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MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE

The Sound Of Sunshine -- the inspired and inspiring new album by Michael Franti & Spearhead -- is a kind of musical sun shower, a bright, beautiful and often buoyant song cycle created to bring all kinds of listeners a sense of hope during rough and rainy times for so many in our world.

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  • Audio CD (7 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B00005JCEE
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oh My God
2. Radio Segment
3. Stay Human (all the freaky people)
4. Radio Segment
5. Rock The Nation (The Dawning)
6. Sometimes
7. Radio Segment
8. Soulshine
9. Every Single Soul
10. Radio Segment
11. Love'll Set Me Free
12. Thank You
13. Radio Segment
14. We Don't Mind
15. Radio Segment
16. Speaking of Tongues
17. Radio Segment
18. Skin On The Drum

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There aren't many hip-hop artists out there today who give a damn about putting positive messages in their music, but Michael Franti is one of them. Stay Human tackles, among other things, the subject of capital punishment. Through a make believe community radio station, Franti tells the tale of Sister Fatima, a healer and activist who is being put to death for a crime that her community believes she didn't commit. Ever since his days with seminal group Disposable Heroes of Hip Hoprisy, Franti has infused his sounds with insightful and thought-provoking lyricism, and this latest Spearhead joint is no exception. The "live" broadcasts act as elaborate skits between Franti's insouciant soul-rap hybrids and help to "expose" the arrogant nature of America's judicial system and the brutal finality of the death sentence. Musically, Franti has created a richer, more string-laden backdrop for his tracks, creating some of his best idiosynchratic, feel-good vibes to date. But while the funkadelic edge of "Rock the Nation" and laid-back ballad style of "Do Ya Love" are worthy in their own right, Franti's real genius lies in his ability to weave opinions into compelling narratives so that we don't feel we're being battered over the head with someone else's ideas. Emotive, soulful and opinionated, Spearhead are almost singlehandedly keeping alive a tradition epitomised by Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers. Don't sleep. --Paul Sullivan

BBC Review

Since the release of Chocolate Super Highway Michael Franti has been busy. Very busy. Working both musically and in activist situations against the death penalty has provided the mainstay of Spearheads third album, Stay Human. An imaginary pirate radio broadcast concerned with the impending execution of black activist Sister Fatima provides a platform for the delivery of this meditation on social justice.

Musically, this is a return to the skilful and organic sounding first album, Home. The dirty P funk of "Rock The Nation" and the hugely warming and optimistic "Sometimes" and "Do Ya Love" make Stay Human as much a socio-political work as a hymn to the individuality of the soul. Franti is a poet, philosopher as well as a producer and this collection is his master work; he is six foot six above 'see' level and like the skin on the drum, the harder they hit him the louder he becomes. Remarkable... --Christian Hopwood

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Jackson on 11 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
How many albums have I ever bought where every single track carried itself? If you ever get to see Spearhead live, call off sick/ditch your schoolwork/call the babysitter.
Boundless energy and conviction. Intelligent, perceptive and wry lyrics. And musically, they throw you a wide range of styles, from reggae to old school, ballads to funk. It all hangs together. And it's infectious.
OK.... so this review is more faith than science.... but that's where their music hits me!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tomsk77 on 15 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is the best thing I have listened too in absolutely ages. I've been following Michael Franti since The Beatnigs and this is easily my favourite both musically and lyrically. Getting across humanity and ideas without being preachy with music that is soulful and funky without being non-descript is a major achievement. This bloke is a genius.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By byronstingly@hotmail.com on 1 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
If radical, poetic activism had a soundtrack, Michael Franti would be all over the sleeve notes. He and his band Spearhead are taking on the world, one cause at a time producing music that is based on the premise of 'getting the message to the people'. This they undeniably do. At times it may not be subtle, but at least with Franti and Spearhead you get the point immediately, as their highly literate, unrelentingly rhythmic attack delivers the message and the beat with conviction. 'Stay Human' is a conceptual diatribe against the death penalty in the USA. The songs are punctuated by radio excerpts from an imaginary pirate station which detail the plight of fictional activist, 'Sister Fatima' (read Mumia Abu-Jamal), framed for a murder she didn't commit, to the backdrop of a right-wing state governor's (eerily portrayed by Woody Harrelson) re-election bid. These are all very interesting, but it is the actual songs make most of the real impact. Musically Franti is near impossible to pigeon-hole, such is the wide variation of styles which he and his band are capable of. Strictly speaking this is hip-hop, but hip-hop that is swamped with traces of reggae, jazz, old school soul and punk. Whilst 'Listener Supported' swings to the groove of horn-laden jazz, 'Rock the Nation' is pure funk based hip-hop intermingled with clever samplings. Spearhead's talents, which enable them to effortlessly transcend genres, are more than matched by Franti's vocals, which constantly tread a line between singing and rapping, leaving you never knowing what might happen next. Having said that, there are some very clear and heavy influences here, not least that of the great Jamaican Rasta.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james russell on 7 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Five years is a good point to look back on an album that really impressed you, see how it changed other people, how it sounds in relation to other albums that have come out since, and evaluate with a gift of hindsight just how good it is. Five years on, 'stay human' still sounds fresh, and as relevant (maybe even essential) now as it did five years ago.
Musically this is not the hard hitting hip hop of Franti's early days, but don’t let this put you off. It’s soulful, funky and easy to listen to. Lyrically you can't get much harder hitting. Franti explores social issues, and questions the values of the society we live in. He exposes issues, but instead of filling us with anger and rage like most other socially aware musicians, Franti gives us an uplifting feeling of hope. Even in a mixed up and confused world like the one we live in today Franti shares with us his view of a united conscious and an ultimately peaceful future. "hatred's what got me here, love will set me free"
The original release date of this album had implications no one could have known whilst it was in the production stage. The events of late 2001 to the present day, and the resulting policies of the US government have suppressed many popular criticisms of administration policy. The result is only relatively recently have artists across genres and mediums been really able to express the confusion, fear and mixed emotions of the global community. Even though this album has no direct relevance to those events, its message of awareness, unity and values have never been more crucial. His message: cut the crap and stay human. Simple really!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By byronstingly@hotmail.com on 1 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
If radical, poetic activism had a soundtrack, Michael Franti would be all over the sleeve notes. He and his band Spearhead are taking on the world, one cause at a time producing music that is based on the premise of 'getting the message to the people'. This they undeniably do. At times it may not be subtle, but at least with Franti and Spearhead you get the point immediately, as their highly literate, unrelentingly rhythmic attack delivers the message and the beat with conviction. 'Stay Human' is a conceptual diatribe against the death penalty in the USA. The songs are punctuated by radio excerpts from an imaginary pirate station which detail the plight of fictional activist, 'Sister Fatima' (read Mumia Abu-Jamal), framed for a murder she didn't commit, to the backdrop of a right-wing state governor's (eerily portrayed by Woody Harrelson) re-election bid. These are all very interesting, but it is the actual songs make most of the real impact. Musically Franti is near impossible to pigeon-hole, such is the wide variation of styles which he and his band are capable of. Strictly speaking this is hip-hop, but hip-hop that is swamped with traces of reggae, jazz, old school soul and punk. Whilst 'Listener Supported' swings to the groove of horn-laden jazz, 'Rock the Nation' is pure funk based hip-hop intermingled with clever samplings. Spearhead's talents, which enable them to effortlessly transcend genres, are more than matched by Franti's vocals, which constantly tread a line between singing and rapping, leaving you never knowing what might happen next. Having said that, there are some very clear and heavy influences here, not least that of the great Jamaican Rasta.Read more ›
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