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Light (2009)

Artist: Matisyahu
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Format: CD
Sku: 211482516
UPC: 886972217024
UPC 14: 00886972217024
Release Date: 8/25/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Smash Lies ~ Matisyahu
2. We Will Walk ~ Matisyahu
3. One Day ~ Matisyahu
4. Escape ~ Matisyahu
5. So Hi So Lo ~ Matisyahu
6. I Will Be Light ~ Matisyahu
7. For You ~ Matisyahu
8. On Nature ~ Matisyahu
9. Motivate ~ Matisyahu
10. Struggla ~ Matisyahu
11. Darkness Into Light ~ Matisyahu
12. Thunder ~ Matisyahu
13. Silence ~ Matisyahu
Track Listing
1. Smash Lies
2. We Will Walk
3. One Day
4. Escape
5. So Hi So Lo
6. I Will Be Light
7. For You
8. On Nature
9. Motivate
10. Struggla
11. Darkness Into Light
12. Thunder
13. Silence

"...Light is not only a welcome surprise, but an album that matches his debut.  David Jeffries, All Music Guide
"...his new music proves that he's not a one-trick pony.  Jill Menze, Billboard

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Lyricists: David Kahne; Barrington Levy.
Muze PNote Personnel: Trevor Hall (vocals, guitar); Chevaughn Clayton, Michael A. Harris, Peter "Mann" Gayle (vocals); David Kahne (guitar, keyboards, programming); Eric Krasno, Jeremy Harding, Aaron Dugan, Reeve Carney (guitar); Stephen McGregor, Adam Deitch (keyboards, drums, programming); Shawn Pelton (drums); Jay E. & Easy Street (programming).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; David Kahne; Serban Ghenea; John Hanes .
Muze PNote Recording information: Anchor Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Germano Studios, NY; Levcon Studios, Los Angeles, CA; MixStar Studios, Virginia Beach, VA; Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY; SeeSquared Studios, NY; Shabby Road Studios, LA.
Muze PNote Editors: Adam & Matt Podd; Rob Brill.
Muze PNote After three years (spent mostly on tour), Hasidic reggae toaster Matisyahu returns to the studio with LIGHT, the followup to 2006's stunning (if controversial to many) breakthrough, YOUTH. On the 2009 LP, his third, the prominently bearded Mr. Miller continues to venture further into the unexplored spiritual and philosophical realms of his heralded hybrid.

Producer: S. McGregor; Dave McCracken; David Kahne; Eric Krasno; Joel Madden; Benji Madden; Aaron Dugan; Adam Deitch

Engineer: S. McGregor; Ari Levine; Marcos Tovar; David Kahne; Eric Krasno; Jeremy Harding; John Hanes

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations So Called Seder:hip Hop Haggad
Muze Music Compilations Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band
Muze Music Compilations Trevor Hall
Muze Music Compilations Cabin By The Sea(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vh1 Love & Hip Hop:music (ost)
Muze Music Compilations VH1 LOVE HIP HOP:MUSIC (OST)(Explicit Version)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/25/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 722170
Music Label Name Label : Epic International
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886972217024

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.82)
- "Matisyahu expands his sound...punching up his earnest ruminations on faith and inspiration with sleek hip-hop beats and shiny pop-rock guitars."

Billboard - "Matisyahu's third studio album, LIGHT, finds him revisiting the teachings of his Jewish faith, but also pushing musical boundaries behind traditional reggae."

Paste Magazine 7 of 10
Having struggled to find middle ground between refining his novelty for a wider audience and retaining his reggae and hip-hop flourishes on 2006's Youth, Matisyahu's third album finds him caught between returning to his core and pushing further into the mainstream. The surprise is that the world's leading (and only) Orthodox Jewish dancehall star actually succeeds by doing the latter, enlisting producer David Kahne (Sublime, Paul McCartney) and an eclectic cast of reggae all-stars (Sly & Robbie, Stephen McGregor), creating an album loaded with oversized guitars, electronic beats and anthemic choruses. Reggae and spiritual self-improvement remain Matisyahu's foundation, but they're increasingly buried in the mix, allowing him to focus on his developing ear as a pop songwriter (the soulful "I Will Be Light" and the pitch-shifted hookery of "Struggla"). Add in a few banjos, clarinets and a children's choir, and you've got an eclectic album that's unrepentantly over the top. - Matt Fink



Known for blending traditional Jewish themes with Reggae, rock and hip hop sounds, Matisyahu is most recognizable for being a hasidic Jew. As such, Matisyahu stands out for not performing on Shabbos. Since 2004, he has released two studio albums as well as one live album, two remix CDs and one DVD featuring a live concert, and a number of interviews. Through his short career, Matisyahu has teamed up with some of the biggest names in reggae production including Bill Laswell and duo Sly & Robbie.

Since his debut, Matisyahu has received positive reviews from both rock and reggae outlets. Most recently, he was named Top Reggae Artist of 2006 by Billboard. He was recently named a spokesperson for Kenneth Cole.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Matisyahu
Product attributeLabel:   Epic Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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