Kirk Franklin - Hero

Published Wednesday 7th December 2005
Kirk Franklin - Hero
Kirk Franklin - Hero

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13783-10699
LABEL: Fo Yo Soul 828767101927
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2005-10-31

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Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

After 'The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin' album re-established him in the hearts of the American church, Franklin is back to creating music that pushes back the frontiers of gospel music and 'Hero' stands as his most accomplished album yet mixing musical diversity with ministry. I probably just have time to pick out a few highlights to illustrate how good this album is. "Looking For You" is a catchy, poppy, groovy tune that I've been playing a lot on the radio because it's got a strong message of encouragement. The title cut features Dorinda Clark-Cole and focuses on the way that Jesus changes lives and begins with a vox pop of testimonies. Talking of testimonies, "Let It Go" is probably the most honest testimony he's ever recorded. It tells the moving story of Franklin's struggles and how God helped him overcome them and features the unlikely combination of TobyMac and P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval singing the "Shout" backing vocal! Things get funky again with J Moss and Tye Tribbett on "Could've Been Me" which again mixes groove and ministry. Stevie Wonder guests on "Why" after Franklin contributed to Wonder's 'Time 2 Love' CD and the results are brilliant. After making his career writing songs, arranging and bringing together a heap of talent to create his albums, Kirk makes a rare appearance singing the beautiful worshipful ballad "Without You". It's a gorgeous moment. Ultimately 'Hero' points firmly towards Christ as our hero and though the album doesn't contain anything as mindblowing as "Revolution" or "Stomp", Franklin has reached a new place musically and in ministry, creating a set of songs that do what all great gospel songs should do. They move the heart.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Intro [Listen]
2. Looking For You [Listen]
3. Cole [Listen]
4. Interlude [Listen]
5. Let It Go [Listen]
6. The Process [Listen]
7. Imagine Me [Listen]
8. Could've Been With J Moss & Tye Tribbett [Listen]
9. Better [Listen]
10. Afterwhile With Yolanda Adams [Listen]
11. Brokenhearted With Marvin L. Winans [Listen]
12. Without You [Listen]
13. Keep Your Head [Listen]
14. Why With Stevie Wonder [Listen]
15. First Love [Listen]
16. The Appeal [Listen]
17. Brokenhearted (reprise) [Listen]
18. Interlude [Listen]
19. Sunshine [Listen]
20. Outro [Listen]

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Product Description
One of the most eagerly awaited gospel CDs of the year, Kirk Franklin delivers one of his most masterful and inspired albums to date!
Weaving profound lyrics with cutting edge styles he produces riveting tracks like First 'Love, Brokenhearted' and many more.
All star guest list includes Yolanda Adams, Smokie Norful, Sonny (P.O.D).

Reader Comments

Posted by monica in GA @ 19:15 on Jan 17 2007

hello how are you doing



Posted by Liz in Canada @ 16:31 on Feb 23 2006

The best and most real music I've heard in a long time! It touches where most music doesn't. It reconciles us with the reality of God's love and forgiveness and undeniable presence! It's very real and relevant in today's world where so many are hurting, crying, in pain, angry and just beaten down by the harshness of life. It's happy and hopeful and upbeat and dancy! Get it! U'll not believe just how Great God's love is transmitted through this music!



Posted by JoK in Germany @ 03:51 on Feb 17 2006

This album is simply brilliant! Moves your heart very deeply. I should admit there are many talented people in God's house and Kirk Franklin is undoubtedly one of them. Keep it up brother and God bless...



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