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Albums: July 20, 2012

Reviews of the latest releases from Matisyahu and Stevie Jackson

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Matisyahu, Spark Seeker

Apparently the soul of Matisyahu’s sound didn’t reside in his recently shorn beard. The now less-Orthodox MC’s fourth LP keeps the lamps lit with the same breezy mix of rocksteady dub and Up With People positivity. B+Kyle Anderson

Stevie Jackson, (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson

The moonlighting Belle & Sebastian guitarist is responsible for a lot of B&S’ poppier impulses, and here his jangly, ’60s-style ditties are allowed to run free through the village green — even as the record’s winking whimsy doesn’t always do him justice. B+Ray Rahman