Light

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
As an American Hasidic Jewish reggae superstar, Matisyahu is an obvious outsider. After a debut album that felt live plus a follow-up album that was recorded live, the singer's ambition to do more with the studio presentation of his music left any sensible packaging up to the producer. The mismatch with fellow mystic Bill Laswell caused 2006's Youth to wander and sprawl, but industry vet David Kahne handles much of Light, and the difference is huge. Kahne packaged reggae-pop acts like Sublime and Fishbone -- whose members show up here -- before, but here he's primarily focused on Matisyahu's wide view, love of ancient history, and spiritual heart. The results are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
As an American Hasidic Jewish reggae superstar, Matisyahu is an obvious outsider. After a debut album that felt live plus a follow-up album that was recorded live, the singer's ambition to do more with the studio presentation of his music left any sensible packaging up to the producer. The mismatch with fellow mystic Bill Laswell caused 2006's Youth to wander and sprawl, but industry vet David Kahne handles much of Light, and the difference is huge. Kahne packaged reggae-pop acts like Sublime and Fishbone -- whose members show up here -- before, but here he's primarily focused on Matisyahu's wide view, love of ancient history, and spiritual heart. The results are comparable to So and all the Peter Gabriel albums after, with high-tech and polish helping to drive home the artist's reverence and sense of wonder. Sounding like breakthrough hit "Chop 'Em Down"'s little brother, "Smash Lies" is an effective opener plus a dancehall-driven crowd-pleaser that'll give way to an album less reggae than any previous. Besides a little "singjay" in his vocal style, the grand, key track "One Day" has little to do with Jamaican music, and the equally moving "For You" is more likely influenced by Tears for Fears than Bob Marley. Joel Madden makes crunching punk-pop guitar the centerpiece of "Darkness into Light," and ethereal closer "Silence" could be passed off as from the Dave Matthews songbook if the lines written in Hebrew didn't give Matisyahu away. Whether using his voice as a whisper or as a giant call across nations, the depth of feeling comes through brilliantly, and if the musical soundscape isn't familiar, the empowering and sincere lyrics most definitely are. Add Kahne's instantly accessible production and Light is not only a welcome surprise, but an album that matches his debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886972217024
  • Catalog Number: 722170
  • Sales rank: 24,301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Smash Lies (3:25)
  2. 2 We Will Walk (3:23)
  3. 3 One Day (3:27)
  4. 4 Escape (3:27)
  5. 5 So Hi So Lo (3:42)
  6. 6 I Will Be Light (3:35)
  7. 7 For You (3:29)
  8. 8 On Nature (3:45)
  9. 9 Motivate (4:21)
  10. 10 Struggla (3:46)
  11. 11 Darkness into Light (2:54)
  12. 12 Thunder (2:55)
  13. 13 Silence (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matisyahu Primary Artist
Trevor Hall Guitar, Vocals
David Kahne Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Shawn Pelton Drums
Nambo Robinson Nyabinghi Drums
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Norwood Fisher Bass
Peter "Mann" Gayle Vocals
Delroy Williams Nyabinghi Drums
Jeremy Harding Bass, Guitar
Stephen McGregor Drums, Keyboards
Eric Krasno Bass, Guitar
Adam Deitch Drums, Keyboards
Michael A. Harris Vocals
Michael Harris Vocals
Stu "Bassie" Brooks Bass
Aaron Dugan Guitar
Reeve Carney Guitar
Chevaughn Clayton Vocals
Jerry "Gerald" Dixon Bagpipes
Piamenta Guitar
Carl Scharschmidt Vocals
Jah Don Vocals
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar Drums
Jay E Guitar
Technical Credits
Barrington Levy Composer, Lyricist
Trevor Hall Composer
David Kahne Composer, Programming, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer
Dave McCracken Composer, Producer
Jeremy Harding Engineer, Drum Engineering
Stephen McGregor Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Brian Montgomery Drum Engineering
Eric Krasno Composer, Producer, Engineer
Joel Madden Composer, Producer
John Hanes Engineer
Jay E. & Easy Street Programming
Adam Deitch Composer, Programming, Producer
Benji Madden Composer, Producer
Matisyahu Composer, Lyricist
Aaron Dugan Composer, Producer
Jah Dan Composer, Lyricist
Ari Levine Composer, Engineer
Marcos Tovar Engineer
Bruno Mars Composer, Instrumentation
Ephraim Rosenstein Composer, Lyricist
Philip Lawrence Composer
Jay E Composer, Programming, Engineer
S. Brooks Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Light will fill you with light

    Matisyahu is a soulful artists and his music and lyrics will move you, challenge you, and delight you.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    matisyahu is a real singer and a good human bean

    great artist real wanderful human bean

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best new cd...ever

    "One Day" was the first song I heard, and I was hooked. All of Matisyahu's lyrics are original, inspiring, and make you feel happy.

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    Posted August 29, 2009

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