Lenny Kravitz, Strut (Roxie)

 |   |  <1 min read

Lenny Kravitz: Happy Birthday
Lenny Kravitz, Strut (Roxie)

With two new Prince albums, the reissue of two Hendrix albums (Cry of Love, Rainbow Bridge) and the next installment of Hunger Games pending (in which continues his role as Cinna), it seems timely to mention Lenny Kravitz, a man whose musical career often seems incidental to his image.

You would rarely accuse him of originality and his reference points remain somewhere between Hendrix, Prince, Eighties stadium rock-pop and lyrics which have a lot of “get it on” and sexual suggestion.

Although on Dirty White Boots lines like “take your knickers down and give me that treasure” come up a little light on innuendo.

Kravitz has long been a purveyor of the obvious, whether it be in his musical influences (here extending to Heart of Glass-cum-funk on the disco groove of The Chamber and New York City, and a cover of Smokey Robinson's soul ballad Ooo Baby Baby) or his cover art (abs and tats, leather pants).

That said, you have to admire the whole tongue-in-chic of it all, and the soul/hard rock wheel doesn't actually need reinventing.

Pull your dancing shoes on, wave the cellphone for the ballad She's a Beast and singalong to canyon-wide choruses.

Teflon but fun.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Cat Power: Sun (Matador)

Cat Power: Sun (Matador)

On the haunting Human Being here, a slinky electronica-driven piece which slides under the skin and into the subconscious, Cat Power -- out from under the cloak of bankruptcy and a broken... > Read more

Human Instinct: Peg Leg (Rajon)

Human Instinct: Peg Leg (Rajon)

As interesting for its back-story as the contents, this period piece has been rescued from dusty vaults. Auckland band Human Instinct scored with a couple of much sought-after classic Kiwi rock... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SKIP SPENCE: Oar in dark water

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . SKIP SPENCE: Oar in dark water

Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd and Roky Erickson of Thirteenth Floor Elevators don't own the category of "mad Sixties acid casualty" exclusively. Alexander Spence -- aka Skip Spence... > Read more

Roger McGuinn: The Byrd who can't fly from his past

Roger McGuinn: The Byrd who can't fly from his past

The backstage meet'n'greet is usually an uncomfortable if not dire affair. Record company types, tour managers, promoter's flunkies and various levels of B-grade guests -- such a myself -- mill... > Read more