I hope you have all had a great summer... Unfortunately, I am already back to work; but for those of you with a few weeks left. Enjoy them.
Light builds on the reggae styles of his first two albums.
The album kicks in right away with the dancehall bash "Smash Lies".
It's not all reggae however. "Escape" is one of Matisyahu's most hip
hop tracks to date, and "Darkness Into Light" may be his heaviest
There's a definite pop
sensibility brought to the table as well. "On Nature" is a bright
singalong featuring a children's choir. The cheerful "So Hi So Lo" is a
sunny track that will make you wish summer never ended, while the lead
off single "One Day" riffs heavily off Alphaville's "Forever Young".
solidifying Matisyahu's reputation are the contributions of some
heavyweight artists on the record. Ska-core veterans Fishbone pitch in
as do legendary reggae rhythm section Sly and Robbie.
Not everything is a winner on Light. Tracks like "Motivate", "I Will Be Light", and "Struggla" trudge along without ever getting a full head of steam.
Matisyahu continues his message of hope and peace. While he makes no
effort hide mask his faith, the songs are universal enough that one can
take or leave the religious aspects and enjoy them on their own level.
Light is the sound of a unique artist, finding his voice and hitting his stride. No one can mistake Matisyahu for a novelty act now.
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