The self-proclaimed Hasidic Reggae Superstar got his big media break on Jimmy Kimmel live a couple years back. Many people caught his more recent performance on the show last month and have acknowledged it as AWFUL. But some of us have been saying that for some time. Many people I’ve talked to who’s seen him live have been disappointed and its no surprise.
Matis continues to display most of the issues he’s faced from his critics from the outset; serious pitch problems, less than solid vocal performance and a lack of stage presence.
In this instance, a boring cover of a song with which he brought nothing new. He sang the Police song “Message in a Bottle” as though he were a college cover band. There was nothing interesting about it, though his band is solid. It was visually a lackluster performance with zero intensity or showmanship, and the song itself was really not was served.
Everyone is so floored by the idea of Matisyahu and so badly wants him to be their musical Moshiach that they overlook how craptastic he usually is in delivery and that he’s really the Music Indstry Shill Machine’s Shabbatai Tzvi. I’ve long felt he was an overblown novelty act, a media sensation with mediocre beatbox skills. But now I don’t feel so lonely. Mobius has taken to trashing Matisyahu with abandon and the Anarchist Rabbi has been at it front the outset. Now, online musical tastemaker Pitchfork has thrashed his new album with a 4.1 of 10 rating.
Matisyahu’s moment, his 15 minutes, are nearly over. Baruch HaShem.