Michael Franti & Spearhead – Stay Human Vol. 2 Album Review By Pat Douglas

A couple weeks ago saw a new album from Michael Franti & Spearhead. Stay Human Vol. 2 came out and has been gracing my ears and blessing my soul ever since. The hope and positivity oozing out of this album are unmatched. Who needs therapy when you have Michael Franti?

Let’s say you are having a bad day, bad week or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Well, I have a solution for ya – Just queue up this album and all will be well on its way back to the good life. I dare you to not crack a smile when listening to this album. The messages of love and hope and peace are prevalent on every track. “Little things” kicks off the positivity and talks about how life used to be so simple and how we, as humans, were not so obsessed with such big things – how the little things were enough and should still be. The man gets deep right off the bat here, but you can just see the smile on his face as he sings.

The joy and smiles don’t stop there. Next up is the beautiful love song “Just to Say I Love You”. The butter that is Franti’s voice is on full display here and this is the song you put on for your girl on Valentine’s Day – or any day for that matter – just to say I love you.

The world is put to task in “The Flower”. Featuring the soulful voice of Victoria Canal, this one is essentially a dare to the world that we have the power to fix our world and it is our responsibility to do so. Follow this one up with “Only Thing Missing Was You”, featuring the uber talented Hirie. Another lovely love song about that blissful moment at the start of a beautiful relationship.

I’m sure you’re seeing the way this is going here. Franti is a masterful storyteller with a lot to say. He is full of love for this world we live in and for the people around him. The title track, “Stay Human 2” is essentially a map to mend a fractured relationship. “Don’t you give up on me and I won’t give up on you.” “One love, One life – throw your hands up high – cause all I’m trying to do is stay human with you.”

The rest of the album blasts through love and hope for a brighter tomorrow and a beautiful today. All of this is wrapped up with the supreme talent of Spearhead. Yes, Franti may be the man behind the groove and the words, but Spearhead is full of talented musicians and they are on full display here. Taking the lyrics out of this album would certainly lose a lot of the mean, but it wouldn’t lose the punch.

Overall, this is an exceptional release that you certainly won’t want to pass by. Stand out tracks for me are “Stay Human 2”, “Summertime Won’t Last Long” & “Show Me Your Peace Sign”. The production is superb and it’s a well thought out and put together album. It has the power to change the world or at the very least, your life. Open your mind and heart – have a listen and let Mr. Franti be your therapist.

 

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Released 1.25.19

 

Track Listing

  1. Little Things
  2. Just To Say I Love You
  3. Flower In The Gun (feat. Victoria Canal)
  4. Only Thing Missing Was You 2 (feat. HIRIE)
  5. Stay Human 2
  6. Summertime Won’t Last Long
  7. This World Is So F*cked Up (But I Ain’t Ever Giving Up On It)
  8. You’re Number One
  9. Enjoy Every Second (feat. AGodess)
  10. Nobody Cries Alone
  11. Extraordinary
  12. When The Sun Begins To Shine
  13. Show Me Your Peace Sign
  14. Take Me Alive

 

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