Additional personnel: Charlie Hunter (guitar, harmonica, clavinet, horns, bass); Mike Tyler (guitar, keyboards, bass); Vernon Reid (guitar); Jay Davidson (saxophone, piano); Joshua Yudkin (organ); Pete Scaturro (organ, piano); Scott Storch (horns, Fender Rhodes electric piano, keyboards); Will Bernard (Fender Rhodes electric piano); E.J. Simpson (bass); Andy Kravitz (drums, percussion), Simone White (drums); Josh Jones (congas).
Producers: Michael Franti, Joe "The Butcha" Nicolo.
Recorded at Studio 4, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, California; Ball And Chain Studios and High Street Studios, San Francisco, California.
Former Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy singer Michael Franti's second life as the frontman for Spearhead shows that he's got more on his mind than being the hip-hop equivalent of Gil Scott-Heron. While Franti retains the wordy, iconoclastic approach he favored with the Heroes, Spearhead allows him the freedom to explore different musical avenues. HOME moves deftly from gutbucket funk to progressive R&B to rap, with lyrics that manage to be both personal and political.
While dealing with such serious subjects as AIDS ("Positive"), poverty ("Hole In The Bucket") and violence ("Piece O' Peace"), Franti never loses his wry, ironic sense of humor. He leavens his weightier material with clever observations delivered in a deep, soulful voice. Spearhead's HOME is the common ground where contemporary urban styles converge to create a fresh new sound.
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p.176) - "...mixes upbeat politics and R&B-reggae-blues fusion. Spearhead lean slightly towards jazz...but their warm rhythm and [Michael] Franti's supple voice keep things fresh..."
Spin (11/94, p.94) - Highly Recommended - "...Franti has more brains and heart than your average male MC, but HOME reveals he has a pretty good funny bone too..."
Q (10/94, p.126) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...a happy mix of Sly & The Family Stone and Arrested Development....An exuberantly funky record with an intellectual edge and emotional punch..."
NME (Magazine) (9/10/94, p.48) - 8 (out of 10) - "...a sweet, soulful and powerful debut from his new Spearhead persona..."
- People In Tha Middle
- Love Is Da Shit
- Piece O' Peace
- Of Course You Can
- Hole In The Bucket
- Dream Team
- Crime To Be Broke In America
- 100,000 Miles
- Red Beans & Rice
- Caught Without An Umbrella
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