Khronos

Khronos

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by Maktub
     
 

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Seattle's Maktub shouldn't be doing this. Sure, artists like Macy Gray and Alicia Keys have made a stab at resurrecting soul, but Maktub do the job properly. From the first notes of "You Can't Hide," it's quite apparent that the band's heart lies in the late '60s and early '70s, the golden

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Seattle's Maktub shouldn't be doing this. Sure, artists like Macy Gray and Alicia Keys have made a stab at resurrecting soul, but Maktub do the job properly. From the first notes of "You Can't Hide," it's quite apparent that the band's heart lies in the late '60s and early '70s, the golden years of soul, all helped by a bit of a studio gloss that's definitely form the new millennium (courtesy of, surprisingly, Steve Fisk), but which never threatens to smother what they have going on -- which is a definite groove. "So Tired" is Al Green fronting Sly & the Family Stone -- singer Reggie Watts floats into falsetto so easily and purely, he's a joy to hear. The guitars can get a little dirty at times, and the analog synths add a real period flavor to the proceedings. But for much of the time, they have the substance to back up the style of Fender Rhodes and Hammond organs. "Give Me Some Time" even has Northwest rock references in its choruses, and "Baby Can't Wait" is airy bliss, even down to the sitar touches. In fact, until their cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter," this is almost a perfect record. At that point, however, they drop the ball a little. "No Quarter" has the locked-in groove, but that's about all -- certainly not enough to justify its eight-minute length. After that, "Motherfucker" is something of a mess, and the closing "Then We'll Know" never quite gels. But any band that can get it so right for eight cuts -- and even the remaining three aren't awful -- deserves fame, fortune, and mass adulation. Welcome back to soul. [When Velour picked up Khronos for release in 2003, they changed the artwork and removed "Motherfucker."]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Velour Recordings
UPC:
0687480030323
catalogNumber:
303

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maktub   Primary Artist
Thaddeus Turner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Background Vocals,Talk Box
Reggie Watts   Synthesizer,Vocals
Kevin Goldman   Bass,Bass Guitar,Sampling
Davis Martin   Percussion,Drums,Electronic Drums
Daniel Spils   Synthesizer,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Chava Mirel   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Fisk   Producer
Stuart Hallerman   Producer,Engineer
Dave Samuelson   Stylistic Assistant
Reggie Watts   Sound Effects

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Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW. I found out about Maktub when a friend of mine sent me an article about them. We are embarking on a similar path (forming independent label/group) in our area where there is very little culture or appreciation for REAL music. After hearing "Just Like Murder" I was HOOKED. THIS is what I've been missing. This band is hot. They got the right mix of soul, funk, rock, R&B..sort of like Maxwell meets Lenny Kravits meets Brand New Heavys meets Hootie and the Blowfish. If you love REAL music this is the CD for you ..tell your friends about it!