Taken from Ohio State University (July 26, 2006)
Michael Franti: Yell Fire!
by The Independent U Weekly (Campus 101)
Two years ago, Michael Franti decided to travel to war-torn Iraq, Israel, and the Occupied Palestinian territories. To the Middle East, Franti took his guitar and a video crew, setting out to show the true human cost of war. Finally, he is releasing his film, â€śI Know Iâ€™m Not Aloneâ€ť, along with the CD inspired by his trip, entitled â€śYell Fire!â€ť. Both have received critical acclaim.
On the album, Franti wastes no time, opening the first track, â€śTime To Go Homeâ€ť, with perhaps the most influential four bars of the album.
This album reflects all of Frantiâ€™s past musical experiences (Beatnigs, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Spearhead), but his passion for this particular project shines through on every track. Whether singing, rapping, or experimenting with a combination of the two, Franti expresses himself in rare form. This groundbreaking album will only add to his already sturdy reputation as a speaker for social justice and human rights. â€śYell Fire! Is a masterpiece.