Lenny Kravitz

There is something profoundly simplistic and blatantly commercial about Lenny's music as of late that might have many blubbering sell-out. The retro-rocker's 7th studio album Baptism is a far cry from his work in the late eighties and 90's and even artistically below par when compared to albums like Let Love Rule, Are you Gonna Go my Way, and Circus. Maybe Kravitz is cashing in on the success he had with 5 but at least his most recent classic rock orientated disc still manages to retain a considerable dash of the coolness so characteristic of his music and dishes out a mix bag of tear jerking ballads and sports car driving rock n' roll.

Lyrically and thematically speaking, Baptism seems to be the conduit for a man in crisis. Indeed Kravitz conveys the message that the resplendence of celebrity eminence is certainly exhilarating but not the essence of the human project and is on an expedition in search of a spiritually rejuvenated self and worldview. Whether or not you buy that may not be the issue. Kravitz's premature mid life crisis has resulted in basic but solid and meaningful music. Minister of Rock n' Roll, California, Storm (Which features a kick ass rap from Jay -Z) Calling all Angels and Destiny are melodious representatives of a new man and they along with many more culminate in a statement that is cogent and sonically appealing.

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