Light - Matisyahu
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  • Summary: The third album for the New York-based reggae artist was produced by David Kahne.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. Add Kahne's instantly accessible production and Light is not only a welcome surprise, but an album that matches his debut.
  3. He may still sport the same look, but stylistically his new music proves that he's not a one-trick pony.
  4. While working his broad sonic palette with ingenuity and verve, he sacrifices the opportunity to develop a sound that is truly his own. Light ends up with exciting moments, but few memorable songs.
  5. 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.
  6. For someone who has a lot to say and is such a unique figure in music, it's a disappointment that Light isn't as captivating as it should be.
  7. 20
    Light is a dog's breakfast of weedy vocals, preachy platitudes and banal melodies that makes Sting sound like The Last Poets. [Jul 2010, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. GregQ
    Aug 27, 2009
    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. Collapse
  2. Jan 19, 2012
    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. Expand