Review : MATISYAHU - Youth
liveDailyThe recent success of Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley's Grammy-winning "Welcome to Jamrock" has certainly piqued the mainstream's curiosity in reggae music. Matisyahu (music)'s "Youth" is the CD that should take that interest to the next level.
Of course, it doesn't hurt that Matisyahu provides an intriguing storyline. There aren't many--if any--other Hasidic Jews out there toasting about the joys of Judaism over hot semi-traditional reggae and dancehall grooves. But the novelty aspect of Matisyahu's shtick is growing less significant. What matters more is just how amazingly talented he is a vocalist....full text
AV ClubThere aren't a lot of Hasidic Jews taking the stage to bust out spiritual reggae anthems. But while what Matisyahu does might be unique, there's nothing shticky about it, as anyone who's picked up his electric 2005 live album Live At Stubbs can attest. A word-of-mouth sensation, Stubbs captured the former Matthew Miller—a jam-band fan turned Hasidic convert—using roots reggae, dancehall toasting, and old-school beatboxing to express his most deeply held spiritual beliefs as if they had been invented for the purpose....full text
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