CD Review: Michael Franti

September 16, 2008

CD Review: Michael Franti & Spearhead
All Rebel Rockers

The new album from musician/poet Michael Franti delivers what it says it will: Rebel Rock. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica with reggae producers Sly & Robbie, All Rebel Rockers is an album for dancers and deep thinkers alike.

A mix of dub, folk, hip-hop and soul, the album features a solid team of musicians and singers to back up the rebel rocker himself. “Rude Boys Back in Town” is a classic in the making; traditional reggae instrumentation and back-up singing grinds with the dub beats and Franti’s grimy vocals. Cherine Anderson joins Franti on “A Little Bit of Riddim,” “Say Hey” and “Soundsystem,” bringing her smooth and soulful voice to the intense energy of Franti’s repeated and sometimes obvious statements like “I’m a human being, y’all.” [read more]


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