Live at Stubb's

Live at Stubb's

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by Matisyahu
     
 

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Matthew Miller grew up like plenty other suburban kids, listening to rap and reggae, following Phish, and smoking weed. But when he embraced the Lubavitch branch of Chasidic Judaism, Miller embarked on a path more unique, and today he's the singular beat-boxing, dancehall-toasting Matisyahu. Standing over six feet tall in his black fedora, Matisyahu cuts a stunning… See more details below

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Matthew Miller grew up like plenty other suburban kids, listening to rap and reggae, following Phish, and smoking weed. But when he embraced the Lubavitch branch of Chasidic Judaism, Miller embarked on a path more unique, and today he's the singular beat-boxing, dancehall-toasting Matisyahu. Standing over six feet tall in his black fedora, Matisyahu cuts a stunning figure as he begins to bust spiritual rhymes atop the one-drop rhythms of a live band. You can almost hear the crowd at the Austin, Texas, club collectively inhale as he launches into "Sea to Sea," one of the three songs that don't appear on his debut, Shake Off the Dust…Arise. Novelty propels Matisyahu only so far, though, and then it's up to the skills and message of the 25-year-old MC to carry the evening. On his studio debut, Matisyahu's voice was occasionally thin, but caught live here, in the midst of a coast-to-coast tour, it sounds powerful, whether delivering biblically inspired rhymes or wordless mystic nigunnim. Those unaccustomed to Lubavitch may carry their own prejudices about these bearded, scholarly, and perennially overdressed Jews. But Matisyahu, connecting the earthy Jewish mysticism of chasidus to the ganja-induced dreaminess of Rasta reggae, makes an eloquent champion. Following his spiritual master's mission to bring the divine light into the world, Matisyahu certainly awakens the crowd on this promising set.

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Offering a taste of Matisyahu's exhilarating live show along with being an alternative to his more complex debut, Live at Stubb's presents "the Hasidic Reggae Superstar" in top form. While Shake Off the Dust...Arise had its dreamy, mystical, and more relaxed side, Stubb's is filled with rousing energy, with Matisyahu delivering his spiritual message with the punch of Elephant Man, Beenie Man, or whichever dancehall king you care to mention. The nothing-but-fun "Beat Box" represents how over the top and freewheeling the singer can be, while the between-song banter displays an approachable artist who feeds off an audience's enthusiasm. The highlights of Arise are all here, more anthemic sounding than ever, and Matisyahu's band is incredibly tight and responsive. A debut and then a live album might be a quirky release schedule, but following Arise with Stubb's is smart. His debut painted him as a thoughtful architect in the studio, while Stubb's suggests you better catch this exciting showman first chance you get.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969646427
catalogNumber:
96464
Rank:
16910

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