In an election year pointing toward hope and change, Lenny Kravitz returns saying, It Is Time For A Love Revolution. His first album in four years, Love Revolution is his back to rock'n'soul album (with a major love vibration) and follows the 2004 success of Baptism (and its never ending tour).
Taking it back to basics and the place he started out 18 years ago when he proclaimed Let Love Rule, Kravitz is still preaching the gospel of love in every area of his life. The title song is a true rocker, as well as a plea to "rewrite the constitution" and overthrow some old ideas.
"Bring It On" features some shredding guitar sounds. The same can be said of "If You Want It." Sounds like Kravitz has been studying up on his Led Zeppelin licks for some of these verses! As ever, Kravitz is in tune with the big rock sound of the '70s, which would appear to be competing with classic soul as his true love. But far from duplicating any specific genres, Kravitz likes to mix it up.
"Good Morning" is a blues, but set to a layered Beatles-style melody. "I'll Be Waiting" is the album's big ballad, a song of love and loyalty performed on piano and beats. "Will You Marry Me" is a rockin' and romantic proposal. "This Moment Is All There Is" brings out some of Kravitz' soul side.
"Back In Vietnam" bristles with distaste at the Iraq war as it pulses out its rhythm. "I Want To Go Home" underscores the anti-war, love revolution message as it takes the position of someone on the battlefront, whether on the streets or in the sand. "If You Want It" is a song of guidance and forward looking; again, love is the answer and that message is brought home in the form of some heavenly gospel back-up singing. "Love Love Love" proclaims the virtues of living without reliance on material goods for passion or inspiration, as time and again, it is demonstrated they are not the keys to happiness.
"Dancin' Till Dawn," recalls the mood of the late '70s; it's a real throwback to the all night, after hours dance clubs of downtown New York in its heyday (as well as to the sound of Rolling Stones of that era). And "A Long and Sad Goodbye" is as somber as its title implies -- a story of abandonment and disappointment with a weeping guitar sound to match.
Over 14 inspired songs, Kravitz and his characters believe that killing and hating is wrong -- ain't no two ways about it. Like the man says, let love rule.
By Danielle Santiago