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Editors’ Notes

Michael Franti creates music that’s meant to inspire his listeners. Whether it’s to political action, to personal reflection, or to take it easy and enjoy the sunshine, Franti has a way of telling people things. His music has always enjoyed a fluid relationship with varied genres and the reggae-pop of 2010’s The Sound of Sunshine has a sound that’s pure summer. The title track, “Shake It,” featuring Lady Shaw, and “Hey Hey Hey” are as free-spirited an opening trio as could be imagined. The love songs wrap their longings in whistles and joyous outbursts that hide the frustration. But “Anytime You Need Me” and “Only Thing Missing Was You” are clearly upset at their core. After all, there’s a party going on elsewhere on this tropical island. “The Thing That Helps Me Get Through” is a full band assault and much harder than the breezy gaits preceding it. “Gloria,” with Cherine Anderson, is another tune that could’ve been played with Hawaiian mainstay Jack Johnson. “Headphones” and “The Sound of Sunshine Going Down” close out the album around the campfire. Another day in paradise complete.

Customer Reviews

Love it!

I love love love this album. It's a wonderful collection of songs that always remind me of summer.

Love, Spirit, golden Hearted

Uplifting fun from my souls down to my toes and flows to make you want to dance and be thankful you are alive. Michael's words in happy songs of love beyond skin color or background live in a place where hope lines every dark cloud and sunshine warms your soul to feel his love for human spirit. Moving songs of a man who is blessed with sharing his spirit with us through this beautiful work. Michael is only truly experienced in person, as digital recording will never allow you the feelings of love and warmth Michael brings through his shows and his unbelievable songs of love and life. Someone I wish would will see and hear and take away a peace from this great work! Michael's work has deeply touched me and shifted my feelings in these songs!


This is by far my favorite album by Michael! All of the songs are so happy and upbeat! My personal favorites are The Sound of Sunshine, Shake It, Hey Hey Hey, & Love Don't Wait! Love you Michael and so proud of how far you've come!! Keep doing what you're doing & keep inspiring others(:

The Sound of Sunshine, Michael Franti & Spearhead
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Hip-Hop/Rap, Alternative Rap, Reggae, Rock
  • Released: Sep 20, 2010

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