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Vinyl, July 17, 2012
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Spark Seeker's a very different type of album, one that mixes hi-tech, busy, and heavily synthesized production with Middle-Eastern instruments for a very cool new sound for him.
I wasn't sure what to initially think when I heard that Matisyahu was heading in this direction. Most fans, I'd think, have always preferred his live albums to Youth and Light mainly because of the rawer, more energetic sound that comes with a band playing the music. His studio albums, on the other hand, always blended this style with poppier and more mainstream production.
With Spark Seeker, we see the album diving headfirst into this type of production, and I have to express my surprise; it's all the better for it. By sticking firmly to its style instead of tepidly balancing between the two, I feel that this is Matisyahu's most cohesive and energetic studio album to date, with songs that blend well together while all still sounding like something unique and different. The CD's meant to be played loud and with the bass cranked up and it's an experience all its own.
Crossroads is an incredible way to kick things off, and this transitions into one of only 3 (somewhat) traditional songs on the album, Sunshine. Searching, Buffalo Soldier, and Fire of Freedom all bring something totally new to the table while all coming off as incredibly catchy. Bal Shem Tov has an atmospheric start as the music beautifully fades in, this one including some incredible lyrics.Read more ›
It's arguably fair to call 'Spark Seeker' an advancement in the production and sophistication of Matisyahu, as more complex rhythms, Middle Eastern and electronic overlays, and finally tighter mixing combine to give this album a sense of a bona fide studio affair. It's certainly a joy to listen to, and catchy x 10. Well done, Kool Kojack. I wouldn't be surprised to see 1 or 2 tracks go mainstream radio.
Still, something gets lost in all these intended upgrades. Matisyahu's 'authenticity' - his free form mix of Jewish niggun and reggae flow - are sadly few and far between on Spark Seeker. It's admittedly odd to witness this step back. 'Light,' in my opinion stands as Matisyahu's best album to date, one that captured his best and then some by adding subtle but needed polish to the original Live albums plus debut offering. On a personal level, however, Matisyahu (through his own admission) transitioned away from Hasidic Judaism toward the end of 2011, a move which might explain the format switch (as his perception of music purpose could have adjusted accordingly).
In multiple plays of Spark Seeker, I couldn't help but think of the same journey Kanye West took...and perhaps continues to via collaborative albums...in marrying his realness plus desire for musical experimentation. Some hiccups emerged along the way in over-preference toward a particular outcome. Perhaps this Matisyahu's current struggle, in determining where his raw passion and musical zeal best overlay.
Thus and in sum, Matisyahu devotees might find Spark Seeker a slight downgrade to the terrific Youth. Those new to this unique talent might best be served via earlier efforts first.
Given the amount of presale advertising and quality graphic design...this was a big disappointment coming from such a talented artist.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love Matisyahu. His music is positive and family friendly. I appreciate his messages and encourage you to check him out!Published 8 months ago by Bobbi T.
This is my favorite Matisyahu album yet, Sunshine really grabs me. I have probably listened to it a hundred times or more and I can't get sick of it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazonian
Matisyahu is amazing! He fuses melodic beats and hooks with middle eastern elements to make an upbeat and inspiring cultural music experience!Published 18 months ago by adam tarnasky
Arrived promptly and as expected, however the album was warped so the first song on Side A does not play properly. Otherwise satisfied.Published 20 months ago by Caitlyn Connors