The Sound of Sunshine

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With a chorus that's bubbly, a hook that's infectious, and a title that's "Hey Hey Hey," the key track on Michael Franti's 2010 effort is wide open for ridicule, but on the cut, the man who once seemed like Gil Scott-Heron for the techno generation makes an excellent argument for happiness. "Hey, hey, hey/No matter how life is today/There's just one thing that I got to say/I won't let another moment slip away" it goes, and while that's coming from a man who just had his first hit -- and in the U.S., his first beer commercial -- with 2009's "Say Hey I Love You," it is also coming from a man who ended up facing his own mortality when his appendix ruptured around the same ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With a chorus that's bubbly, a hook that's infectious, and a title that's "Hey Hey Hey," the key track on Michael Franti's 2010 effort is wide open for ridicule, but on the cut, the man who once seemed like Gil Scott-Heron for the techno generation makes an excellent argument for happiness. "Hey, hey, hey/No matter how life is today/There's just one thing that I got to say/I won't let another moment slip away" it goes, and while that's coming from a man who just had his first hit -- and in the U.S., his first beer commercial -- with 2009's "Say Hey I Love You," it is also coming from a man who ended up facing his own mortality when his appendix ruptured around the same time. The Sound of Sunshine is the "seize the day" result to a reggae-pop, jam band beat, filled with bliss and gratitude plus a bit of swagger and some pointed political moments that remind you this isn't Jack Johnson or John Mayer. That dynamic duo certainly couldn't trade lines with dancehall diva Lady Saw as well as Franti does either, and the great "Shake It" winds up "Say Hey"'s worthy successor, perfect for adding some solid songwriting to your next pool party. "Only Thing Missing Was You" and "Headphones" both fit the bill for when the sun sets and good friends gather round the beach bonfire, and you couldn't ask for a better closer than "The Sound of Sunshine Going Down," which executes its heartwarming day exit strategy flawlessly, from its mood to its title. To say the record isn't "challenging" is an understatement, especially when looking at his early work, but it's easy to overlook how skillfully the man crafts positive music that's sunshine, and yet not sugary. Don't let the wide smiles or welcoming music steer you away, because there's as much meaning and heart here as there is anywhere in Franti's discography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099964635224
  • Catalog Number: 46352
  • Sales rank: 23,666

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Franti & Spearhead Primary Artist
Spearhead Primary Artist
Michael Franti Bass, Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Dean Fraser Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
José Neto Guitar
Dwight Richards Trumpet
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson Trombone
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Carl Young Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Lady Saw Vocals
Dave Shul Guitar, Background Vocals
Robbie Lyn Keyboards
Courtney John Background Vocals
Randy Miller Conductor
J. Bowman Guitar, Keyboards
Raleigh Neal Keyboards, Background Vocals
Manas Itene Drums, Background Vocals
Jolene Rust Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Sly Dunbar drum machine, Additional Production
Michael Franti Composer, Producer
Robbie Shakespeare Additional Production
Collin "Bulbie" York Engineer
Carl Young Composer
Lili Picou Art Direction
Delroy "Fatta" Pottinger Engineer
Marion Hall Composer
Cherine Anderson Composer
Jason Bowman Composer
Randy Miller String Arrangements
J. Bowman Engineer, Additional Production
James Minchin Iii Cover Photo
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Courtney Morrison Composer
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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    If you could give 10 stars,it wouldn't be enough. If they're in

    If you could give 10 stars,it wouldn't be enough. If they're in your town,go see the concert. Lots of energy(dance,dance,dance) w/the exact mix of mellow. Stick around after the show,head for the stage,line up for your hug!!! Best album from Mr Franti & Spearhead yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2011

    Recommended

    Just saw him and Spearhead as opening act for Santana; and their act was awesome, lively, made you get up and move (hey, hey, hey). The music may not appeal to all; I had my doubts, but not anymore. Don Santana said, ellos son el futuro, they truly are the future. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2010

    Highly Recommended-you must have!

    I throughly enjoyed every song on this CD. Michael Franti's music is very uplifting and inspiring.

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    Posted January 15, 2011

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