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Hero is the first release on the gospel star's new Fo Yo Soul Entertainment label (in association with Zomba Label Group). The album is said to reflect Franklin's growth and progression from his groundbreaking single 'Stomp', to his current roles as husband, father, businessman, and youth pastor. Guest on the CD include Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Ty Tribbett, Dorinda Clark-Cole, tobyMac, and P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval. 2005.

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If you know anything about Kirk Franklin, you'll know he's not one to sit still. With an emphasis on his early career classic Gospel leanings, Franklin rang the bell with his magnificent Rebirth of Kirk Franklin (2002), a release widely awarded and one that helped make him the best-selling gospel artist of all time. But Franklin has once again shifted his musical landscape. Hero is a lengthy and revealing masterpiece unparalleled in Christian music. The Dallas native has crafted his own musical tapestry masterfully combining elements of 70s era soul, classic Gospel, and contemporary urban hip-hop. Hero is full of admissions of struggle and challenges but Franklin always weaves a message of hope and encouragement to take the focus off the negative. You want in-your-face confession? Try not to be moved while listening to Franklin laying sins down on the table like cards in "Let It Go" or Franklin teaming with Marvin Winans in the soul-shaking, roof-raising "Brokenhearted." The title track – featuring Dorinda Clark-Cole – along with "Imagine Me" are classic examples of how Franklin balances the hard realities of real life against the hard faith about which he so readily sings.

One is hard pressed to not remember the Love Unlimited Orchestra when hearing "Looking for You" and the 70s references are reinforced with Stevie Wonder's guest appearance on "Why." The latter track is classic Franklin as he challenges every Christian to stop worrying about building churches and start building people. It also includes a delightful harmonica touch at the end from the great Stevie Wonder. At 20 songs and more than an hour, Hero might seem overwhelming. But there is rarely a dull moment here and you'll be better for the time well spent. --Michael Lyttle


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Content/Copy-Protected CD
  • Label: Gospocentric
  • ASIN: B000AOJ9XA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mobettah on October 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Lavish production and superb writing are displayed on this new project, unlike anything I've heard from Kirk in the past, and he has a pretty impressive discography. Most of the 20 tracks on this cd feature a full orchestra, I'm talking cellos, violins, harps, horns etc. The first track, "Looking For You" is something both the youth and adults can enjoy with the "Haven't you heard" sample from Patrice Rushen is both old-school and fresh. The title track "Hero" is a beautiful ballad, inspirational vocals and a appearance by Dorinda-Clarke-Cole really set the tone. There are some movers and shakers, "let it go" is moving featuring the "tears for fears" sample "Shout", and the shaker is the highly energized "Could've been me" with Tye Tribett & J Moss, it makes you wanna clap & stomp! Other stand-outs include "Better" produced by Andre Harris and Vidal Davis, "Without You" the melodic "Keep Your Head" the extraordinary "WHY" with Stevie Wonder which I keep on repeat and the incredible "Sunshine" which sounds like it features Alvin & the chipmunks on the chorus. This is certainly one of Kirk's best production's thus far, I haven't stopped playing this uplifting cd since I purchased it. One interlude even features the sinner's prayer and although we live in a world of wars and devastation, Jesus is the ultimate "Hero" Kirk is just the messenger, and what a gifted messenger he is.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on November 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you use this CD in your PC, Sony has created this CD to install a program on your computer that is impossible to remove, and renders your PC open to harmful programs. read more here: [...]

I love Kirk Franklin just like the next person, but I don't deserve to have my PC calling Sony to tell them every time I play, record, or whatever with this disc. Even if you don't illegaly share music, don't you feel entitled to your privacy? If Hackers use this rootkit to hack computers (Only a matter of time), who will be responsible for your busted computer? Sony? Kirk? You for buying the CD?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Winston on March 15, 2006
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This was a very nice CD and had a different sound to it than Kirk's other work. These songs were very unique and Kirk is a very gifted man. The best songs were:

Looking For You -uptempo track, something you can dance to

Hero -lyrics were awesome

Imagine Me -one of my favorite songs, very beautiful, touches your spirit

Could've Been

Better -the beat is off the chain, I like the band in the background

Without You -its ok in the beginning(Kirk is singing), it gets better towards the middle of the song

Keep Your Head -I love the beat in the beginning, Kirk did a good job remaking it

Why

First Love -another favorite, melody is so beautiful, song is very encouraging

Sunshine -i like the beat, definately could have done without that interlude with the kid

I really believe this is one of Kirk Franklin's best albums. He has produced really good albums in the past but this one really stood out. The songs were just amazing and very unique. There was only one song I really didn't care for, "Afterwhile" featuring Yolanda Adams. This one was just too slow and boring. "The Appeal" is another slow song. It was okay and had all the group members singing a certain part. "Brokenhearted" was another slow song featuring M. Winans. It encouraged one to turn their life over to Christ. Overall this album was off the hook. The songs was just so nice to listen to. The CD had variety such as hip hop, traditional gospel and even a little rock. So I do recommend this album. It is different and Kirk did an excellent job.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SM on October 22, 2005
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Oh my goodness! I knew that I'd purchase the "Hero" cd, but I read the Amazon reviews,anyway, prior to my purchase-- I hoped that the reviewers were right. They didn't lead me astray. This cd is an incredible blessing-- the best part is... it keeps on giving. The first day, all the songs were good by day 2 "my song" was "Imagine Me"...(yes, I cried...several times) but now, "First Love" is working on me. Okay, enough of my business. Kirk Franklin's "Hero" is a worthwhile investment, it will richly bless you. Go get it! :o)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Sheldon on October 4, 2005
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Kirk Franklin is always a must buy for me, and he's never let me down. Up there with one of the best out there, this cd release of his is no exception. If you like Kirk Franklin, or Gospel music, pick this up. He's got some nice collabos on there. I really liked "Let It Go", with Sonny from P.O.D., as they took the old Tears for Fears song "Shout" and made it a relavent song for anyone dealing with addictions today. Shout! Let it all out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrae Williams on October 10, 2005
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Man, do I love this guy. Talk about outdoing one's self. He did that and more on this album. While no song on this album is a dud by any means, only 8 of them are constantly on my "replay" button. Here are the eight:

Looking For You - This is the single from the album, and the song that made me put this album in the "must have" category. While it runs on a sample of Patrice Rushen's "Haven't You Heard", this will definitely be a hit at Christian clubs and Gospel skate-nights everywhere. Has a distinct 70's disco feel to it. Very upbeat, and energetic.

Hero - The title track which features my favourite female gospel singer, Dorinda Clark-Cole (though she doesn't get much time to sing on this one, which kind of disapppointed me). This song is a testament to Jesus' supernatural ability to live up to the moniker "on time God", because he's always there to "save the day" as the song says. Our God is mightier than any super-hero or heroine, and this song gives us a resounding reminder of that.

Could've Been Me - This has to be the gospel jam of the year. Kirk brought on two of the newest, hottest acts in the gospel right now: Tye Tribbett, and J. Moss. This song is high energy from start to finish, and kind of reminds me Tonex's "Since Jesus Came" from the Out The Box album, which also featured Kirk Franklin. Tye Tribbett doesn't really add much to this song because he does the same thing Kirk does, which is just throwing in a little "come on!! or "yeah!!" in between the singers singing, and he does pretty much the same here, since he is not too much of a singer. J. Moss on the other hand adds his signature sound (and those amazing runs he does with his voice) and THEN some, and gives the song an added kick towards the end.
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