It Is Time For A Love Revolution
UG Team, on february 12, 2008 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: Taking a cue from his debut record Let Love Rule, Lenny Kravitz is once again ready to spread the hugs. His latest release It's Time For A Love Revolution remains true to the Kravitz sound we've come to know over the years, with radio-friendly rock tunes that are filled with positive messages -- even with some religious overtones this time around. In terms of music, there are no huge surprises, either. If you've been a fan of songs like It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over and Fly Away, the newest collection of 14 songs should still satisfy, but only a few reach the riff genius of Mama Said. While there are a few tracks that feature some great funky elements and inspired solos, most of the songs tend to go on too long and unfortunately get a little tired by the end.
Just from hearing the title, you might assume that Love Revolution would be a throwback to the laid-back style of Let Love Rule, but it could be more succinctly described as a rock-dance track. It's a great opener and one of the better songs on the CD. While the title might scare some people off, the music is really fun and will likely find a comfy spot on the radio. Interestingly enough, it kind of sounds like Kiss' C'mon and Love Me, which depending on the listener, could be an awesome or horrible thing.
A few of the songs on It's Time For A Love Revolution definitely have a vintage vibe. Bring It On is an original number, but the intro actually sounds quite similar to American Woman, which Kravitz did a cover of back in 1999. The similarities don't linger too long on that particular track and it thankfully has a unique sound by the time Kravitz sings the first line of the verse. Good Morning has it's vintage moments as well when it goes into full Beatles' mode, with the harmonies sounding very reminiscent of Sgt. Pepper's.
A Long And Sad Goodbye is hands-down the best track on the CD, with some very cool, bluesy guitar work at the beginning. Kravitz is at his best when he veers away from the radio singles and opts for a more honest, gritty vibe. The track proves that Kravitz is definitely capable of writing some incredible music, but as with many of the other songs on the album, it goes on way too long. Many of the tracks either suffer from being too repetitive or too long, and just a little editing here and there could have really been a great help. // 7
Lyrics: Kravitz has proven over the years that solid music can make up for repetitive lyrics. There will be those out there who love Kravitz's lyrical style, but just glancing over the liner notes shows that the singer does get rather long-winded at times. The perfect example would be in Love, Love, Love when Kravitz sings, Don't need no plastic surgery; Don't need no country clubs; Don't need no butlers, cooks, or maids; Don't need no marijuana; Don't need no ecstasy. And it goes on and on and on. It may click with some listeners, but it wouldn't hurt to try for a little variety. // 6
Overall Impression: Kravitz is a fantastic guitarist and he rightly showcases those skills once again on It's Time For A Love Revolution. It's during the moments when you do hear a solo or a funky riff (check out Will You Marry Me) that Kravitz's true talent comes through. He does get carried away on the new album and can't seem to end a song at the right time, though. That's precisely when you start feeling the need to push fast forward to get things moving along a little more rapidly. Unfortunately, many of the 14 songs fall into this trap, and the end result is a promising album that doesn't quite live up to it's potential. // 7
It Is Time For A Love Revolution
sweetpeasuzie, on february 12, 2008 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: Lenny Kravitz has returned with his blend of nostalgic fuzz rock and hippie pop resonating through his latest release It Is Time For A Love Revolution from Virgin Records. Produced and arranged by Lenny Kravitz, the album has a Sgt. Pepper's feel permeating it's psychedelic leanings and a soul rock filament lighting it's melodic flow. The songs have the effect of a sonic aphrodisiac harnessing swirls of guitar rock and orchestral tones filling up the drum swells. Tracks like If You Want It' and Dancin' Til Dawn devise slopes of highs and lows and groves of funky horns traipsing through the latter. Kravitz still shows signs of Prince's funk-rock gyrations in tunes like Love Love Love and Will You Marry Me, and slices of classic rock with a Jimi Hendrix stylizing on numbers like Love Revolution and Bring It On. Kravitz also delves into complimenting feng shui patterns using modern orchestral textures and classic piano bolts on songs like I'll Be Waiting and the gentle swaying tempo of I Want To Go Home. The wispy ballad A New Door is relatable to Joe Cocker's single You Are So Beautiful To Me and the soft rock guitar riffs and vocal overdubs of A Long And Sad Goodbye have meaningful lyrics and a pensive aura reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne's hit song Mama I'm Coming Home. On the surface, Kravitz and Osbourne are on different sides of the music spectrum. Kravitz, being American, puts soul and funk into his rock mixtures, whereas Osbourne, coming from England, has a heavy metal background, but after listening to A Long And Sad Goodbye, Kravitz and Osbourne sound like they could have come from the same household. Kravitz really expands on his talent for creating memorable melodic hooks on It Is Time For A Love Revolution, though his voice sounds exactly the same as you may remember it from his single Are You Gonna Go My Way. // 8
Lyrics: Kravitz's lyrics are reflections about life with words of love strewing Will You Marry Me to words about sorrow in I Love The Rain, but some of the lyrics which really penetrate the listener's thoughts are from A Long And Sad Goodbye. Kravitz cries out in the song, Papa, who's to blame/ Why you never made your fortune and fame/ Papa, what do you gain/ To leave the love you had for a two-bit dame/ Papa, why do you turn your back/ Why don't you stay on track/ Why do you leave and make her cry/ Papa, you mean the world to me/ Why do you abandon me/ Now it's a long and sad goodbye. There is always someone in your life who makes you feel like you've been abandoned, which really makes these lyrics dig in deep into those wounds. The music and vocals are really well done and crafted to make optimal impact on the listener. // 8
Overall Impression: If you are familiar with and liked Lenny Kravitz's past hits like I Build This Garden For Us, Mama Said, and It Ain't Over Til It's Over, then these songs are no surprise to you and this album is sure to be to your liking. The album is less club music and more classic rock studded, something like Earth, Wind and Fire meets The Eagles especially on the track Back In Vietnam. There is an omnipresence of the '60s Haight-Ashbury music blowing through Kravitz's songs, which is a wind that has blown through his previous albums and It Is Time For A Love Revolution is no exception. // 8