Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lenny Kravitz - It Is Time For A Love Revolution (2008)

It would seem that Lenny has been listening to his old Led Zeppelin LPs. While there's still plenty of Kravtiz's signature psychedelic-retro-funk-rock on this release, it is almost like he's channeling Jimmy Page on many of the tracks. It always impresses me that Kravitz writes and produces all his music while performing most all the instruments. Kravitz stays true to himself and his music, which probably explains why he has never become the big rock star he deserves to be. I don't have much of Kravtiz's music because of its high energy intensity; listening to it just wears me out. As critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes, Kravitz "favors a sledgehammer to a scalpel." Ha! True.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #4 (Feb 23, 2008)

Tracks: The opener, Love Revolution, is awesome. Classic Kravitz. Also good are Bring It On, and If You Want It. He pays tribute to James Brown with Will You Marry Me, right down to shouting "Hit it!" during the break before the guitar solo. The ballads I'll Be Waiting and I Love The Rain fall flat.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None. This is the first time I've listened to this at home. I've always felt it was more suited to be played in my truck.

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