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  • Summary: The artist's latest album with the band Spearhead continues his melding of hip-hop, reggae, and rock music.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. On The Sound of Sunshine, "I'll Be Waiting" reaches for U2 grandeur, but Michael Franti is best as an amiable neo-Marley busker, asking for change, love, and maybe one more shot at crossover gold.
  2. This is an album that's best enjoyed with a sweating Red Stripe, at least 95% humidity and an abandonment of cares.
  3. From dancefloor tracks such as "Shake It" to a lover's rock vibe on "Only Thing Missing Was You", Franti has made an eclectic, conscious album
  4. most poppy album yet is full of reggae hybrids and his best stab at arena rock.
  5. The unrelenting earnestness of the album may appeal to some listeners and repel others, but in either case Franti has achieved his goal of capturing the "sound of sunshine"--and it seems like he's having too good a time to care what anyone thinks, anyway.
  6. Summer's gone, but the buoyant vibe to The Sound of Sunshine extends year-round.
  7. Jun 3, 2011
    20
    Anyone seeking the funky militancy of The Beatnigs or The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy may be baffled. [Jul 2011, p.82]

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