Mishka Above the Bones

Mishka Above the Bones
Much has been made of what has been called Matthew McConaughey's discovery of reggae folkster Mishka but the emphasis on McConaughey is misplaced, for it is the singer-songwriter that deserves the attention. Above the Bones erupts majestically with "Higher Heights," as Mishka's breathy vocals plead for peace and understanding overtop a crucial steppers rhythm and closes on a gentle note with the aptly named "Guy With a Guitar." Less poppy than last outing One Tree, Above the Bones balances roots-y reggae with songwriter-ish tendencies, resulting in a mature collection of songs from an artist that has found his niche. The Dylan-esque title track features the raspy voiced troubadour on a song Blue Rodeo will be jealous they didn't write and "My Love Goes With You," with its stripped bare acoustic feel, is a gorgeous and soulful love letter inna rub-a-dub stylee. Even the lilting "Peace and Love," whose bass line comes dangerously close to spring break, beach bum, Jimmy Buffet fare, manages to shine in Mishka's able hands. (J.K. Livin)