Everyone Deserves Music - Michael Franti & Spearhead
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  • Summary: The fourth collaboration between Michael Franti and Spearhead mixes the politically-inclined raps of Franti with the disco/funk rhythms of a live band.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
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  1. Franti and Spearhead almost made a deliberate attempt to stray from the typical hip-hop beats and go for something a bit more organic and acoustic than their previous efforts -- and the experiments more than pay off.
  2. 80
    Musically and vocally, this is Franti's most confident and varied work to date. [Jul 2003, p.106]
  3. Always undervalued as a songwriter, Franti reassembles his familiar building blocks of rock, reggae, and vintage R&B into the funkiest, most inviting neighborhoods he's yet created.
  4. A joyous celebration of life that pulverizes bullets with positive vibes.
  5. An intelligent, well-crafted and catchy mix of funk, rap, soul and right-on sloganeering. [Jul 2003, p.104]
  6. Musically, it's as diverse as anything the band has ever done, smoothly vacillating between forceful beats and heady grooves.
  7. 40
    "Never Too Late" sounds like an unhappy mix of Randy Newman and Arrested Development, and sometimes Franti sounds like a clap-happy Seal. [Jul 2003, p.130]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. JohnA
    Sep 10, 2003
    This is a great album! Thought provoking and healing. It challenges the status quo. Plus it doesn't get any airtime on commercial radio in the genre of hiphop; so it is making too much of a political statement. Expand
  2. AlexanderC.
    Sep 13, 2003
    Even better than his last album, Everyone Deserves Music keeps the fire and energy of his last album, Stay Human, but fuses it with the soul of Billie Holiday and Stevie Wonder and the spirit of Bob Marley and Dave Matthews. What he produces is something that goes far beyond what we think of as hip-hop and onto another plane of musical existence. It's almost impossible to be disappointed by this album, because no matter what kind of music is your personal groove there'll be several songs that you'll love. Michael Franti's latest gem is funky, powerful, profound, sensitive and full of love of life. It's a must have! Expand
  3. MaryJ
    Oct 29, 2003
    very very interesting
  4. anepiphany
    Jan 22, 2004
    lush and lovely and meaningful
  5. TobyB
    Sep 10, 2003
    Maby not as magical as the last cd bt definetley sending out the same message. THIS IS OUR WORLD, NOT OUR COUNTRY. Songs like BOMB THE WORLD and CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY really life the spirits and show new meaning to why peace should be the one note that we see on our music. The Album, artists and the pure passion is unleashed in the music. Expand
  6. DaveR
    Sep 1, 2004
    being one of my favorite artists, I could'nt wait for the follow up to the truly inspiring "stay human". although there's still nobody that comes close to Franti in combining music, lyrics and awareness (and if there is - please let me know), I thought this album sometimes crossed the delicate line between good-natured-yet-aware and emotional-sentimental-mushy. still, MF is a real MF. Expand
  7. Jon
    Oct 11, 2003
    I want my money back

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