On Disc: Lenny Kravitz

Album: It Is Time for a Love Revolution

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

It Is Time for a Love Revolution by Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz
It Is Time for a Love Revolution
Virgin Records

2.5 stars

Lenny Kravitz is back with his latest release It Is Time for a Love Revolution.

The lyrics on this album are cliché at best and contrived at worst. It is as if Kravitz believes he is the first person on Earth to fall madly in love " or be madly confused by love.

Lyrics aside, some songs do hold serious power. “Dancin’ Til Dawn” is arguably the best song, fusing James Brown funk, with blues and just a touch of " believe it or not " a Fleetwood Mac guitar rhythm.

Don’t let the title fool you " “Will You Marry Me?” is not a love ballad. Ignore the cheesy lyrics (again) and you’ll enjoy the upbeat, creative side of Kravitz’s songwriting.

The standout tracks on the album, “Good Morning,” “If You Want It,” are influenced heavily by both Led Zeppelin and ’70s funk.

Although all the tracks have a love theme buried in them, Revolution can’t exactly be called a concept album, nor does each song flow with the next.

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