Sage Francis, 'Human the Death Dance' (Anti-/ Epitaph)

5
Human the Death Dance
Critical Mass
Label: Anti-/ Epitaph

by Michaelangelo Matos

"This is hip-hop for the people," says Sage Francis early on his fourth album. "Stop calling it emo." Stop bellyaching and maybe we will. Francis' relentless self-examination can strike real sparks -- he's a clear-eyed lyricist and his unorthodox flow is plenty energetic -- but he falls into mawkishness far too often ("All they ask is why I wear these glasses / And all I can tell them is, hell, it's good fashion"). Still, this is more mature than 2005's A Healthy Distrust, boasting straightforwardly soulful production and smarter punch lines ("If you ain't dead / You ain't a suicide girl").

Now Hear This: Sage Francis - "Civil Obedience" DOWNLOAD MP3

BUY:

iTunesAmazon

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Brandy Zdan — More of a Man " 03:33
  • 2 Tiësto & KSHMR — Secrets " 04:28
  • 3 Mercies — Every Echo " 00:00
  • 4 Jimmy Whispers — Heart Don't Know " 02:32
  • 5 GRiZ — For The Love " 04:41
  • 6 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard — God Is in the Rhythm " 03:46
  • 7 FlatbushZOMBiES — Did U Ever Think feat. Joey BadA$$ & Issa Gold " 05:02

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA