Light

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Aug 25, 2009
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13

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  1. 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 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,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 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. Expand
  2. 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 so mainstream and pop and nothing compared to his previous work.
  3. 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 reggae/hip-hop/dancehall realm.
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. Q Magazine
    60
    On his incredibly busy album, Light, there are signs of diversification too. [Jul 2010, p.140]
  2. Add Kahne's instantly accessible production and Light is not only a welcome surprise, but an album that matches his debut.
  3. On bright pleasures like the New Wave-y 'We Will Walk,' Light comes close to becoming an attention-holding pop album. But it's dragged into earnest tedium by good-natured platitudes hippie-soul moments like 'Thunder,' on which Matisyeezy sounds like a self-serious indie rapper with a major vegan bent.