Michael Franti couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate title for the latest Michael Franti & Spearhead release. The most accurate way I could describe this album would be if Jack Johnson got drunk off of a bottle of Malibu on a cruise ship in the Bahamas and decided at this point it would be a good time to write some tunes.
Despite how carefree and easy-going The Sound of Sunshine is, by the end of the album I wanted to fly straight into the sun rather than stay bathing in it. There’s so little differentiation in dynamics and tempo between the tracks that you wonder if your CD player is stuck on repeat.
It’s disappointing to hear a song like “The Thing That Helps Me Get Through” because it’s evident that Michael Franti & Spearhead can write songs that differ so greatly from the rest of the content on this album. It would benefit the album greatly if there were more songs that took a chance to go in a new direction, but The Sound of Sunshine is filled with songs that don’t steer in new directions but just linger lazily in the same spot on the beach.