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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.
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Personally, I like the change. While some may call it selling-out, and it certainly could be considered as such with the hip-hop tones, the rocking lines, and the divergence from religious rhymes solely. What I like to note though is that this is growth in a musician and behind the musician, a human being. With enough being said about Matisyahu, let's get into the music.
Most know that "One Day" is a standalone smash hit, but the rest of the album packs a super hard punch. The album as a whole was a pleasant surprise after listening to it a few times. After the first listen-through after listening to old Matisyahu for years, it will sound different. "Smash Lies" comes out of the gate like a drag racing car blowing you away scratching your head asking what you just heard. It will take time to get used to if you are looking for more stylish reggae like that Matisyahu is known for.
Another solid example of a good mixture of new and old would be something like "So Hi So Lo" which has a rock undertone with a Matisyahu rhythmic flow for the lyrics. "I Will Be Light" would be that reminder of Matisyahu's roots as it reminds the devout fans that he is just growing--not selling out.
Overall this album is a must have for Matisyahu fans--new and old. Take the change, you won't regret it.
5 LightDay Stars out of 5!
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. To me, that is often the mark of a truly great album - I don't like it at first, but it keeps growing on me. I do hope that he will cut back on the production a bit his next album, but I understand too that he has something to say, and he is trying to reach a wider audience than just those who like reggae. And I don't think we can fault him for that. This is a very good album, and if you like Matis and like positive music, pick it up - and be sure to listen to it several times before deciding whether you like it or not.
Unfortunately, "Light" does not allow for Matisyahu's great vocals to be showcased as they should be. There are certainly several songs on the album that are very good. Unlike past albums, though, "Light" has a good many mediocre tracks. I don't know why he chose to take the direction that he takes on this album. Perhaps someone told him that this direction would be more commercially successful. He and his band are capable of doing so much better. People who have seen them live in concert know that they can play dynamic and impressive music. I hope that the next album gets back to the dynamism exhibited prior to "Light."