Sage Francis - Li(f)e 2xLP

Sage Francis - Li(f)e 2xLPSage Francis
Label: ANTI-
Year: 2010
Price: $19.95
Format: Vinyl

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The new album Li(f)e by hip hop iconoclast Sage Francis is an impassioned and timely critique of cultural hypocrisy and organized religion. Musically Li(f)e is refreshingly unique. Francis' biting and sardonic wordplay are now further empowered by talented musicians including producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine) and Jim Becker and Tim Rutili of acclaimed Chicago outfit Califone. Francis has also enlisted a roster of uniquely talented songwriters including ex Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle, Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie, Tim Fite, members of Calexico, DeVotchKa, and Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse -- each of whose compositions were then interpreted by Francis and the band. The result is a challenging and defiantly honest new album from an ever evolving artist. The record's cover art has been created by renowned artist and illustrator Shepard Fairey who first gained notoriety with his ''Andre the Giant'' street art and later with his iconic Obama ''Hope'' poster. For the cover of Li(f)e Fairey has employed his distinctive agitprop style to create a suitably provocative image of an unwavering and winged Francis caught in the crosshairs as flames rise beneath him.

Production/instrumental credits, in collaboration with Sage Francis: track 1 Jason Lytle; 2 Chris Walla; 3 Richard Terfry, Brian Deck, Tim Rutili, Jim Becker and Gordon Patriarca; 4 Joey Burns and John Convertino; 5 Thomas Hagerman, Shawn Gilbert, Jeanie Schroder and Nicholas Iurata; 6 Tim Rutili, Jim Becker and Brian Deck; 7 Tim Rutili; 8 Kurt Read, Brian Deck, Tim Rutili, Jim Becker and Gordon Patriarca; 9 Tim Fite; 10 Chris Walla; 11 Mark Linkous; 12 Yann Tiersen.

1.Little Houdini
2.Three Sheets to the Wind
3.I Was Zero
4.Slow Man
5.Diamonds and Pearls
7.The Baby Stays
8.16 Years
9.Worry Not
10.London Bridge
11.Love The Lie
12.The Best of Times

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