Youth

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The most unusual breakout artist of 2005, Matisyahu capitalizes on the heat generated by "King Without a Crown" -- the MTV hit spawned by his Live at Stubb's disc -- with Youth, an album that expands his sound and roundly dismisses the novelty of an Orthodox Jewish reggae DJ. Based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the spiritual headquarters of the Lubavitch sect of Hasidism he extols, Matis and his band saw most of the rest of the world through incessant touring, gaining more and more fans and pushing "King" further and further up the charts. The Matisyahu sound incorporates rock-solid reggae riddim, beatboxing, Hasidic chant, and heavy guitar, but it's his deeply spiritual...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The most unusual breakout artist of 2005, Matisyahu capitalizes on the heat generated by "King Without a Crown" -- the MTV hit spawned by his Live at Stubb's disc -- with Youth, an album that expands his sound and roundly dismisses the novelty of an Orthodox Jewish reggae DJ. Based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the spiritual headquarters of the Lubavitch sect of Hasidism he extols, Matis and his band saw most of the rest of the world through incessant touring, gaining more and more fans and pushing "King" further and further up the charts. The Matisyahu sound incorporates rock-solid reggae riddim, beatboxing, Hasidic chant, and heavy guitar, but it's his deeply spiritual message that seems to draw folks: In an era when everything's up for questioning, Matt Miller's unapologetic orthodoxy is bracingly radical. The title track quotes the Rabbi Menachem Schneersohn (regarded by Lubavitchers as the Messiah): "Youth is the engine of the world," and Matisyahu counsels those lost in a soulless society to seize power and "make the right move." The sentiment could come from Linkin Park, but Miller is free of self-pity and angst. Like any Jew, he doubts: On "Late Night in Zion" he wonders "I'm dried up like the desert earth / How could these seeds give birth?" But he always finds his way back to his mission, to open eyes (and ears) to make the world a better place. Youth offers an olive branch with "Shalom / Salaam," featuring rapper Youssou, and prominently features African instruments and rhythms alongside its dubwise flow. Producer Bill Laswell lays back, punching up the bass and allowing these young zealots room to breathe -- at the same time, you can expect radio-ready tracks such as "Time of Your Song," "Youth," and "Jerusalem" to connect with an audience hungry for clarity.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
An orthodox Jew who kicks it dancehall style, Matisyahu may seem a gimmick, but he's the real deal. Unfortunately, he's struggling with the sophomore jinx on Youth, an album that expands upon his debut, 2004's Shake Off the Dust... Arise, without capturing its immediacy or excitement, thanks in large part to producer Bill Laswell. No stranger to genre-combining -- he's remixed Bob Marley and Miles Davis and is always up for any world music versus electronica excursion he's offered -- Laswell treats Matisyahu like so many of his previous subjects. He can't resist adding a sound effect swoop and other studio trickery to most tracks, and he often makes Matisyahu's band sound gigantic and polished when they're really tight and free. While the whole affair is great for showing off bass-heavy speakers, the live and exciting Matisyahu that makes the jam band crowd go crazy is hard to find and the tasteful studio touches of his home-brewed debut are absent. His material is also going through some growing pains, but there is growth and for every song that wanders a bit too much, there's a revelation that fleshes out the artist. The spiritual message was always bigger than the man before, but the sparse "What I'm Fighting For" is a surprisingly intimate track while "Dispatch the Troops" flippantly quotes the Police, an unexpected twist from a man who always seemed stately to a fault, even when he was doing the human beatbox thing. At the time of Youth's release, Shake Off the Dust... Arise was out of print and one has to wonder if Matisyahu's new label, Sony, was behind it. Arise's great "King Without a Crown" appears again here and Sony decides to push the single as if this is Matisyahu's grand entrance. That's a total misrepresentation of Youth, which is really more about a talented artist struggling with the pressures of topping his brilliant first album. Even if he didn't, and even if he or the label chose the wrong producer for the undertaking, Youth is meaty enough to suggest this man is no gimmick but an artist with his eye on the long haul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969769522
  • Catalog Number: 97695

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fire of Heaven/Altar of Earth (3:58)
  2. 2 Youth (4:18)
  3. 3 Time of Your Song (4:27)
  4. 4 Dispatch the Troops (4:05)
  5. 5 Indestructible (4:09)
  6. 6 What I'm Fighting For (2:11)
  7. 7 Jerusalem (4:00)
  8. 8 WP (3:58)
  9. 9 Shalom/Saalam (1:05)
  10. 10 Late Night in Zion (3:13)
  11. 11 Unique Is My Dove (3:24)
  12. 12 Ancient Lullaby (4:18)
  13. 13 King Without a Crown (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matisyahu Primary Artist
Josh Werner Bass, Keyboards
Aaron Dugan Guitar
Marlon "Moshe" Ipkis Musician
Sobol Ipkis Musician
Stanley Ipkis Musician
Yusu Youssou Musician
Technical Credits
Bill Laswell Producer
Jimmy Douglass Composer, Producer
Bob Musso Engineer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
Josh Werner Composer
Dan Mandell Art Direction
Aaron Dugan Composer
Ivan Corraliza Composer
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
Aaron Bisman Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love of Matisyahu Shalom

    Not a youth, found the words and sounds of Matisyahu is wonderful, a big fan of Bob Marley, takes me away from the problems of our world, gives me hope for the future, I'm thankful, for his popularity with all youth. Music heals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just saw Matisyahu live!

    Just last week my girlfriend put on "King Without A Crown" and asked me what I thought. I was immediately intrigued. It just so happens that they were in town (St. Louis) for a show and a friend asked me to go. I was blown away. Matisyahu (Matthew in Hebrew) is a multi-talented performer who really put on a great show. I would recommend the group to anyone who wants to hear a fresh, unique sound!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    cant wait to buy this!

    cant wait to get this cd- heard/saw them on jimmy kimmel show- initially it was strange to see an orthodox jew kick it like that but-he was off the hook!give it a chance! be open minded- im not jewish and i was digging it-im a puertorican girl- i may not understand everything hes singing- but still loved it, all i heard was two cuts and that was enough to see -he had it going on!-you wont be disapointed

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    Posted June 25, 2010

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