by MatisyahuMatisyahu


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Matisyahu might have the market cornered on his particular niche of expression, that of reggae-tinged high-polish hip-hop beats with lyrical inspiration stemming from his roots in Hasidic Judaism and its traditions. While themes of belief, retribution, and religious tropes come through from time to time on fifth album Akeda, spirituality takes somewhat of a back seat to Matisyahu's huge beats and reggae-pop basslines, though each song comes across in a wash of positive sentiments and philosophical musing. The album runs back and forth between tunes steeped in traditional reggae influence such as "Black Heart" and the Collie Buddz guest-spotted "Confidence" and more pop-minded tunes like the brilliant horns of "Watch the Walls Melt Down" and the Coldplay-meets-Bruno Mars croon of "Ayeka (Teach Me to Love)." Matisyahu may be the only "Hasidic reggae superstar" (a distinction he makes in reference to himself on more than one of Akeda's tunes), but over the album's hour-plus running time he delivers such solidly catchy and meticulously produced pop music that much of its lyrical content and any deeper message get lost in the head-bobbing beats and pleasantly dubby basslines.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2014
Label: Elm City Music
UPC: 0786626308927
catalogNumber: 630892
Rank: 61650

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matisyahu   Primary Artist,Vocals
David Holmes   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Zion I   Vocals
Joe Tomino   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums
Jeff Pierce   Trombone,Trumpet
Rob Marscher   Synthesizer,Piano
Mark Guiliana   Drums
Jordan McLean   Trumpet
Sasha Dobson   Background Vocals
Aaron Dugan   Guitar
Collie Buddz   Vocals
Bryan Gibson   Background Vocals
Zumbi   Vocals
Stu Brooks   Bass
Dave Smoota Smith   Trombone
Stewart Brooks   Organ,Dulcimer,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Waterphone
Janice Cruz Brooks   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Don Carter   Artwork
David Holmes   Composer,drum programming,Additional Production
Colin Harper   Composer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Joe Tomino   Composer,Engineer,drum programming
Rob Marscher   Composer
Mark Guiliana   Composer
Matisyahu   Composer
Stephen Gaines   Composer
Aaron Dugan   Composer
Steve Shebby   Composer,Producer
Matthew Miller   Composer
Stu Brooks   Producer,Engineer
Joel Hamilton   Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Francisco Botero   Engineer
Stewart Brooks   Composer,drum programming
Jimmy Ovadia   Artwork
Janice Cruz Brooks   Vocal Producer

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