Mama Said

Mama Said

by Lenny Kravitz
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Mama Said

Moving forward a couple years from the psychedelic fixations of his debut, Mama Said finds Lenny Kravitz in the early '70s, trying to graft Curtis Mayfield and Jimi Hendrix influences to his Prince and Lennon obsessions. This time around, he synthesizes his influences better; it's essentially a seamless record, with all of its classic rock homages so carefully produced that it sounds as if it could have been released in 1972. Kravitz's songcraft has gotten better as well, with the swirling Philly soul of "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" and the rampaging Sly Stone-meets-Hendrix "Always on the Run" standing out as instantly addictive singles. Still, some of the joy that informed Let Love Rule has worn off, largely because it's more polished and studied than its predecessor. That, however, doesn't prevent Mama Said from being another thoroughly enjoyable guilty pleasure -- its sweet soul and fuzzy hard rock are slyly seductive. Ironically for such an inviting record, Mama Said is Kravitz's divorce album, yet it never quite conveys any true pain or emotion, since he puts sound over substance. Essentially, the lyrics are afterthoughts, but with a record as immaculately produced and sonically pleasurable as Mama Said, it doesn't really matter that it's talking loud and saying nothing, because it sounds good while it's talking.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/1992
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0077778620921
catalogNumber: 86209

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lenny Kravitz   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Sitar,Vocals,Mellotron,fender rhodes
David Domanich   Drums
Henry Hirsch   Organ,Bass,Piano,Mellotron,String Machine,Mini Moog
Michael Hunter   Trumpet
Nancy Ives   Cello
Lebron Scott   Bass
Slash   Guitar
Karl Denson   Saxophone
Sean Lennon   Piano
Phenix Horns   Horn
Phoenix Horns   Horn
Butch Tomas   Saxophone
Adam Widoff   Guitar
Zoro   Drums

Technical Credits

Lenny Kravitz   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Domanich   Engineer
Henry Hirsch   Engineer,String Arrangements
Melanie Nissen   Art Direction
Hal Fredricks   Composer
Doug Neslund   Composer

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Mama Said 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a cd for any man attempting to just say he's sorry. the pain, hurt, and love heard & displayed in this song is impossible to deny.