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Album Review

With Say What You Mean, Seattle's Maktub ramp up their rock & 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.

Customer Reviews

Great, wildly diverse band.

I'm still absorbing this album on the third listen, and loving every minute of it. A seamless blend of funk, soul and rock, Maktub sounds almost timeless here. A worthy successor to "Khronos" (a massively great record), and a revelation to the ears. Reggie Watts is a mega-star waiting to explode, I think. Just too damn talented!!

Taken back.

The soulful singer of this band goes by the name of Reggie Watts, and he is one of the most talented artists of our time. He performs stand up comedy that gives you chills, and he sings like a sack of baby angels. This album is simply yet another bit of golden entertainment he has had his funky ringed fingers in.

Say what you mean

Heard part of song on commercial. Looked it up on ITunes and what a discovery! Bought the album! I am 70 yrs old and love this guys voice! Excellent!!


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Maktub, whose name means "it is written" in Arabic, formed in 1996 as a pet project of four Seattle club musicians. Reggie Watts (vocals/synthesizer), Davis Martin (drums), Alex Veley (keyboards), and Kevin Goldman (bass), came together from various parts of Seattle's burgeoning soul community to create a groove-oriented, brooding R&B sound. Led by Watts' polished baritone vocals, Maktub released a competent debut album, Subtle Ways, in 1999. The album quickly rose to number one on local radio station...
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