Matisyahu would later say, when asked at Jewlicious Festival, that before he wrote that song things were not going as planned. He was praying, talking to God, and hoping that God could turn things around.
Apparently God was listening.
In the time since the first Stubb’s album, Matisyahu has sprouted his wings and built a musical ecosystem way beyond anything that we could have imagined. Matisyahu has toured the world multiple times, been nominated for a grammy and has two Gold Records under his belt. So Matisyahu decided returned to Stubb’s, the place where his musical footprint was first established, and recorded a new live album.
I have the privilege to closely follow Matisyahu, going to his shows all over the country, and experiencing his musical growth and journey. Even with a front-row seat, I could not have predicted how extraordinary this album would be.
Stubbs II is no greatest hits album. It’s not a nostalgia or revival album. Stubbs II is a shot across the bow of cookie-cutter corporate sameness and predictable genre-locked tonality. It’s a revolutionary album. Its aerobic, agile, free flowing across the sky of sound and expressions. Live At Stubb’s 2 is the most compelling album of his career.
But you cannot listen to Stubbs II once on little iPod headphones or, God forbid, laptop speaker system. (May my neighbors forgive me.) To fully appreciate Stubb’s II you need massive sound, three or more listenings, and an open mind. If you can line that up, your musical world will be totally grateful.
Gone are the soft reggae lines, the linear, the expected. Matisyahu’s sound is more intense, holistic, and full of twists, turns, and flips. Just try to catch your breath. Matisyahu has refused to be compartmentalized, boxed in, he is constantly in creative mode, reinventing his music
I’m not a music critic, and not a music critics son. But I run music festivals, and have worked with hundreds of artists from all over the world. Do yourself a favor: pickup or download his latest album, and catch him on tour this summer.
Matisyahu has refused to be compartmentalized, boxed in, he is constantly,
Matisyahu will be doing a massive tour this summer, starting next month in Alabama at Hang Out Festival. In addition to purchasing Stubbs 2, hopefully you will have a chance to catch this incredible performer soon.