S. McGregor; Ari Levine; Marcos Tovar; David Kahne; Eric Krasno; Jeremy Harding; John Hanes
S. McGregor; Dave McCracken; David Kahne; Eric Krasno; Joel Madden; Benji Madden; Aaron Dugan; Adam Deitch
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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.
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."
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.
We Will Walk
So Hi So Lo
I Will Be Light
Darkness Into Light
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.
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.