Kravitz - Greatest Hits
Will I See You Again
Kravitz is one of the best and most important artists in music
today. He carries the flag for honest rock and roll, as well
as demonstrating unshakeable musical and moral integrity.
his songs deal with God and spirituality, love for oneself
as well as for your family and significant others, but he
has also tackled topics such as racism and the dangers of
technology overload. Kravitz is the neo-hippie for the 21st
who proclaimed "Let Love Rule" to the world right
at the end of the 80s, the decade of Reagan trickle-down economics
and yuppie greed. His voice has seemed at times like one of
the few sane ones in the musical mainstream amongst a wilderness
of depravity. In today's image-obsessed culture, his message
needs to be taken to heart by as many people as possible.
That's why it is so great to have this greatest hits package
which distills his first five albums, representing his first
decade plus of work, into one easily digestible hits package.
the perfect set for long-time fans who have liked his singles
on the radio and MTV but have never bought the albums. Likewise,
it's the perfect introductory album for a new generation of
essence of the man is all here, from the ultimate peace and
love anthem of "Let Love Rule", to the techno-futurism
of "Black Velveteen". There are the ones you'll
think of right away, like "Are You Gonna Go My Way?",
in which Kravitz assumes the voice of Christ; the ode to freedom
"Fly Away"; the desperate love song "It Ain't
Over Til It's Over", and his cover of the Guess Who's
"American Woman", originally done for the soundtrack
of Austin Powers:
The Spy Who Shagged Me.
are songs which are just as good if slightly lesser known,
like "Always On The Run" featuring a guitar solo
from former Guns 'N Roses lead guitarist Slash, whom Kravitz
went to high school with, the emotionally powerful song of
self-belief "Believe"; the anti-racism message of
"Mr. Cabdriver", and the commentary on the sex,
drugs and rock and roll lifestyle, "Rock and Roll Is
single "Again" is also on the album. While the song
is not as musically and lyrically powerful as his previous
work, it is a good song with a catchy chorus. It definitely
does not sound out of place in this collection.
reason this CD doesn't get a perfect rating is because it
seems a little indulgent at 15 tracks. It would have been
an even more powerful statement if it had been slimmed down
to 10 or 11 songs. Always leave the audience wanting more.
thing about Lenny Kravitz is that, barring tragedy, he is
only beginning his musical journey. He may have cut off his
dredlocks several years ago, but unlike Sampson, he didn't
lose his power with his hair. He is as creative and relevant
even better things from him in future years which will easily
fill a second Greatest Hits volume. The world waits anxiously.