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Album Review

The lead singer of the so-called new wave soul band Maktub from Seattle, Reggie Watts breaks free of the band on his first solo album, but not entirely free, as he continues to explore its often brooding blend of soul, pop, and electronica. Watts has been described by some as an Al Green disciple — and admittedly, when he reaches for his wispy falsetto in the seductively complex opening track, "Wanna Get," you can feel some of the old Hi Records vibes in his voice. Yet Watts doesn't harp on the resemblance, mostly sticking to his silky baritone and electronically processed alterations — and besides, he has deeper explorations in mind. While the first few tracks have additional musicians on them — the chorus of the slow-treading "Your Name" is carpeted with moody rhythm electric guitar — eventually the backdrops are entirely turned over to the programmer (producer Steve Fisk), and the music becomes more internalized, more tightly chained to electronica patterns, and ultimately more absorbing. "Sure Do Like the Fire" has all kinds of interesting electronic things wandering under the chorus, "Simple to See" seems to pick up some of its synth bassline ideas from 1970s-vintage Stevie Wonder, and "Perfect Day" supposedly ends the CD on a mellow programmed note. But no, it's not over — after wading through some 12 tracks composed of 22 minutes of silence, you'll find something called "Love Is Like a Dream" in which Watts does a Bobby McFerrin, overdubbing funky vocal percussion effects and obbligatos onto his vocal. A fine solo debut. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Solid Soul and Groove Album

Reggie's voice is enough to fill this album. If you like the soul of Marvin Gaye mixed with some funk and clean electronic accents, you'll dig this. Great album all around with Part of the World, Simple to Me and Movin' On as the tracks you want to play over and over.

Awesome ... but what happened to the last song?

Okay first is first ... The album is great, very creative and soulful. I would normally give this five stars.

But the description says that the last song is a McFerrin-esque dub song (preceded by 22 minutes of silence). I discovered Reggie Watts by watching videos of him performing dubbed songs, so naturally, that was the track I was most excited to hear. Of course, I would understand if the silence was cut out, but all i hear is 8 seconds of silence. I'm very put out by this.

The album is supposed to be 11 tracks - i only got ten. I really want iTunes to look into this.

Like I said before, I love this album. I just wish iTunes had given me what it said I would get.

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Reggie's voice.....

The first time I heard Reggie's voice was when I saw Maktub's video "Love me like before" was playing on BET. OMG!!! His voice is sooooooooooooooo sexy! I immediate went to my itunes and looked up Maktub.... and bought all their albums! Now Reggie's got a solo album WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO! LOVE IT!?!?

Biography

Born: 1972

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Probably the only artist in history to receive equal love from Brian Eno and the Comedy Central television network, comedian/musician/performance artist Reggie Watts combines spoken word, human beatboxing, rapping, and standup comedy for his innovative and unclassifiable material. Being outside the norm started at childhood for Reginald Lucien Frank Roger Wattson as he was born in Germany but raised in Great Falls, MT. He grew up with a need to entertain, and at 18 he moved to Seattle to study jazz...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Jul 15, 2003

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