Sound — 7
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.
Lyrics — 6
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.
Overall Impression — 7
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.