Baptism

Baptism

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by Lenny Kravitz
     
 
Lenny Kravitz has described this self-produced disc as his most personal recording to date, a description that's hard to argue with, given the intimate lyrical tenor of many of the album's 13 songs and the one-man-band makeup of many others. Lenny indulges his Sly Stone fixation on a passel of Baptism's cuts, most notably the

Overview

Lenny Kravitz has described this self-produced disc as his most personal recording to date, a description that's hard to argue with, given the intimate lyrical tenor of many of the album's 13 songs and the one-man-band makeup of many others. Lenny indulges his Sly Stone fixation on a passel of Baptism's cuts, most notably the good-vibe ode "I Don't Want to Be a Star," which gooses the Family Stone classic "Everybody Is a Star" into the post-paparazzi world. Yeah, the sentiment is pretty much diametrically opposed to the preening opener, "Minister of Rock n Roll," but Kravitz manages to make listeners overlook the U-turn via a winning combination of sharp guitar work and honey-dripping vocals. Although it's one of Kravitz's more rock-oriented albums, Baptism does dip into the trough of funk here and there, most effectively on the greasy, bass-driven "Sistamamalover." Some of the disc's more introspective ballads -- "Baptized," for one -- wilt under Kravitz's overheated delivery, but the surprises, such as a guest spot from Jay-Z on "Storm" and the neo-bubblegum tone of "Flash," make up for those few fallow spots. On his first new album in three years, Kravitz sounds, well, renewed.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
Baptism makes the case that it's the music, not the stardom, that ultimately matters. Conviction like that will get you through forty and beyond, and will help you make albums as uplifting as this one.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724358414523
catalogNumber:
84145

Tracks

  1. Minister Of Rock ‘N Roll
  2. I Don’t Want To Be A Star
  3. Lady
  4. Calling All Angels
  5. California
  6. Sistamamalover
  7. Where Are We Runnin’?
  8. Baptized
  9. Flash
  10. What Did I Do With My Life?
  11. Storm
  12. The Other Side
  13. Destiny

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lenny Kravitz   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Hand Clapping,Timpani,Mellotron,Wood Block,Soloist
David Sanborn   Saxophone
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Henry Hirsch   Bass,Piano,Drums
Craig Ross   Guitar,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Soloist
Jay-Z   Rap
David Baron   Baritone Saxophone
Tyra Alston   Hand Clapping
Denine LaBat   Hand Clapping
Norma Rodgers   Hand Clapping
Uncle Bruce   Hand Clapping
Uncle Craig   Hand Clapping
Uncle Hans   Hand Clapping
David Whyko   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Lenny Kravitz   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Art Direction,Audio Production
Henry Hirsch   Engineer
Len Peltier   Art Direction
Sean Mosher-Smith   Art Direction
Howard Kaufman   Management
Cyrille Taillandier   Engineer
C. Ross   Composer
David Baron   String Arrangements

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Baptism 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Baptism sure is a great rebirth for Lenny Kravitz. After the rehashed "Lenny", Kravitz has taken a step backwards in order to go forwards, taking on the style that originally launched him, shown in the simple yet groovy tunes. The lyrics could have benefited from some more thought, but overall Baptism is a great listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lenny Kravitz rocks! On his new album he shows why rock and roll will never die, songs like his new anthem Where are we running?, California, Minister of Rock and Roll and Flash make us believe in rock an roll. When it comes to his unique funky-rock style songs like Lady and Sistermamalover are just perfect. Hey Lenny keep on believing in rock and roll and we will keep our guitars in air!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I have no problem believing that Lenny's new album will be a hit (radio's tendency to put his power ballads on a continuous loop should take care of THAT), I can't say that I think it deserves to be. It's true, as always, that Lenny Kravitz is a gifted music stylist, but he's simply not the most gifted lyricwriter. He conjures decent grooves on BAPTISM, and he wraps his words around some occasionally funky riffs, but there's nothing new or compelling about the things he's trying to say. Once again, it's apparently tough to be a star. Once again, he's having trouble connecting with the ladies (in spite of the fact that he's apparently very smooth). And, once again, he's come to save the world from... a world without a new Lenny Kravitz album? As usual, there are a couple of songs that rise above the din, but this release offers more ho-hum than sho-nuff.