Love Kamikaze: The Lost Sex Singles & Collectors' Remixes
is an odds and ends compilation that finds Michael Franti
more concerned with matters of the flesh as opposed to matters of state. Not that politics are ever far from Franti
's mind, but this time he turns his observations towards interpersonal relationships. Not all the songs are actually about sex (although there's a decidedly "Let's get it on" vibe throughout most of it) and this album is about equal parts contemporary R&B and hip-hop with a nice bossa nova as the leadoff track. Since many of these tracks were recorded for other albums and simply didn't fit, it's somewhat surprising how well this album flows given the time span involved. There are some excellent productions and beats on-board, and the prevalence of Fender Rhodes and strings on the tracks really holds the album together nicely. Since leaving Capitol, Franti
has really been expanding on both his own personal sound as well as Spearhead
's. Love Kamikaze
is another new chapter in their expanding book.