Matisyahu's rapid dancehall toasting and Yiddish-inflected wails flow breezily along with their spiritual contents. On last year's Shake Off the Dust . . . Arise, it all feels like native ground, which is a real achievement for a guy who discovered both reggae and Judaism well after his formative years. His lyrics are made of prayers and exaltations rather than stories or politics, which could explain why they have yet to communicate the kind of universal power of Bob Marley's Rastafarianism or Van Morrison's Christianity. Then again, Matisyahu is all of 26.
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