Released: Jun 2014
Label: ELM CITY (ECI)
"How can I bounce back when I feel so hurt?" asks Matisyahu deep within this solemn reckoning of faith and freedom. It's a question he's been publicly pondering since shaving off his beard a few years ago, an act that stunned many who'd thrilled to his patois-heavy Rasta/Chassidim global fusion. Akeda still offers plenty of roots reggae grooves for those fond of 2005 hit single "King Without a Crown": Try "Black Heart" or the Collie Buddz-starring "Confidence". But as suggested by titles like "Hard Way" or "Obstacles," Matisyahu's bouncing back on a serious tip.