Jewish-reggae superstar Matisyahu will share an up-close and personal side of himself during his unplugged show at The Grand on Wednesday, as part of his winter tour, which will feature guest performer Levi Robin.
On his new album "Spark Seeker," released in 2012, listeners find Matisyahu exploring uncharted territory. In the hard-hitting track "Warrior," Matisyahu describes feelings of frustration and desperation, while the pop single "Sunshine" offers what might be the most uplifting groove in his catalog. "Searchin'" pairs a gritty digital-dancehall beat with chanted lyrics and "I Believe in Love" exemplifies the record's deep melodic streak.
The album has a depth to it as well as a lightness, which alludes to the most essential theme of the record: that everything in life, especially music, exists in mixtures and blends.
Unique for clustering elements of reggae, rap, pop and literature from the Torah into his music, Matisyahu has established a reputation for following his muse — from the stripped-down roots reggae of his gold-certified project "Live at Stubb's" in 2005, to the trippy ministrations of "Youth" in 2006, to his eclectic album "Light" in 2009. In 2010, he returned to the Texas venue and delivered "Live at Stubb's II", demonstrating that all of his travels had somehow strengthened him.
The release of a well-constructed project like "Spark Seeker" only confirms that Matisyahu's future remains a bright one, so much so that he might need sunscreen.