Michael Franti, Five Finger Death Punch, Tech N9ne and Robin Thicke on Album Release Day

Michael Franti, Five Finger Death Punch, Tech N9ne and Robin Thicke on Album Release Day

MusicJuly 30, 2013

Every Tuesday artists vie to take our valuable coin and to be the best on the numbers chart following Tuesday Release Day. Here's what we got with our hard-earned ducats for the week of July 30, 2013.


Michael Franti and Spearhead – “All People” When 47-year-old music veteran Michael Franti began the lengthy process of writing and recording for “All People,” he enacted an uncommon step. He asked for collaborations in writing and producing, bringing a unique intensity to the LP. The vibe leans far more to an electronic strength than in albums past, which is a move warranted by Franti’s strategy. The same chorus friendly staccato punched with acoustic heavy lines easily follow his enacting vocals to build a solid collection.


Tech N9ne – “Something Else” We’ve got N9ne’s back por vida. He’s been unrelenting in his dark, semi-psychotic manner even though critics preach that it’s what disconnects him from certain hip-hop accord. With that, he’s always made it clear that Tech will never go mainstream, that the mainstream will go Tech. “Something Else” is just that. It’s another righteous attempt from the horror-driven madman that’s just as fresh in its offering as it is in its familiarity. It’s dark, wild and eccentric, but peppered with an almost angelic like structure that embraces Tech N9ne’s mantra.


Five Finger Death Punch – “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1” Christ Almighty; we’ve just received a deathly speaker punch that may or may not have contained five fingers. When the newly minted album begins, it simply states that this is going to be a thrill ride within epic metal proportions. Not until the fourth track, “Wrong Side of Heaven” does it lighten up a bit in more of a graceful tone. But then it seems the band had enough of that, as the following track “Burn MF” declares nothing but to let the motherfucker burn. Fourteen tracks may suffice for novice metal heads, but for those who are more harder corer than others, the deluxe edition includes fifteen more, all recorded live.


Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” When Robin Thicke hit the music trade in 2002, we really didn’t know what to think. His soft, drawer-dropping croon was something unique in the R&B world and transported his career to lavish success. He shook off the inevitable comparison to his television star father, Alan Thicke, who taught those rascals on Growing Pains how to be genuine adults.  And though we’re not entirely sure the recent controversy surrounding his title-track “Blurred Lines” is warranted, it certainly hasn’t hurt the build up. His new album is nothing short of a classic date-night supplement, full of his distinguishable pitch and sultry accommodations.