Hero [Japan]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andree Farias
Kirk Franklin's seventh album, Hero, is special in more ways than one. The disc is his second as the sole titular artist -- no Family, God's Property, or budding protégé to introduce to the world -- and his first-ever all-out studio album, a prospect that gives him more leverage to try new things and push the envelope in ways that doing a live recording wouldn't let him. Franklin is unique in that he's more a master of ceremonies and choir leader than anything else, which means Hero's ambitious, often intricate compositions are meant for others to sing and make their own. In this case, the guest list is an endless parade of gospel luminaries new and established, including...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andree Farias
Kirk Franklin's seventh album, Hero, is special in more ways than one. The disc is his second as the sole titular artist -- no Family, God's Property, or budding protégé to introduce to the world -- and his first-ever all-out studio album, a prospect that gives him more leverage to try new things and push the envelope in ways that doing a live recording wouldn't let him. Franklin is unique in that he's more a master of ceremonies and choir leader than anything else, which means Hero's ambitious, often intricate compositions are meant for others to sing and make their own. In this case, the guest list is an endless parade of gospel luminaries new and established, including Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Marvin Winans, J. Moss, Tye Tribbett, and Franklin's own terrific backup vocalists. Not surprisingly, these collaborations represent Hero's churchier side, which can range from explosive "Could've Been" and dramatic "Hero" one moment to demure and understated the next "Afterwhile," "Brokenhearted". Stylistically, though, Franklin is at his best when he ventures outside of gospel into realms his peers rarely visit, like disco-pop "Looking for You", classic R&B "Keep Your Head", '80s pop
ock "Let It Go", and soul "Why," featuring none other than Stevie Wonder. It's these out of the box experiments with their winsome throwback samples, horns, thumping beats, and those versatile backup vocalists that reveal the why of Franklin's superstar status in gospel: he's not just an artist, but a multifaceted entertainer, producer, songwriter, and arranger -- a tireless renaissance man who has rightfully earned his place as the best-selling artist in the history of the genre he loves. [This edition of Hero was released in Japan.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2006
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017641675
  • Catalog Number: 38018/9

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro
  2. 2 Looking for You
  3. 3 Hero with Dorinda Clark-Cole
  4. 4 Interlude
  5. 5 Let It Go
  6. 6 Process
  7. 7 Imagine Me
  8. 8 Could've Been with J Moss & Tye Tribbett
  9. 9 Better
  10. 10 Afterwhile with Yolanda Adams
  11. 11 Brokenhearted with Marvi L. Winans
  12. 12 Without You
  13. 13 Keep Your Head
  14. 14 Why with Stevie Wonder
  15. 15 First Love
  16. 16 Appeal
  17. 17 Brokenhearted (Reprise)
  18. 18 Interlude
  19. 19 Sunshine
  20. 20 Outro
  21. 21 Stomp
  22. 22 Revolution
  23. 23 Brighter Day
  24. 24 Lean on Me/The Gospellers with Kirk Franklin Looking for You [Music Vid
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kirk Franklin Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Mini Moog
Elizabeth Wilson Violin
Terry Baker Drums
Robert Brosseau Violin
Assa Drori Violin
Jeff Driskill Alto Clarinet
Sheila E. Percussion
Phil Feather Bass Clarinet, Oboe
Clare Fischer Conductor
Brent Fischer Violin, Conductor, Cymbals, Timpani
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Katie Kirkpatrick Harp
Earl Madison Cello
Miguel Martinez Cello
Jorge Moraga Viola
Irma Neumann Violin
Kazi Pitelka Viola
Karie Prescott Viola
Don Smith Cello
Sheridon Stokes Flute
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Ryan Toby Percussion
Shari Zippert Violin
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Renita Koven Viola
Jason Champion Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Todd Parsnow Guitar
Matt Butler Cello
Andre Harris Percussion, Multi Instruments
Myron Butler Vocals
Nikki Ross Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Shaun Martin Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Mini Moog
Brian Benning Violin
Humberto Ruiz Trombone
Vidal Davis Percussion, Multi Instruments
Jana Bell Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Ashley Guilbert Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Daphanie Wright Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Jamie Hovorka Trumpet
Jason Boyd Percussion
Paulie Cerra Saxophone
Sally Berman Violin
Anthony Lavon Evans Vocals
Erica Davis Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Jason Bell Guitar
Technical Credits
Assa Drori Principal
Clare Fischer Orchestral Arrangements
Brent Fischer Orchestral Arrangements
Kirk Franklin Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming
Herb Powers Mastering
Chris Godbey Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Andre Harris Producer
Shaun Martin Programming, Producer, drum programming, Additional Music
Max Siegel Executive Producer
Vidal Davis Producer
Courtney Walter Art Direction
Jessie Hurst Executive Producer
Carla Williams Executive Producer
Bill Airey Smith Engineer
Ernie Green Additional Music
Mike Tsarfati Engineer
Eric Hartman Engineer
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