Light CD (2009)

Artist: Matisyahu

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Product Overview

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


Label Epic Records
SKU 211482516
UPC 886972217024
UPC 14 00886972217024
Format CD
Release Date 8/25/2009
Author Matisyahu
Technical Info
Engineer S. McGregor; Ari Levine; Marcos Tovar; David Kahne; Eric Krasno; Jeremy Harding; John Hanes
Producer S. McGregor; Dave McCracken; David Kahne; Eric Krasno; Joel Madden; Benji Madden; Aaron Dugan; Adam Deitch
CatalogID 722170
Lable Name Epic International
Released 08/25/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886972217024
Album Notes and Credits
Lyricists: David Kahne; Barrington Levy.
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).
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; David Kahne; Serban Ghenea; John Hanes .
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.
Editors: Adam & Matt Podd; Rob Brill.
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.
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."
Artist Bio
MatisyahuKnown 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.
Disc 1
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
ReviewSource Paste Magazine
Review 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.
Reviewer Matt Fink
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Artist Matisyahu
Label Epic Records
Music Format Compact Disc
David Jeffries, All Music Guide ...Light is not only a welcome surprise, but an album that matches his debut.
Jill Menze, Billboard ...his new music proves that he's not a one-trick pony.
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