Baptism

Baptism

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by Lenny Kravitz
     
 

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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 theSee more details below

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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.

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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
Rank:
3874

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

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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
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Len Peltier   Art Direction
Sean Mosher-Smith   Art Direction
Howard Kaufman   Management
Cyrille Taillandier   Engineer,Digital Editing
C. Ross   Composer
David Baron   String Arrangements

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