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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Matisyahu might have the market cornered on his particular niche of expression, that of reggae-tinged high-polish hip-hop beats with lyrical inspiration stemming from his roots in Hasidic Judaism and its traditions. While themes of belief, retribution, and religious tropes come through from time to time on fifth album Akeda, spirituality takes somewhat of a back seat to Matisyahu's huge beats and reggae-pop basslines, though each song comes across in a wash of positive sentiments and philosophical musing. The album runs back and forth between tunes steeped in traditional reggae influence such as "Black Heart" and the Collie Buddz guest-spotted "Confidence" and more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Matisyahu might have the market cornered on his particular niche of expression, that of reggae-tinged high-polish hip-hop beats with lyrical inspiration stemming from his roots in Hasidic Judaism and its traditions. While themes of belief, retribution, and religious tropes come through from time to time on fifth album Akeda, spirituality takes somewhat of a back seat to Matisyahu's huge beats and reggae-pop basslines, though each song comes across in a wash of positive sentiments and philosophical musing. The album runs back and forth between tunes steeped in traditional reggae influence such as "Black Heart" and the Collie Buddz guest-spotted "Confidence" and more pop-minded tunes like the brilliant horns of "Watch the Walls Melt Down" and the Coldplay-meets-Bruno Mars croon of "Ayeka (Teach Me to Love)." Matisyahu may be the only "Hasidic reggae superstar" (a distinction he makes in reference to himself on more than one of Akeda's tunes), but over the album's hour-plus running time he delivers such solidly catchy and meticulously produced pop music that much of its lyrical content and any deeper message get lost in the head-bobbing beats and pleasantly dubby basslines.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2014
  • Label: Elm City Music
  • UPC: 786626308927
  • Catalog Number: 630892
  • Sales rank: 21,426

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Reservoir (4:53)
  2. 2 Broken Car (4:45)
  3. 3 Watch The Walls Melt Down (5:25)
  4. 4 Champion (3:50)
  5. 5 Built To Survive (4:41)
  6. 6 Ayeka (Teach Me To Love) (4:17)
  7. 7 Black Heart (4:31)
  8. 8 Star On The Rise (3:16)
  9. 9 Surrender (3:34)
  10. 10 Confidence - Collie Buddz (3:57)
  11. 11 Vow of Silence (Shalom) (5:12)
  12. 12 Obstacles (4:13)
  13. 13 Hard Way (3:50)
  14. 14 Sick For So Long (8:12)
  15. 15 Akeda (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matisyahu Primary Artist, Vocals
David Holmes Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals
Zion I Vocals
Joe Tomino Synthesizer, Percussion, Drums
Jeff Pierce Trombone, Trumpet
Rob Marscher Synthesizer, Piano
Mark Guiliana Drums
Jordan McLean Trumpet
Sasha Dobson Background Vocals
Aaron Dugan Guitar
Collie Buddz Vocals
Bryan Gibson Background Vocals
Zumbi Vocals
Stu Brooks Bass
Dave Smoota Smith Trombone
Stewart Brooks Organ, Dulcimer, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Glockenspiel, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer, Waterphone
Janice Cruz Brooks Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Don Carter Artwork
David Holmes Composer, drum programming, Additional Production
Vlado Meller Mastering
Colin Harper Composer
Sam Hollander Composer
Joe Tomino Composer, Engineer, drum programming
Rob Marscher Composer
Mark Guiliana Composer
Matisyahu Composer
Stephen Gaines Composer
Mark Santangelo Mastering
Aaron Dugan Composer
Steve Shebby Composer, Producer
Matthew Miller Composer
Stu Brooks Producer, Engineer
Joel Hamilton Producer, Engineer, Additional Production
Francisco Botero Engineer
Stewart Brooks Composer, drum programming
Jimmy Ovadia Artwork
Janice Cruz Brooks Vocal Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    I am anxious to hear his new album. I have every other one. I ha

    I am anxious to hear his new album. I have every other one. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Matisyahu when he was on tour in Buffalo MY
    after giving a concert at UB. My review was published in the Jewish Review of which I still have the actual issue.

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