Baptism

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724358414523
  • Catalog Number: 84145
  • Sales rank: 49,499

Tracks

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lenny shows why rock and roll will never die

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    more Review than Rebirth

    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.

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