: Hero

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by: Kirk Franklin

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Binding: Audio CD
Brand: Provident Distribution Group
EAN: 0828767101927
Format: Content/Copy-Protected CD
Item Dimensions: 4056223494
Label: Sony Legacy
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Model: 2195327
MPN: 828767101927
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: Sony Legacy
Release Date: October 04, 2005
Running Time: 78 minutes
Studio: Sony Legacy

  • 4901001876
  • 9784901001878
  • 828767101927

Disc 1:
  1. Intro
  2. Looking for You
  3. Hero - Kirk Franklin with Dorinda Clark-Cole
  4. Interlude # 1
  5. Let It Go - Kirk Franklin with TobyMac & Sonny (of P.O.D.)
  6. The Process
  7. Imagine Me
  8. Could've Been - Kirk Franklin with J Moss & Tye Tribbett
  9. Better
  10. Afterwhile - Yolanda Adams
  11. Brokenhearted - Kirk Franklin with Marvin L. Winans
  12. Without You
  13. Keep Your Head
  14. Why - Kirk Franklin with Stevie Wonder
  15. First Love
  16. The Appeal
  17. Brokenhearted
  18. Interlude #2
  19. Sunshine
  20. Outro
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Hero is the first release on the gospel star's new Fo Yo Soul Entertainment label (in association with Zomba Label Group). The album is said to reflect Franklin's growth and progression from his groundbreaking single 'Stomp', to his current roles as husband, father, businessman, and youth pastor. Guest on the CD include Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Ty Tribbett, Dorinda Clark-Cole, tobyMac, and P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval. 2005.
If you know anything about Kirk Franklin, you'll know he's not one to sit still. With an emphasis on his early career classic Gospel leanings, Franklin rang the bell with his magnificent Rebirth of Kirk Franklin (2002), a release widely awarded and one that helped make him the best-selling gospel artist of all time. But Franklin has once again shifted his musical landscape. Hero is a lengthy and revealing masterpiece unparalleled in Christian music. The Dallas native has crafted his own musical tapestry masterfully combining elements of 70s era soul, classic Gospel, and contemporary urban hip-hop. Hero is full of admissions of struggle and challenges but Franklin always weaves a message of hope and encouragement to take the focus off the negative. You want in-your-face confession? Try not to be moved while listening to Franklin laying sins down on the table like cards in "Let It Go" or Franklin teaming with Marvin Winans in the soul-shaking, roof-raising "Brokenhearted." The title track – featuring Dorinda Clark-Cole – along with "Imagine Me" are classic examples of how Franklin balances the hard realities of real life against the hard faith about which he so readily sings.

One is hard pressed to not remember the Love Unlimited Orchestra when hearing "Looking for You" and the 70s references are reinforced with Stevie Wonder's guest appearance on "Why." The latter track is classic Franklin as he challenges every Christian to stop worrying about building churches and start building people. It also includes a delightful harmonica touch at the end from the great Stevie Wonder. At 20 songs and more than an hour, Hero might seem overwhelming. But there is rarely a dull moment here and you'll be better for the time well spent. --Michael Lyttle

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