This review is from a couple of years ago but the music of Maktub is timeless.
Start it Over, by Maktub
With the anticipation of a child at Christmas, the first time making love or a never before tasted Italian red wine, I delved into the new disk and was justly rewarded. The music starts off almost improvised, almost a jam session type of feeling, getting warmed up finding their chops, before taking us on a ride we will never forget. The emotional range is intense as each song elicits a different sense, a different place in time, a different countryside, basking under the autumn sun, fighting a wind-swept rain, or dining at an Italian cafe across from the one you love, sipping wine and indulging in chocolate.
The album is complex like the red wine the first time it tingles your taste buds. You smile at the same time trying to figure out what this masterpiece is, because it is so unique and such a new experience. You take it slow and easy at first, not rushing, not wanting this to end, enjoy each and every second, each tug at the senses, your mind and body electrified.
This is a perfect album. I’ve been a Maktub fan for 5 years, have each album, have Reggie’s solo album and have been graced with two live performances of the band. They have captured the spirit and energy of engaging the crowd with pure music, emotional music, and have taken the best of Subtle Ways, Khronos, and Say What You Mean, thrown it into a mixer and out came Start it Over.
Music’s purpose is to engage, enthrall, elicit emotions, take you some place else, electrify the body and mind, and bring you back to where you started, the same place, but not the same person. Start it Over does this.