Spark Seeker

Spark Seeker

by Matisyahu


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Late in 2011, Matisyahu posted a picture to the web, clean-shaven and looking sharp with the caption "No more Chassidic reggae superstar. Sorry folks, all you get is alias." Produced by Kool Kojak, who had previously worked with glossy, glossy, glossy acts like Kesha and Nicki Minaj, Spark Seeker is the musical version of that picture, with no "Sorry folks" required. Comfortably rock along with lead single "Sunshine" and the supportive figure could be God, the significant other, or any friend, but most importantly, Matisyahu's evolution to somewhat secular, positive pop-reggae star feels entirely natural, as if playing on that jam band circuit rubbed off quite well, leaving Iration-type vibes and the desire to speak to wider audience. There's still that spiritual anchor with a kabbalistic reference in the title and especially on tracks like "Bal Shem Tov," "King Crown of Judah," and "Tel Aviv'n," plus the Babylon system and the world of materialism are both obvious enemies throughout, although not the laptop as this non-Marley song called "Buffalo Soldier" bubbles and burps in a wild, synthetic style. The satisfying reggae-rocker "I Believe in Love" sounds like a Coldplay remix of Matisyahu's old catalog, while the feel good, "love everything with all of my might" closer "Shine on You" is all the best bits of Wyclef, K'naan, and spun together. The good news is, Matisyahu sounds not only comfortable in these surroundings, but either at home or genuinely excited to be tackling something new, and without selling his soul. This enthusiasm makes it easy to ignore the handful of cheesy ideas and dated sounds that dot the album, and while both the sternly Chassidic and sternly roots reggae factions of his fanbase might find it disappointing, Spark Seeker holds plenty of life and appeal.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2012
Label: Fallen Sparks Rec.
UPC: 0794504073935
catalogNumber: 42315
Rank: 74200

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matisyahu   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Vocoder,Beatbox
Zohar Fresco   Percussion,Frame Drum
Ori Kaplan   Baritone Saxophone
Destani Wolf   Background Vocals
George Hamad   Violin
Koool Kojak   Synthesizer,Conga,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Sampling,Korg,Vocoder,fender rhodes,Siren,Casio,Roland Synthesizer
Daniel Zamir   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Noa Neve   Vocals
Levyatan   Vocals
Shalom Miller   Vocals
Ravid Kahalani   Vocals
Rabbi Hagay Batzri   Vocals,Background Vocals
Katie Mitzell   Vocals
Robo Rabbi   Vocals
Laivy Miller   Vocals
Elad Gabai   Oud
Ahmed Abdeighani   Ney
Adrien Brody   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Uri Barak   Engineer
Jack Knight   Composer
Jungle George   Composer,Engineer
Dave Katz   Composer
Kori Withers   Composer
Josh Ralph   Composer
Koool Kojak   Producer,Engineer,drum machine,drum programming,beats,Tape Echo,Additional Music
Jared Faber   Engineer
Matthew Miller   Composer
DP Holmes   Composer
Ravid Kahalani   Composer
Mary Margaret Chambliss   Cover Photo
Vincent Stein   Composer
Stephen P. Grigg   Engineer
Naor Karmi   Additional Music
Marko Gorkan   Engineer
Konstantin Scherer   Composer
Allan P. Grigg   Composer
Adrien Brody   Producer,drum programming

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