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Sage Francis is to indie hip-hop what Rage Against the Machine was to alternative rock, a full frontal ambi-political rush that turns its voice man into a deified performer with legions of impressionable youths hanging on his every word.

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"We're in the hands of a master lyricist...A distinctive raw talent is emerging" -- URB Magazine
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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B00079HZZC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Alan Pounds on February 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The underground has brought us some exceptional MCs in the last few years. One of which, is Sage Francis. Francis has earned himself a cult following over the past few years, winning a couple of freestyle battles, and a few poetry slams. His spoken word performances have been featured on ESPN and ABC X-Games commercials. He's toured with Atmosphere and Anticon, and has booked several shows independently. In the beginning, he started off selling bootleg CD-Rs and cassettes of his material, selling thousands of copies with minimal distribution and self-promotion. Sage's fans love him so much because he raps with such conviction, bringing him a following that cannot be bought. His songs hold a fundamental value of honesty buried within his deep metaphors. To understand his music, you must understand Sage Francis, which is difficult to grasp, if not nearly impossible. It's refreshing to hear an MC spit out rhymes in unique mind-bending metaphors though. It makes you ponder upon his thoughts, forcing you to re-experience the album several times. Not only does Sage rhyme; he rhymes fast, often times with superior speed and clarity. His analogies will make you think twice if not three times. The album is filled with a refreshing production, untouched by many underground MCs. The album pulls out hard crunching guitar riffs, and soft melodic guitar rhythms; Sage is even found singing in several instances. The beats and production have never been highlighted in Sages previous works. Francis gets some of the most renowned producers in the underground hip-hop scene to help him out, including Sixtoo (also producer on Sage's "Personal Journals"), Danger Mouse (DM & Jemini), Alias (Anticon), and Reanimator among others.Read more ›
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On A Healthy Distrust, Sage Francis attacks military recruitment techniques. He challenges God in "Sun vs. Moon" - "The Devil only exists because you believe in him / Same goes for that other guy." He questions political activists, among others, in "Slow Down Gandhi" - "You support the troops by wearing yellow ribbons? Just bring home my motherf---ing brothers and sisters." On "Gunz Yo," he says, "I know that only stupid people increase the birthrates / I'm just about dumb enough to hold up a sperm bank."

Certainly, Sage Francis is not for the faint of heart. In the same way he challenges his audience, he does so without being overly vulger. His rapping is intelligent rather than graphic. This album differs from his 2002 Anticon release, Personal Journals, in that it is more political and has a more sophisticated sound system behind it.

You're in for a treat with Sage Francis. His music is at a level of intelligence unknown to most rappers, and at the same time it reaches people on an individual level.
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With those haunting words on 'Sea Lion' Sage Francis embarks on a journey we've seen on some tracks from past works, but a Healthy Distrust explores these themes further. It's hard to compare this album to Personal Journals and Hope, both of which had their own motifs. This album explores different political and social issues in a medium that only Sage can manage. On point, Sage delves into gun control, relationships, the state of hiphop, and of course the current Administration. There are some tracks I'm still racking my brain over trying to decipher. The quality of production is awesome, giving each track an explosive feel. While the majority of the beats are different than previous albums, they can't be denied blasting out of your car with all the windows rolled down. From the opening track onward, each track is unique from the previous. As a whole, the material is so diverse you feel like you're hearing a new album each listen. 'The Buzz Kill' kickstarts everything with a beat that hits hard and lyrics that dispatch immdediately: "I used to think that rappers had it figured out..." 'Escape Artist' is a more familiar type of Sage cut. While the lyrics are pure Sage, and the beats more 'one-of-a-kind', Sage's delivery is at top form. He slows it down and speeds it up, and even displays some vocal chops on 'Jah Didn't Kill Johnny'. The cornerstone of this album is 'Slow Down Ghandi'. Every line Francis delivers poses something for the listener to think about. "Now it's whistleblower versus the pistol holder..." And though I want to write a review on each track that wouldn't be doing them justice. Healthy Distrust definitely has a different feel than Personal Journals and Hope, but it looks like Francis is ready to break out and hit everyone with an open mind over the head. This is the Sage Francis album you can't help but blast at full volume.

My favorite tracks: The Buzz Kill, Sea Lion, Escape Artist, Dance Monkey, Agony in Her Body, Crumble.
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Sage Francis... what else can i say. i owe him for my newly found love for underground hip-hop. he's a true poet and a political icon to me. but the issue here is his 2nd major label release "A Healthy Distrust." When hearing about sage, all that ever comes up are "Personal Journals" and now, this album. Don't get me wrong, I liked personal journals a lot, especially the first half, and this album has a lot of good songs. but you never hear about his "Do It Yourself" efforts. In my opinion, his 4 "sick of..." compilation releases are the highlight of his career. they may not have as much production into them, but its the heart and soul of Sage's lyrics that makes him so amazing, and i persoanlly like the beats for many of his other songs more than those on this record. also, on his "sick of..." comps, you're more able to get in touch with the real sage francis. he releases free-styles, songs with other great names in underground hip-hop, and a few spoken word tracks, some of these which compete for the best tracks on the albums. So i guess what i'm getting at is, if you really want to know sage, you should look into the rest of his career. i recommend "The Known Unsoldier - Sick of Waging War" but you wont find that on Amazon. you should try checking your local independent record store. Support the bands you love and don't download their music.
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