Michael Franti & Spearhead, "Say Hey (I Love You)"

Track Review

After two-plus decades in the industry and 15 years performing with his band Spearhead, Michael Franti is breaking the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with one of the most-requested songs at radio. "Say Hey (I Love You)" -- from the album "All Rebel Rockers," released almost a year ago -- has a feel-good, hand-clapping rhythm and a positive message of life's journey. The legendary Jamaican production team Sly & Robbie infuse the song with elements of reggae and funk as well as a touch of hip-hop. Everything is in place for a hit, from the singalong melody to the lively piano and group-vocal outbursts. Having pioneered social humanitarianism in his own brand of music, Franti and his band are finally getting their due and having a good time while they're at it. --Michael Menachem


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