Lenny Kravitz

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Tom Doyle

★★ Raise Vi­bra­tion BMG. CD/DL/LP Eleventh, try-too-hard al­bum from dogged rock re­vival­ist.

The early prom­ise of Lenny Kravitz’s retro-record­ing/clas­sic tune­smith ob­ses­sions was quickly dimmed by di­ver­sions into trip hop and, by 2014’s Strut, a shuf­fle between glam rock and disco. Kravitz’s stylis­tic schizophre­nia re­mains on Raise Vi­bra­tion, whether in the early-‘80s elec­tro beats of Who Re­ally Are The Mon­sters? or the What’s Go­ing On moves of It’s Enough. Pro­duc­tion-wise, he’s on fairly safe ground, but it’s the for­mer’s plat­i­tudes (“The war won’t stop as long as we keep drop­ping bombs”) that set the lyri­cal tone, which reaches its nadir with the hec­tor­ing and hack­neyed one-world mes­sage of pi­ano bal­lad Here To Love (“We are just one hu­man race”). Even the back story of Johnny Cash – Kravitz being com­forted by the coun­try be­he­moth im­me­di­ately af­ter find­ing out his mother had died – is squan­dered on six min­utes of schmaltz.

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