Tuesday, July 22, 2008

637. Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule (1989)

Track Listing

1. Sittin' On Top Of The World
2. Let Love Rule
3. Freedom Train
4. My Precious Love
5. I Build This Garden For Us
6. Fear
7. Does Anybody Out There Even Care
8. Mr Cab Driver
9. Rosemary
10. Be
11. Blues For Sister Someone
12. Empty Hands
13. Flower Child


It is not that the album sound bad, it is not that the tracks aren't sing-alongable, it is not that that it particularly annoys me, but it is the fact that the album is coming about 20 years too late that doesn't make it that great an album.

The word derivative seems like the least that can be said about the album. Very little here is original, the twists on the tracks don't bring anything new, they are exercises in run of the mill music from the late 60s early 70s.

The lyrics aren't that impressive but it would still get a 9 if it had been done 20 years earlier. There is nothing wrong with bucking the music trend of the late 80s into something more retro, but at least bring something new into it. Lenny doesn't and that's a pity as there was potential here.

Track Highlights

1. I Build This Garden For Us
2. Let Love Rule
3. Mr. Cab Driver
4. Sitting On Top Of The World

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Then-wife Lisa Bonet wrote the lyrics to "Fear" and co-wrote the lyrics on the song, "Rosemary".

Let Love Rule reached #61 on the Billboard 200, eventually going gold in the U.S., while it peaked at #56 on the UK Album Chart. As of November, 2002 the album has sold 860,000 units in the US.(based on mtv.com sales numbers from Nielsen soundscan)

I Build This Garden For Us:


Anonymous said...

Hmmm, yeah...Lenny was a bit of a disappointment. Derivative is the only way to describe his career and I'm really not sure why this is in the book. Jimi is so good, why would you make do with Lenny? Without the good producing he would sound just like any other music shop maestro.

Anonymous said...

Maybe because he took the Todd Rundgren/Paul McCartney route and did this all himself. Unless you count that Cosby kid.

Francisco Silva said...

Wizard: So did many other people like Prince for example. And some of them are talented like Rundgren and some ain't, and are unoriginal and derivative like Kravitz.