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five years on and Franti is still fresh,
This review is from: Stay Human (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!