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One of the most respected, socially active artists in music, Michael Franti returns with his latest studio album, All People (Capitol Records). The album features the hit singles "I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)" and "Life Is Better With You.”

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  • Audio CD (July 25, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B000FMGTX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time To Go Home
2. Yell Fire
3. I Know Im Not Alone
4. East To The West
5. Sweet Little Lies
6. Hello Bonjour
7. One Step Closer To You
8. Hey Now Now
9. Everybody Ona Move
10. See You In The Light
11. Light Up Ya Lighter
12. What I've Seen
13. Tolerance
14. Is Love Enough?

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In 2004, Franti and his team traveled to the core of the red-zoned, war torn neighborhoods of Baghdad, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip with his guitar, video cameras, and the intent to experience first hand the human cost of war. Out of this journey, he created a compelling documentary ("I Know I'm Not Alone") and a searing, reflective album of original songs. "Yell Fire!" is his most compelling, engaged collection of songs, fired by a fury at the injustice of war, and a rediscovery of the love and community that supports those doing the fighting. It embraces reggae, blues, folk, hip-hop, and the anthemic politics of rock artists like U2 and Springsteen. With massive grooves and soaring choruses, Franti and Spearhead have produced an album to inspire and ignite.

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One thing you know you'll get from Franti and Spearhead is a certain kind of crystal clarity--on the production, musicianship, and, of course, in the righteous political message. Released two years after Franti traveled by himself to war-ravaged Baghdad, Gaza Strip, and the West Bank, each of these songs deals with the human cost of war poignantly and pointedly. The lyrics may seem simplistic when removed from the songs--"Those who start wars never fight them/And those who fight wars never like them" and "The F15 is a homicide bomber"--but very few artists have the honesty and balls that Franti does. Bless him for that. Spearhead might lose credibility with some by tying Peter Tosh's chant to "legalize it" to their call for revolution, but those folks are not in the target demographic, anyway. Those who are will thoroughly dig this. From the jam band accents of "Time to Go Home" to the reggae of "Light Up Ya Lighter" to the U2-ish ballad "I Know I'm Not Alone," it's easily Franti's best album yet. --Mike McGonigal

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In fact, the album gets better and better the more I listen to it.
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I keep telling everyone they've just got to HEAR this and really listen to these lyrics.
K. Wagner
Michael Franti is an amazingly talented individual with a powerful message.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ahmed Austin on July 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Out of 5 stars, I give "Yell Fire!" 6 stars.

I had the good fortune to catch Michael Franti and Spearhead's gig in mid-June, and then saw Michael's movie "I Know I'm Not Alone" afterwards---these songs have been jammin on my brain since. On top of that, a friend let me sneak a listen from a pre-pressing of "Yell Fire!", and boy does this album hump and pump into the great beyond--beyond my already hightened expectations. In short: well worth the purchase. Spearhed fans will drink deeply from this well-spring, and if this is your first Michael Franti/Spearhead album--you're in for a treat!

But, why 6 stars? Simply, this album is inspired and will quite possibly inspire you. The songs are crafted out 2 main influence streams. First, Michael Franti recently traveled to Iraq, Isreal and Palestine to connect with various "everyday folks" (including various people in military service) about war and military occupation. The footage shot during this time became the movie "I Know I'm Not Alone" and is also highly recommended. Needless to say, visitng militarily occupied areas in the Middle East these days would touch a profound place in anyone, but Michael is also a dedicated spiritual-pracititioner and these days is such a brightly-burning-being of such tremendous One-Love light that his personal charm and his finely-crafted songs are infectous and uplifting, reminding us of our human-humane essence.

Raised on "classic rock", I have not been much of a fan of hip-hop, but hey-- Spearhead's music is straight-up and hand-made: guitars, drum kit, bass, keyboards, and conscious lyrics. No tricks, except some honest hard work over many years, and a healthy appreciation for life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Victor Leclerc on September 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have to start off by saying that I'm 52 and have been a musician for most of my life, have seen many trends come and go and continue to stay open-minded about all forms of music as long as they respect the past and break new ground. That said, I was given a copy of "Home" by a friend a couple of years ago and told that this was the type of hip-hop related music that I was looking for and that Franti and cohorts deserved to be wildly famous. Soon I had bought all available recordings by them and respected the range of songwriting, production, and continuity of vision not only in message but in overall presentation.

Yell Fire is one of those rare culminating moments for an artist who is seasoned, at the top of the game and prepared to lay bare all that is important and personal for his/her/their art. This album is an absolute classic from the starting gate. Springsteen's "Born In The USA" comes to mind; so does Pink Floyd's "The Wall", Led Zeppelin IV, Sgt. Pepper, the Fugee's "The Score", Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" . . . well, I think the point is made. The elements that make Franti's and Spearhead's work so fresh from release to release (hip-hop, soul, folk, rock, reggae, jam band)are combined, stripped down, rebuilt and presented with a message of peace borne from first hand experience of a war zone and a long history of social activism. The messages come across loud and clear while the music just makes you feel good, relaxed and invigorated.

Michael and company's vision is mature, accessible and altogether a joy to listen to. It covers all the bases that a conscious artist can cover and does so simply, elegantly and with great humor, compassion and humility.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Valle on July 27, 2006
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Franti has yet to be exposed to a mass audience - yet, he is hands down one of the most prolific speakers of our time. While I believe he has limits musically, it's what he says, and how he says it, that's the big draw. This CD is far enough away from his last two efforts to make it interesting and not a replica of the past releases, with the focus being on war, religion and our fear as humans losing control of our lives due to worldwide violence. While Everyone Deserves Music was more celebratory sounding, Yell Fire is somber lyrically. However, Spearhead still mixes it up with reggae, funk and hip hop flavors, bootie shaking beats and an uplifting message to keep the faith that we can overcome.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katie H on August 31, 2006
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Yell Fire! is the best CD I've bought this year- and that includes Matisyahu and Ben Harper's new CDs (also both excellent). There are a few songs on here that he's been playing at his shows for the last year but had not been released so if you've seen him live, you'll be thrilled to have them on a recording. Spearhead does an excellent job of bringing each song to its full potential and the album is a mixture of intelligent thoughtful songs (many about the war and current political climate) and ones that were clearly written to make you want to DANCE! Buy it- but more importantly, go see Michael Franti and Spearhead live b/c their shows are better than any album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruce R. Roush on December 6, 2006
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What is it about Michael Franti and Spearhead?

Words as a poor substitution excused, here are some adjectives that you should be able to experience in this music: (in alphabetical order)

Accepting, conscious, danceable, encouraging, educated, fearless, generous, honest, hot, huge, inclusive, infectious, imaginative, inspirational, intellectual, organic, original, polished, raw, reflective, reverent, transforming, warm and welcoming.

There is no more I want in my music!

My recommendations for first timers are "Everyone Deserves Music" and "Yell Fire"

ENJOY!
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Saw "I Know I'm Not Alone"
I agree! What an excellent, poignant movie. A little on the sad side, but if you ever meet him or his staff, they are all just like that. Very passionate, caring individuals. His manager, the one who got into it with that soldier on the Palestinian border, was really kind to my girlfriend and I... Read More
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