Review by Bobby Green
If you’re looking for something to keep you warm during this cold snap then Zaska – It Takes A Village will have even the coldest chills banished from your existence as he delivers a delicious ’Future Soul’ experience as the maestro songwriter / guitarist leading a supergroup of such talent it’s like reading a list of the coolest Irish musicians from the last few years.
There is so much joy with ‘It Takes A Village’ I found it hard to actually sit down and write about the album as i found myself dancing around the house with the music blaring out and a massive Cheshire Cat grin on my face. And this joy is understandable when you realise the album is a concept album about the birth of his first child. it’s easy to feel the emotions poured into every note on here as Zaska is working through a life changing experience he could well have delivered a life defining album. Even though released on February 1st ‘It Takes a Village’ is so sun kissed you’d be wearing factor 40 and sunglasses every time you hear it, and call me old fashioned but it’s such a pleasure to hear an album rather than a collection of songs an artist wants to put out. The guitar work is phenomenal, Max Zaska was recently named one of Ireland’s best guitarists by GoldenPlec and he can also be heard on The Waterboys 2017 release, “Didn’t We Walk On Water”. I’m not a fan of comparisons but there were moments it was like Nightmares On Wax, Republic of Loose and Lack Of Afro had resurrected the spirit of Prince for one final jam so he could give one last soulful gift to the world. This is truly a beautiful album and by far one that will be talked about for a long time to come.
It Takes A Village is out now and features more than 25 artists and musicians and will be launched at the button factory on Friday 8th February Book Tickets ……….HERE!