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March 7, 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 46:42
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  • ASIN: B00138F1GG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,450 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Great lyrics and music.
Paula
Live at Stubb's kicked it up with a little more energy and although just a little different sounding, was still another amazing CD.
Cody Johnson
I never understand people that like an artist just for one album and a live one at that.
lorree22

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Next time you’re strolling through Crown Heights, Brooklyn and happen to see a tall, bespectacled young man wearing the garb of the Hasidic Jewish community coming towards you, try humming a few bars of Bob Marley’s “Exodus” and see if he smiles at you and joins in.

Matthew Paul Miller (Matisyahu) spreads his messages of faith and “consciousness” through the reggae medium, and although this sounds strange to say the least, he’s getting his message across, particularly to the young people. As he sings on title track and second single “Youth”:

“Take a stand

Fan a fire for the flame of the youth

Got the freedom to choose

You better make the right move

Young man, the power's in your hand”

His style borrows heavily from the vintage reggae of Marley and the spiritual messages of singers like Luciano rather than the popular dance hall music of Sean Paul, but you can also hear other influences such as The Police in “Despatch the Troops”, and Matthew Wilder in “Jerusalem”, as well as rap and hip hop.

Matisyahu gives his all in his live performances, as can be seen in the video for “King Without a Crown”, his first single that made the world sit up and pay attention. If it takes a gimmick to get the message of peace and harmony to young people than I’m all for it.

Maybe not the best reggae album in the world, or the most spiritually uplifting, but certainly fun, catchy and with no need for Parental Advisory warnings.

Amanda Richards, April 22, 2006
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Louise Marquis on January 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I generally go for virtuoso instrumentalists. Reggae is an occasional diversion, and hip-hop is low on my list. But one sample of Matisyahu's music and I was oddly hooked. I just got this CD, and already listened to it countless times.

There are several musical influences here, but the reggae/hip-hop that Matisyahu is known for appealingly dominates. I'm unable to narrow down my favorite songs to less than 4: "Jerusalem", "Unique Is My Dove", "Ancient Lullaby" and "King Without a Crown". The folksy "What I'm Fighting For" is nice for contrast, except for the awkward end. Some of the rock guitar riffs here and there are distracting. A few times, I thought I detected a soulful chassidic chant lurking in Matisyahu's throat, and I found myself wishing he'd let it rip.

I have to mention his brilliant poetry, too. Some of the lyrics are in the CD notes - I wish they all were.

Matisyahu makes Jewish orthodoxy look cool. But more to the point, the spiritual longing he expresses is universal. He is a work in progress, both musically and spiritually, and I'm glad he's taking us along on his journey.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By scotty p on March 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Many people already familiar with this artist seem to think former pot-smoking/Phish-head turned devout hasidic jew Matisyahu Miller has changed his sound for more popularity and airplay, I can't agree with this statement at all. Comparison to Live @ Stubbs is moot - it's a live album, and for someone with a lot of hip hop influence in his music, live and studio albums are going to sound pretty different.

Matisyahu has not changed his sound, he's merely expanded it. On this album, you hear songs with some more rock (title track "Youth"), some redemption song-esque folk("what im fighting for"), some calypso and afro-cuban ("ancient lullaby"), and some songs more focused on hip hop ("WP", "Indestructable"), but all these songs and the rest of the album still stand firm in the genre of reggae, which is what has gotten Matis to where is he today.

After seeing him perform "Jerusalem" last night on Jimmy Kimmel, a song with pretty strong hip hop beats on the actual album, it's even more apparent live that Matisyahu has stayed true to his sound - songs that have strong hip hop influence/beats on the album or sound "overproduced" still sound like vintage Matisyahu live.

I have long been someone who reads reviews on amazon for music and movies, but never actually written one. I feel this album and Matisyahu truly deserve the recognition that seems to be exponentially coming their way, and I felt compelled to give this album my first review - I think this album/musician is that good, original, and worth getting. I would actually give this album 4.5 stars, but in Matisyahu's case, I think his refreshing music and sound deserve a 5 instead of a 4.
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful By J. Duncan on March 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
this is a partial departure from Matis' (sadly) out of print debut album "Shake Off the Dust... Arise." whereas the first album was a delightful combination of reggae, hip-hop, gypsy and powerful spiritual rhymes, "youth" modifies the sound with strong elements of indie rock (especially the title track), folk ("what i'm fighting for"), electronica and even - eegads - vocoder. guitar solos most closely associated with rock are prominently featured, especially on the "king without a crown" remake and the title track (coincidentally my least favorite tracks.) some of the songs would fit quite nicely on a red hot chili peppers album.

that said, songs like "jerusalem" and "unique is my dove" deliver enough of the original matisyahu to keep current fans happy. the gamble is that the attempt for greater popular airplay will score a few hits while not losing too many existing fans. my guess is the indie-rock space is too crowded already and that this album won't lose too many fans. however, another album of this sort would probably take the shine off of this otherwise bright star without the hoped for benefit of a hit.

put another way, an essential part of matisyahu's appeal was the spiritual aspect which added a sincerity that made him standout from the constant bombardment of commercial acts. another CD like this would be all but certain to destroy that image and i'm afraid matis would digress into a clown act.

after a few listens i've pretty much abandoned "youth" and reverted back to matis' earlier stuff. normally i would have given this music 3 stars but out of respect for matisyhau i gave it 4.
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