Some musicians want to challenge an audience, force-feeding fans something that's new, different, and ostensibly "good for" them. Others take the more trad route, serving up the sonic equivalent of comfort food, tunes that lend themselves to almost instant sing-alongs (or at least Bic-flick-alongs). Lenny Kravitz has always unabashedly slotted himself into the latter category, and his righteous channeling of the spirit of '76 (1976, that is) has seldom been more effective than on this outing, which reconciles his strutting rocker side and his sweet soul singer side with panache. Kravitz's crooning has brought him many a chart hit, and this set doesn't skimp on hits-in-the-making -- although even make-out moaners like "A Million Miles Away" and "Believe in Me" are injected with a certain street savvy this time around. He's at his best when leaning into crunchy, riff-laden rockers, like "Dig In" and the Bad Company-meets-Zeppelin lust-fest "If I Could Fall in Love," and when slipping just a touch of bad-boy attitude into the mix, as on the chunky "Bank Robber Man." As is his wont, Kravitz also toys with post-hippie spirituality, but he's a bit less heavy-handed this time, making songs like "God Save Us All" -- which features a smile-inducing vocoder solo straight out of Peter Frampton's book of tricks -- seem less preachy than merely commiserating. While some might be tempted to grab Lenny Kravitz by the feather boa and let him know we've entered a new millennium, there's something reassuring about having a key to the way-back machine at the ready, and Lenny fires up the engine in no time flat.
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Performance CreditsLenny Kravitz Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Cymbals,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Timpani,Stylophone,Mini Moog
Henry Hirsch Hammond Organ
Craig Ross Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ
David Baron Analogue Synthesizer
Technical CreditsLenny Kravitz Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Orchestral Arrangements
Henry Hirsch Composer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Len Peltier Art Direction
David Baron String Arrangements
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As I write this, I am listening to this CD for the second time today. You may have a CD that at times you may skip to the fave song. However, you will not do this with this or any of Lenny Kravitz works. (well, maybe on the 'Circus'LP) Everytime you hear his music, you discover a nuance that was overlooked before. Each track makes you dance, reflect, or question. And that is what real music is about. This is a CD that is worthy to be purchased.
Every track will take you away. The lyrics were great, but the music is spectacular. I think it is best work yet!
Lenny Kravitz has always been recognized for his talent with a guitar, his beautiful voice, and alluring style. On Lenny he definitely does not let his fans down with great songs that will touch you deeply. Beautiful songs like ¿Stillness of Heart¿ definitely characterize his unique style. In these times it seems that Lenny has concentrated more on the topic of love rather than more controversial issues. ¿You Were in My Heart¿ is also an intriguing song, with a subtle feeling of mystery and urgency. ¿Dig In¿ the first single off the new album, is the only track that I feel lacks depth and artistry. Although it sounds great, the song doesn¿t make any lasting impression on me. There are many more songs that are better on the rest of the album. Lenny definitely packs his albums with great guitar tunes and grooves.
It rocks, as always! He has such an original sound. Good music, meaningful lyric's.
This album has great music and lyrics. It really shows Lenny's talent.