Matisyahu
Spark Seeker


3.5
great

Review

by Rastapunk USER (25 Reviews)
July 18th, 2012 | 12 replies | 2,654 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: New look, new sound. Matisyahu singing directly from his heart, blending today's music into an enjoyable hour long listen.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Most people discovered Matisyahu in 2005 when he released Live At Stubb's with the hit single King Without A Crown (Top 40 in the US). He was known to be the Jewish reggae singer who had such an impressive flow and good beatbox skills. Matisyahu has since shaved his beard and adopted a clean look showing us his inner self. He moved away from his Jewish community in Brooklyn and settled in California where he is now self releasing his music. His fourth LP titled Spark Seeker is his first with this new look and sound.

If you are expecting to hear songs similar to Youth and Light you will be disappointed, this is totally different. Blending electronic, hip hop, pop and reggae this album sounds a lot like today's mainstream hip hop only you can hear the clear difference between the two: composition. The complexity of the songs reminds us of Gorillaz's Hip Hop at times. While you might think he sold out, radio play was definitely not his intention with this album. A few songs could stand out as singles for radio, like Fire For Freedom or Live Like A Warrior but most others aren't as accessible as those two. The general sound of this album is Hip Hop mixed with electronics, influenced by Israeli music, reggae and dub. The closest you'll get to a reggae song is I Believe In Love, a slow pop reggae ballad with a dub bassline.

While most of Matisyahu's LPs featured lots of different styles (mostly Hip Hop, Reggae, Ska and Dub) Spark Seeker finds it's style and stays in it. This is actually the downside of the album, most of the songs last between four and five minutes and you can easily get bored from the pop songs. There are a few songs that got lost in the “Feel Good Pop Songs Land” such as Breath Easy or Live Like A Warrior. Some will enjoy those songs but most old time Matisyahu fans won't.

Althought this album is definitely popier than anything Matisyahu has released, it is still enjoyable on a lot of levels. Some songs are better than other but overall this a great album. The blend of electronic and Hip Hop is actually well executed, which could make Flo Rida or other radio big hits blush. Many people will say that he lost his identity when he shaved his beard but like he said himself: “Just as when I was 18 and I shaved my dreadlocks to let go of my identity, I felt as if I was returning to a time prior to religion or rules or right and wrong.“ Matisyahu showed his inner self, his true heart.

Songs to check out are:
Crossroads, Buffalo Soldier (which is not a Bob Marley cover), Searching

Album streams here:
http://www.earmilk.com/2012/07/17/matisyahu-spark-seeker-album-stream/



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bowlofsoup
July 18th 2012



1073 Comments


This is not the best time to post a review

Rastapunk
July 18th 2012



661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm why?

bowlofsoup
July 18th 2012



1073 Comments


Birthrite482 is spamming all the ones on the front page. It has nothing to do with your review, if
that's what you thought.
^Yup


Rastapunk
July 18th 2012



661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh ok!!

bowlofsoup
July 18th 2012



1073 Comments


My warning was obviously not fast enough

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2012



9468 Comments


Not a bad review, but you should definitely try and focus more on specific elements of the album instead of the genres it contains. You do an acceptable job explaining what somebody can expect from the album as a whole. I'm wondering about this album, like for instance: Is there anything that sets it apart from other recent releases in its genre? You could answer questions like this in your review and make it much stronger.

There are some kinda careless typos and grammatical things that I found.

"Live At Subb's"

"Matisyahu has since shaved his bear"

overall this a great album.

"Many people will say that he lost his identity when he shaved his bear" o_O



"The complexity of the songs reminds us of Gorillaz's Hip Hop at times. "

This sentence just doesn't make a whole lot of sense in context of your review, despite how much I love Gorillaz.

And for the record, I will never view bears the same way.

Digging: Koan Sound - Dynasty

Rastapunk
July 18th 2012



661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

His bear was his religion, his identity.

And for the Gorillaz part I meant that it was as complex and sounded like Gorillaz.

I appreciate your comment!

I'll correct those typos right away

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2012



9468 Comments


I understand what you mean about it, but it's spelled beard. With a d on the end...

Rastapunk
July 18th 2012



661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I finally understood what you meant :D, I need to get some rest :D

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2012



9468 Comments


Haha, will do dude.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2012



4337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, mate. I just realized you uploaded the same review (with the same rating). But it seems we went on different directions. Good review, You've got my POS!

aaronrkc
July 19th 2012



93 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Only a couple reggae-reminiscent songs. Way overproduced. I can like pop music if it's made well but there's just way too much going on.

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