Michael Franti and Spearhead
Everyone Deserves Music
“Everyone deserves music, even our worst enemies.” So sings Michael Franti on his newest, politically provocative CD. He and his band Spearhead combine pop, reggae, soul and funk seamlessly into songs that range from bouncy, danceable complaints on war (“We Don’t Stop”) to smooth ballads that try to offer a solution to the world’s ills. However, not all of the songs reflect his heavy activism. Some just let you know who he is (“What I Be”) or remind you of the beauty of nature, love and compassion. Perhaps the most powerful song is “Bomb the World,” which appears first as a slower, steadier message song, then shows up again at the end of the CD with “Armageddon Version” tagged onto the name. This version features rappers Radioactive and Ledisi and has an angrier, more intense feel. Both get Franti’s opinions across aggressively (“We can bomb the world to pieces/ But we can’t bomb it into peace”) without apologizing, which is the way it should be.Michael Franti & Spearhead are appearing live with the Ben Taylor Band Saturday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., at the Paradise Performing Arts Center.