Back in 2006 with the release of his Youth album the world discovered the sound of Matisyahu a Hasidic Jewish musician living in New York writing and singing his own reggae songs about his religious devotion.
This week sees the release of the latest album from Matisyahu, Light,his first full length for three years. Featuring the excellent single One Day, already a wonderful reggae anthem, the album takes the listener on a journey through a variety of musical genres from reggae to dancehall, ska-inflected new wave, pop rock and acoustic folk.
While One Day is a stand out radio sensitive track, it also fits nicely into this powerful collection of songs. A deep and meaningful songwriter, Matisyahu is also a master of writing catchy melodies and infectious beats selling his heavier messages in lighter very acceptable bite size pieces.
The album content is about as diverse as it is possible to get from ballad to ballsy rock, R&B, pop and everything in between including of course some top reggae and ska-inflected tracks.
R&B star Akon is featured on the bonus remixed version of One Day, the final track on what is a remarkable album of strong songs, intricately produced with a message of peace, hope & understanding in a style that could only be Matisyahu.
Matisyahu – One Day