I'm usually hesitant to review albums the first day I hear them, but I'll make an exception here. This is mostly due to the fact it takes awhile to truly absorb new albums, especially from artists like this one. Having already heard Reservoir, Watch the Walls Melt Down, Confidence, Broken Car, and Hard Way, I'm going to say that this album is definitely worth buying after hearing the rest of the tracks today. It is a totally original album, completely new styles, with a couple of songs that mesh with the old style. A lot of really catchy songs, a lot of really awesome songs. It's hard to truly put into words what this album means to me already. As one of my favorite artists, he truly has reinvented himself again, with great diversity of sound.
So far, my favorite tracks are: Reservoir: A great opening track that has so much soul and has a great sound to it.
Watch the Walls Melt Down: A very powerful rock/rap song that is very upbeat and full of personality.
Champion: A very uplifting song about being a champion...very good.
Black Heart: Very catchy tune, with a hook that has something like, "Blaze through the night, blaze through the night..."
Confidence: Possibly my favorite song on the album so far. Such a great song about confidence and has such a sweet beat.
Vow of Silence: Very cool rap and singing song where he goes on about biblical things with great rhymes.
Obstacles: Another great uplifting song about getting through obstacles and how they make you stronger. Great chorus and verses.
Hard Way: I heard this song a few days ago, and found it started out a little slow, but it truly picks up about one-third of the way through with a very high-energy chorus, and sounds great.
Star on the Rise: More rap here, with the chorus being sung. Truly a great song, with more upbeat and uplifting lyrics.
Sick for So Long: A very long, great sounding song, with some Hebrew mixed in, but with a great chorus, and a great feel to it.
Akeda: A very touching song about Abraham and his son, possibly about when he was told to sacrifice him. I'm not too familiar with the Bible, but I'm assuming that's what Akeda means. Slow, but very emotional and soulful.
It may take me a few more listens to truly capture the entire essence of this album, but so far, the album is really good throughout. There aren't really any duds, except for maybe Broken Car, but it's not a bad song, just not my kind of song. Surrender is a little slow, but it has a good message and is very listenable. Matisyahu continues to reinvent himself on every album since Shake Off the Dust...Arise. Highly recommended to any Matisyahu fan who likes to see artist evolve and change instead of putting out album after album of carbon copies of their previous album, albeit with different lyrics. Matis is king when it comes to creating wholly original and life-affirming music. Keep the music coming, Matisyahu. You are one of the best out there. I just wish you had a bigger following.