Light

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Aug 25, 2009
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. He may still sport the same look, but stylistically his new music proves that he's not a one-trick pony.
  2. 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. Add in a few banjos, clarinets and a children's choir, and you've got an eclectic album that's unrepentantly over the top.
  3. Add Kahne's instantly accessible production and Light is not only a welcome surprise, but an album that matches his debut.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. GregQ
    Aug 27, 2009
    8
    More accessible than his last album, Matisyahu is still a breath of fresh air (and a great, all-audience artist) in the More accessible than his last album, Matisyahu is still a breath of fresh air (and a great, all-audience artist) in the reggae/hip-hop/dancehall realm. Full Review »
  2. Jul 27, 2015
    8
    Matisyahu, by this point, was heading in a more pop direction which is shown more clearly in his follow-up Spark Seeker. This album is aMatisyahu, by this point, was heading in a more pop direction which is shown more clearly in his follow-up Spark Seeker. This album is a fantastic display of Matisyahu's uniqueness mixed with pop energy. Each track is unique and an exploration of new sound. One Day will live on as one of Matisyahu's biggest hits for a reason, it is extremely powerful. The strange combination of rock, pop, reggae and rap works extremely well and even the strangeness of Smash Lies (the first track) is somewhat intriguing yet an acquired taste. Put simply, this album isn't for everyone but is definitely worth a listen. Full Review »
  3. Jan 19, 2012
    0
    Its just as trashy as I remember it after I listened to it a second time. I really dont know what Matisyahu was thinking. The album is soIts just as trashy as I remember it after I listened to it a second time. I really dont know what Matisyahu was thinking. The album is so mainstream and pop and nothing compared to his previous work. Full Review »