It Is Time for a Love Revolution

kravitz.jpgTitle: It Is Time for a Love Revolution
Artist: Lenny Kravitz
Label: Virgin Records
Catalog No.: 724386378620
Year: 2008

Lenny is back! Well, perhaps he never entirely went away, but this is his first album in almost four years. His latest effort (his eighth album of new material) offers up his usual dose of poetic lyrics, distinctive vocal delivery, and incredible guitar solos. Overall, he has now sold over thirty million albums worldwide and by anyone’s standards is a superstar. The world needs more artists like Kravitz, who appears to be comfortable with his sound and his place in the music realm.

It Is Time for a Love Revolution is a collection of vintage-sounding Lenny Kravitz songs (view the promo video here). There are singles like “I’ll be Waiting” and “A Long and Sad Goodbye” that fit the mold of the forlorn and hyper-emotional rock ballads that Kravitz has become known for. In general, however, the tone of the album is definitely more downtempo and lacks the harder edge songs like “Are You Gonna Go My Way” (1993) found on his earlier releases. But the album is not all high and dry. Also featured are more upbeat and rhythmic tracks like “Dancin’ with Me.” So depending on which Lenny you prefer, you will either be completely satisfied or slightly bored with the sound of the album.

True to form, Kravitz did most of the work on this album. In addition to serving as executive producer, he wrote and arranged all of the songs. As if that were not enough, he also played electric guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards on most of the tracks. On the positive side that may be a good thing because Love Revolution captures all of the various sides of Lenny’s musicianship. However, his insistence on recording as a one man band also leads to a somewhat formulaic sound that can make you wonder if you’ve been listening to the same song over and over again.

For a Lenny Kravitz fan, It’s Time for a Love Revolution will do nothing to turn you away. If you’re someone who has heard of Kravitz but you’ve never really given him a listen, then this CD is a solid introduction his unique style. While the album may not sound revolutionary, It’s Time for a Love Revolution is a testament to Kravitz’s twenty year track record of creating good music, time and time again.

Editor’s note: It’s Time for a Love Revolution is also available in a deluxe edition that includes a DVD with a documentary about Kravitz and the making of the album.

Posted by fredara mareva