshes its smooth vintage grooves with hard-rock bombast, hazy psychedelia, and ambient dance-pop, sometimes on the same track. Charismatic singer Reggie Watts' expressive, passionate voice undeniably resembles Al Green's at times, especially when it slides into a sweet, stirring falsetto. But he can also belt out a rich, muscular croon or frenzied yowl that invites comparisons to Chris Cornell and Sevendust's Lajon Witherspoon.”
Boston Globe -- April 22, 2003
"stellar second CD"
Seattle Post-Intelligencer -- August 23, 2002
"The five-piece outfit is the kind of band that gives Seattle its flavor."
Denver Post -- July 12, 2002
"Lead singer Reggie Watts can't help but be flattered by the constant comparisons to Al Green, but Maktub adds its own twist, creating an innovative version of soul music for the new millennium."
NW Grammy Association
Voted 1999 Northwest soul album of the year
“fresh and original”