The Sound of Sunshine (2010) This lefty Bay Area rapper had a surprise 2009 hit with the light-hearted, reggae-tinged "Say Hey (I Love You)." The follow-up album sets evocations of… 2010-09-21 Michael Franti and Spearhead Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

The Sound of Sunshine (2010)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 21, 2010; Lead Performance: Michael Franti and Spearhead; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

This lefty Bay Area rapper had a surprise 2009 hit with the light-hearted, reggae-tinged ''Say Hey (I Love You).'' The follow-up album sets evocations of hard-won happiness to similarly strummy, globally grooved 
 hip-hop. 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. B+

Download These:
The title track, a spiritual wake-up call The Sound of Sunshine at amazon.com
Dance-pop redemption song Hey Hey Hey at amazon.com

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Originally posted Sep 22, 2010 Published in issue #1122 Oct 01, 2010 Order article reprints