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Spark Seeker (2012)

Artist: Matisyahu
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Format: CD
Sku: 234477352
UPC: 794504073935
UPC 14: 00794504073935
Release Date: 7/17/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Crossroads - (featuring J. Ralph) ~ Matisyahu
2. Sunshine ~ Matisyahu
3. Searchin ~ Matisyahu
4. Buffalo Soldier ~ Matisyahu
5. Fire of Freedom ~ Matisyahu
6. Bal Shem Tov ~ Matisyahu
7. I Believe in Love ~ Matisyahu
8. Breathe Easy ~ Matisyahu
9. Summer Wind ~ Matisyahu
10. Live Like a Warrior ~ Matisyahu
11. Tel Aviv'n ~ Matisyahu
12. King Crown of Judah - (featuring Shyne) ~ Matisyahu
13. Shine on You ~ Matisyahu

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: Blind Lemon Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Judaean Desert; Kicha Studios, Tel Aviv, Israel; Mound Sound, Los Angeles, CA; Twee-Piemelige Hond, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Muze PNote Photographer: Mark Squires.
Muze PNote Late in 2011, Matisyahu posted a picture to the web, clean-shaven and looking sharp with the caption "No more Chassidic reggae superstar. Sorry folks, all you get is alias." Produced by Kool Kojak, who had previously worked with glossy, glossy, glossy acts like Kesha and Nicki Minaj, Spark Seeker is the musical version of that picture, with no "Sorry folks" required. Comfortably rock along with lead single "Sunshine" and the supportive figure could be God, the significant other, or any friend, but most importantly, Matisyahu's evolution to somewhat secular, positive pop-reggae star feels entirely natural, as if playing on that jam band circuit rubbed off quite well, leaving Iration-type vibes and the desire to speak to wider audience. There's still that spiritual anchor with a kabbalistic reference in the title and especially on tracks like "Bal Shem Tov", "King Crown of Judah", and "Tel Aviv'n", plus the Babylon system and the world of materialism are both obvious enemies throughout, although not the laptop as this non-Marley song called "Buffalo Soldier" bubbles and burps in a wild, synthetic style. The satisfying reggae-rocker "I Believe in Love" sounds like a Coldplay remix of Matisyahu's old catalog, while the feel good, "love everything with all of my might" closer "Shine on You" is all the best bits of Wyclef, K'naan, and spun together. The good news is, Matisyahu sounds not only comfortable in these surroundings, but either at home or genuinely excited to be tackling something new, and without selling his soul. This enthusiasm makes it easy to ignore the handful of cheesy ideas and dated sounds that dot the album, and while both the sternly Chassidic and sternly roots reggae factions of his fanbase might find it disappointing, Spark Seeker holds plenty of life and appeal. ~ David Jeffries

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Josh Ralph
Muze Guest Artist J. Ralph
Muze Guest Artist Shyne
Muze Guest Artist Ravid Kahalani

Compilation Appearances

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 So Called Seder:hip Hop Haggad

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/17/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : FS 42315-2
Music Label Name Label : Fallen Sparks Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00794504073935

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (p.72)
- "[A] breezy mix of rocksteady dub and Up With People positivity." -- Grade: B

Billboard (p.52)
- "Filled with sonic surprises and fresh directions -- but retaining the positivity, spirituality and strive for self-realization have always been the reggae-rapper's mix -- the 13-track set ushers in a new era..."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Matisyahu
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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