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Shake Off The Dust...Arise

October 26, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 28, 2004
  • Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Label: Matisyahu
  • Copyright: 2010 Matisyahu
  • Total Length: 1:03:37
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  • ASIN: B0049YIS6G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,839 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paddy Hago on April 12, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
This was the first album he put out, before "Live At Stubbs" and it is truly what I saw a magazine article call it; "Hasidic Reggae". It has that slower reggae sound, not as poppy or upbeat as his albums since "Youth" and a message of or even to G-d that you sometimes don't find in his newer stuff. This is in no ways a knock on his latest albums, but you can hear on "Shake Off The Dust..." he was trying to find a way to combine his beliefs into a music that was often fairly religious itself, that being the reggae style of Peter Tosh or Bob Marley.
The version of "King Without A Crown" here is so much more soulful than the one on "Youth" and "Chop'Em Down", which he redid uptempo for "No Place To Be", is excellent.
Be forewarned: If you don't like the older reggae sounds of Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, or Toots & The Maytals then you might not like this one. But this is what got me into Matisyahu so I really think if you like him, you'll like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Teune on April 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion, this is his best work. The sound is a bit unrefined, but it has a lot of energy. It has so much more soul than the albums that came after it. It's really beautiful.

It has been discontinued for some reason. Probably because the songs on it are a little different than the "official" recordings that came out later...or because there are different musicians on some of the tracks. I honestly think he should have stayed with the musicians here. The music blends very well. It's less "rock" feel than the later works, and more melodic. Very nice vocal intros on some of the tracks.

Looks like its become a collector's item. I could sell mine now and make a quite a profit. But its so good I'm going to hang on to it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Brunelle on October 4, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This album has a lot of the original tracks from Live at Stubb's, and was released a year earlier. This was his first album, and it feels really authentic and full of real roots reggae. It is not an album that resembles anything he's done since. It is a very pure album, without all the bells and whistles of his latest albums. It shows why he has become so popular since then, because he had tremendous talent. I now know why some people said Youth was "overproduced." Compared to this first album, I'd have to agree, but I liked Youth, Light, and Spark Seeker, although Spark Seeker took me a little while to warm up to it.

This album has some really great tracks on it, starting strong with Chop Em Down, then going to some Jewish chant on the second track that you can hear on Live at Stubb's Vol. II, before he launches into Got No Water on both of those albums, which is such a great song. Then he goes to King Without a Crown, which is almost as good as the live version he did on his live album. The next track is Father in the Forest, and it has a nice, interesting sound to it. Then, Aish Tamid, which is another one of my favorites, is sung with almost complete accuracy to the live version. I haven't really listened to Short Nigun, because it seems to be a nonvocal, and I generally don't listen to those much. Candle is a little too long, but it's not a bad song. Close My Eyes is one of the best on this album, mostly because it also includes Heights from the live album. I guess he took that song apart for the live album. Either way, that song is one of the best. Then he sings Exaltation, which is also an amazing song on the live album, and on this one, it is also very good, nearly as good as his live version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph S. Kurth on September 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Its is a really good album. It is very spiritual like all of Matis' music. It is less refine but the message still comes out clear and loud. If you can find it buy it even if it may be a bit pricey.
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This album is truly a masterpiece. The low-dubbed, dancehall reggae sound displayed here is some of the best I have ever heard in reggae and all coming from a guy that looks like an ordained rabbi. After the original print of this album was stopped, I ran across a copy before the prices on ebay got outrageous. If you got into Matisyahu through one of his recent album than this might not be for you. There is not a pop song to be found on this disc and no 'wall-of-sound' production techniques used to overproduce a song. It literally sounds like it was recorded in a Jamaican fishermans basement (I can practically smell the jerk-chicken listening to this thing).

This is not the same Matisyahu of today, however; this was somebody who felt the music, felt the vibes, who had a message to speak and bad-ass beats to back it up. Now he just sounds like a bad Sean Paul rip-off(making poppy dance hits), which is sad, considering Shake Off The Dust...Arise! is a collection of music that I would gladly put on the same shelf with the best Bob/Damian Marley tracks. As a bonus, it also has the original, non-pop version of King Without A Crown, which is musical bliss.

If you only liked Matisyahu for "Live at Stubbs" or have a strong love for traditional dub and dancehall reggae then pick up this album, you will not be disappointed, it is worth every penny Amazon is charging. If you only like Matisyahu from his last couple albums, then this is probably not the music you are looking for.
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