Light

Light

by Matisyahu
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Overview

Light

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Label: Epic
UPC: 0886972217024
catalogNumber: 722170
Rank: 11560

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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Light 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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.
71 More than 1 year ago
great artist real wanderful human bean
annabNY More than 1 year ago
Matisyahu is a soulful artists and his music and lyrics will move you, challenge you, and delight you.
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