Monday, February 25, 2008

Music Mondays - Lenny Kravitz

Now that I'm past the post #100 celebration, it's time for Music Mondays to return to its usual timeslot.

Today's Music Monday record is the new Lenny Kravitz project "It Is Time For A Love Revolution."

I've been a big fan of Lenny Kravitz for a few years now--I like the hard rocking guitar, and how most of his songs are without a lot of embellishment: lead and bass guitar, vocals, drums.

He typically doesn't break a lot of new musical ground from album to album, and this one is no exception. That doesn't take anything away from the artistry or from this work. It's not like one record is hard rock, the next is Latino salsa rhythms.

Now having said that, this record has more of a 70's funk feel to it than some of his previous projects. He brings in some good keyboard action, a fat sax solo or two, etc.

Also, in listening to the words, there seems to be a Christian (or at least 'religious') theme to some of the songs, like this opening lyric from "Bring It On":

I'm gonna walk by faith
Gonna raise my sword
I'm gonna fight my
I'm gonna praise my Lord

Pretty up front about what he believes, if you ask me. Not that it's a bad thing. There are other themes like this through the songs if you listen to the words at all.

All in all, a darned good project and quite enjoyable. Give it a listen.

More later...


Daniel said...

Kravitz first album is still an amazing listen. He plays all the instruments himself and was at the time in love with Lisa Bonet. It made for a great album.

Sue said...

Whoa! New Layout!

I'm not a gib naf... er (wth?).. big fan of Kravitz, but I don't dislike him either.

Sue said...

Ah, I also see my old blog has been nixxed from the sidebar. I wonder, if I made new devoted reader badges... wait.. that requires work. And I'm cluttering up your comment box... ttyl, Jim.

jtj3 said...

Dan thanks for the tip--I'll have to go back and check that first album out!, Sue...I've got artists I feel the same way about. Taste in music is very individual.

Oh and re: new layout--uh, probably going to change it again soon as I like its predecessor better. Now that your new blog is up, I'm going to add it back to my blogroll and give you some linky love...