Strut

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The very title of Strut makes Lenny Kravitz's intentions for his tenth album plain: he wants to swagger, he wants to get off on his moves. To underscore the whole carnality of it, Kravitz calls the album's opening track "Sex," just the first song in a parade of pleasure, pain, and dirty white boots. Any of the attempted sociopolitical overtures of 2011's Black and White America have been abandoned, jettisoned along with the stylistic excesses that pumped that album to double-LP length. Strut doesn't bother with any of that nonsense. Like so many records from the golden age of the LP, it's just 12 songs and if it weighs in at a slightly hefty 53 minutes, it's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The very title of Strut makes Lenny Kravitz's intentions for his tenth album plain: he wants to swagger, he wants to get off on his moves. To underscore the whole carnality of it, Kravitz calls the album's opening track "Sex," just the first song in a parade of pleasure, pain, and dirty white boots. Any of the attempted sociopolitical overtures of 2011's Black and White America have been abandoned, jettisoned along with the stylistic excesses that pumped that album to double-LP length. Strut doesn't bother with any of that nonsense. Like so many records from the golden age of the LP, it's just 12 songs and if it weighs in at a slightly hefty 53 minutes, it's because Lenny has a hard time stopping a good groove and Strut consists almost entirely of grooves. He'll slip into a sultry slow jam -- "The Pleasure and the Pain," "I Never Want to Let You Down," and a cover of Smokey Robinson's "Ooo Baby Baby" that's fine but unneeded -- and he'll tip his hat to Bill Withers on "Frankenstein," but he devotes most of the album to disco and glam, dedicating individual tracks to each style ("The Chamber" is pure glitter-ball rock & roll, "I'm a Believer is all foot stomps and handclaps) but usually finding the point at the Venn diagram where it's all big beats, heavy hooks, and dirty sex. Kravitz deploys all his considerable sonic skills on songs that are purposefully trashy and unapologetically fun and the result is pure pleasure.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The very title of Strut makes Lenny Kravitz's intentions for his tenth album plain: he wants to swagger, he wants to get off on his moves. To underscore the whole carnality of it, Kravitz calls the album's opening track "Sex," just the first song in a parade of pleasure, pain, and dirty white boots. Any of the attempted sociopolitical overtures of 2011's Black and White America have been abandoned, jettisoned along with the stylistic excesses that pumped that album to double-LP length. Strut doesn't bother with any of that nonsense. Like so many records from the golden age of the LP, it's just 12 songs and if it weighs in at a slightly hefty 53 minutes, it's because Lenny has a hard time stopping a good groove and Strut consists almost entirely of grooves. He'll slip into a sultry slow jam -- "The Pleasure and the Pain," "I Never Want to Let You Down," and a cover of Smokey Robinson's "Ooo Baby Baby" that's fine but unneeded -- and he'll tip his hat to Bill Withers on "Frankenstein," but he devotes most of the album to disco and glam, dedicating individual tracks to each style ("The Chamber" is pure glitter-ball rock & roll, "I'm a Believer is all foot stomps and handclaps) but usually finding the point at the Venn diagram where it's all big beats, heavy hooks, and dirty sex. Kravitz deploys all his considerable sonic skills on songs that are purposefully trashy and unapologetically fun and the result is pure pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2014
  • Label: Roxie Records
  • EAN: 5060186923550
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 5,732

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sex (3:54)
  2. 2 The Chamber (4:57)
  3. 3 Dirty White Boots (3:57)
  4. 4 New York City (6:22)
  5. 5 The Pleasure and the Pain (5:08)
  6. 6 Strut (3:09)
  7. 7 Frankenstein (4:34)
  8. 8 She's a Beast (4:42)
  9. 9 I'm a Believer (3:16)
  10. 10 Happy Birthday (4:56)
  11. 11 I Never Want to Let You Down (4:37)
  12. 12 Ooo Baby Baby (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lenny Kravitz Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Piano, Conga, Drums, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Hand Clapping, cowbell, Wood Block, Soloist, Mini Moog, Heys, Hammond B3
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals, Backwards Vocals
Bob Clearmountain Hand Clapping
James "D-Train" Williams Background Vocals
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Craig Ross Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hand Clapping, Soloist, Heys
Harold Todd Saxophone
Mathieu Bitton Hand Clapping, Heys
Julie Weiss Heys
Darrett Adkins Cello
Kenji Bunch Viola
Woody Harrelson Hand Clapping
Ryan Price Hand Clapping
David Bowlin Violin
Ludovic Louis Trumpet
Mali Hunter Hand Clapping
Carleen Donovan Heys
Tom Kartsotis Hand Clapping
Terri Manchisi Heys
Rodney Burns Hand Clapping
Mish Wasserman Heys
Mia Ross Hand Clapping
Kenyea Johnson Hand Clapping
Katrine Weiss Heys
Joe Manchisi Heys
Technical Credits
Lenny Kravitz Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Arp String Ensemble
Smokey Robinson Composer, Lyricist
Tom Edmonds Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Craig Ross Composer, Engineer
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Ellen Wakayama Art Direction
Warren Moore Composer, Lyricist
Artie Smith Instrument Technician
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