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Hero [Content/Copy-Protected CD]

Kirk FranklinAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Intro (America The Beautiful)Kirk Franklin0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Looking for YouKirk Franklin 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. HeroKirk Franklin with Dorinda Clark-Cole 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Interlude # 1Kirk Franklin0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Let It GoKirk Franklin with tobyMac & Sonny (of P.O.D.) 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The ProcessKirk Franklin 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Imagine MeKirk Franklin 5:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Could've BeenKirk Franklin with J Moss & Tye Tribbett 6:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Better [Clean]Kirk Franklin 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Afterwhile [Clean]Kirk Franklin;Yolanda Adams 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. BrokenheartedKirk Franklin with Marvin L. Winans 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Without YouKirk Franklin 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Keep Your HeadKirk Franklin 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. WhyKirk Franklin with Stevie Wonder 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. First LoveKirk Franklin 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The AppealKirk Franklin 7:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Brokenhearted (Reprise)Kirk Franklin 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Interlude #2Kirk Franklin0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. SunshineKirk Franklin 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. OutroKirk Franklin 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 


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For nearly two decades now, Kirk Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling purveyor of majestic fusions of gospel and contemporary music, and a mirror of Christian humanity boldly reflecting what one faith walking man can accomplish when he focuses on God and taps deep into the gifts He gives. Franklin is a pioneer in gap-bridging musicianship, uniting audiences across gospel, hip hop, pop ... Read more in Amazon's Kirk Franklin Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 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 (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE "HERO" 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this if you care about the safety of your PC 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Hero March 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good as always...keep it up Kirk! October 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! October 22, 2005
By SM
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Ministry March 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
What an awesome CD!! I bought this for my son (14) who lives in GA with his dad and he was truly excited about the music and the lyrics. It was very exciting to hear the Legendary Stevie Wonder minister with Kirk Franklin. God bless Kirk Franklin's group.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome March 17, 2006
By Lenice
Format:Audio CD
Excellent cd. There is a variety of styles. Some upbeat and some traditional. I jam to is on my way to work every morning and it serves as great motivsation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BLESSING- I was INSPIRED November 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Kirk Franklin has always been a wonderful person to listen to when it comes to music. But this cd is so uplifting. My favorite song on this album os # 11. It is so WONDERFUL
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
good condition!!
Published 2 months ago by wenDEE
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Classic Kirk
Published 2 months ago by E. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
This is actually my second purchase of this CD. When you listen to it you'll see why; it's so encouraging and uplifting!
Published 2 months ago by Adriana
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging love letter from God
To me as Kirk grew into this game of gospel music he became really transparent and open to talking about his past in the form of his music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chrislyn McCloud
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
The cd was like brand new. I enjoy listening to it. I would definitely do business with this company again.
Published 4 months ago by Natalie Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I had this CD years ago and loaned it out but never got it back. I love the songs and I had to have another copy.You won't be disappointed.
Published 5 months ago by Chenoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation of songs
The CD did not come on time for Christmas, so the gift was given a little late. The gift was still appreciated. Kirk Franklin delivers yet again with this album.
Published 5 months ago by Cidya S. Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Work
As always I love anything Kirk Franklin records ... He is by far a Very Good Artist. this cd like all the others arrived in great condition and I love every song on the cd
Published 7 months ago by saundra l murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Kirk!
I am a huge fan of Kirk. I purchased this CD for a friend going through some issues and new that the music on it would do the trick.
Published 9 months ago by Luz Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I bought this CD for a friend and was pleasantly surprised when I was able to download for free =) I love Kirk Franklin and this CD. Read more
Published 9 months ago by AMP
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