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2009 release from the Jewish Reggae star, the follow up to his 2006 studio album Youth. Light is anything but safe. Produced by David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Sublime, the Strokes), the 14 track collection covers a dizzying amount of stylistic ground, from hard-edged Dancehall ('Smash Lies') and Ska-inflected New Wave ('We Will Walk') to laidback Pop/Rock ('So Hi So Lo') and acoustic Folk-Soul ('I Will Be The Light'). Light finds Matisyahu edging away from his comfort zone into more daring territory.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Smash Lies
  2. We Will Walk
  3. One Day
  4. Escape
  5. So Hi So Lo
  6. I Will Be Light
  7. For You
  8. On Nature
  9. Motivate
  10. Struggla
  11. Darkness Into Light
  12. Thunder
  13. Silence


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • ASIN: B001TPJW8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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My favorite Matisyahu album has always been and will always be the Live at Stubbs album. When a musician explodes into the public eye and people start listening, they become attached to that sound because that's what they fell in love with. When an artist puts out something new and ventures from that beloved sound, people automatically dismiss the new record. We all do it, especially with artists we love.

Light is different, there is no denying it. It's less reggae and much more rock and hip hop. Smash Lies is a stark contrast to what most people are used to from Matisyahu. It's a very layered song, littered with piano, hip hop beats and just about everything else but the reggae sound most Matisyahu fans are accustomed to. But it's not a bad song just because it's different.

The first four songs are some of the best songs I've heard in a long time. When Matisyahu puts out a greatest hits album, I expect Smash Lies, We Will Walk, One Day and Escape to be on there.

We Will Walk and One Day are very radio friendly, very rock and roll/pop and very uplifting and catchy. It's almost as if they were put out by a different artist. Perhaps they were. Perhaps Matisyahu is growing and changing. People change. Musical styles and tastes change. Just about everything changes. It's a natural part of progression. Stagnation exists when progression is absent. The reggae isn't gone. Listen to the last half of the album, especially Motivate, Darkness Into Light, On Nature and Thunder. That initial sound that most of us fell in love with isn't gone, it's just been built upon, the way a house is built upon a foundation. What's missing isn't as important as what is present in this record.
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I was eagerly waiting for this album to come out, but after listening through several times, I found myself disappointed. Matisyahu's earlier albums had a nice reggae/hip-hop beat, but this album relies almost entirely on the hip-hop feel. I felt like I was listening to Matisyahu's Dance Party. Matisyahu barely gets any solos in the songs and he is overshadowed by beats and backup, which is a shame because he has an incredible voice. This album reminded me of Chris Cornell's Scream album. Another great artist whose album was ruined by beats and overproduction. I still think you should purchase the album to support Matisyahu and you may enjoy it, but if you hate hip-hop like me you will only enjoy a handful of tracks.
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I do not like this cd at all.

It is not that it is bad, on the contrary, it is more bold, experimental and different from his other outings.

Matisyahu acquired a lot of his fans by hitting the festival circuit. If you are a big "jam band" fan then you would have crossed paths with this artist. Live, he is absolutely a "jam band". I am a "jam band" guy.

I have no problem with Matisyahu going commercial (which he obvoiusly is), trying styles that I may not agree with or the overpreachy/cheesy lyrics. What really kills this work is how overproduced every song is. I like my music raw, stripped down...and in the genre of reggae, dub or hip hop, with lots of space between the instruments. This stuff is way too processed.

When you see him live, he has a smoking hot band but you would never know it from this work. Many of his songs, live, are beautifully drawn out and developed, but not on this shmaltzy work. His songs would venture into deep grooves, but not on this album.

This cd makes Matisyahu sound like an "American Idol" contestant rather than the very experienced performer that he is. It took a long time to release this and now I see why.

NOTE, he probably will pick up new fans with his new sound but you shouldn't totally eliminate what successful formula took you this far.
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I am a big Matis fan, and absolutely loved "Live at Stubbs." I went to see him in 2006 here in Phoenix, and the show was awesome. I really appreciate the fact that his lyrics are positive and spiritual, and the fact that the music was good too was a big positive.

I was not very impressed with his second album, "Youth," and to be honest, listen to it very rarely.It's not that it's a bad album, it just seemed a little over produced, and none of the songs really seemed to grab me. Of course, he is not the first artist to fall to the "sophomore album curse," and given the freshness and vibrancy of "Live at Stubbs," it is hard to imagine that any studio album would be satisfying.

So when I got "Light," I wasn't sure what to expect. I had read some of the reviews here on Amazon, and was somewhat hesitant, but because I love what he stands for, and consider him a great musical artist, I picked it up. And I have to be completely honest - upon first listening, I did not like this album. It seemed that he had gone completely to the other end of the spectrum - a pop sound, a lot of production, and hip hop beats. But when I listened to the lyrics, they were still positive and uplifting.

But a funny thing happened as I kept listening to this album - I started really, really liking it. There are still some soungs that capture the reggae sound that people first came to love him for, like "Struggla"; there are some very beautiful songs that say extremely positive and hopeful things, like "One Day" (which should be the global national anthem, one of the best songs ever made by anyone), and the more tender song "I Will Be Light." I also like "We Will Walk" and "Thunder" very much, and all of the other songs are good as well.

And the more I listen to it, the more I like it.
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