ALBUM REVIEW : STRUT
Artist : Lenny Kravitz
Genre : Rock
Date Released : 2014
If you happen to admire the work that he did with “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” you will have lots of expectations in his new record. The first song “Sex” did not have the same fireworks he created with the aforementioned song but, nonetheless, it has an infectious beat in the middle of the song. It is a fusion of punk, rock, disco, and pop.
In “The Chamber,” he sounded like Daft Punk without Pharell Williams. But what struck me is the use of chord progression that this has some tune similar to what you hear in “The Love Boat” by Jack Jones. Unexpectedly, this is so pop when you compare this to his earlier works. In the song “Dirty White Boot,” he tried to create his own “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” seduction anthem, but the words he composed was so trite and it doesn’t need huge imagination that this song turns out to be a stripper song not a seduction song. His own homage to the city that never sleeps “New York City” characterizes what is lacking in the whole album. There is little passion in his vocal performance. The song has a good beat and lyrics but somehow you feel that he is quite bored singing this song.
“The Pleasure and the Pain” is probably his most boring song to date. The title alone is very cliché. Sheena Easton similarly title song “Strut” is more interesting to listen than Kravitz’s. “Frankenstein” could have probably destroyed the whole record had it been the first song in the record. There is a need for an explanation why use this monster to verbalize his longing for love. “She’s A Beast” is another boring song from him and it has the “beg and borrow” words in a homage for someone who made him alive.
“I’m A Believer” has a good musical structure and again wasted on trying hard to be anthemic lyrics. A sample of uninspired lyrics in this song goes like this:
I can feel it in my bones
I’m a believer
But I think I’ll do my thing
I’m a believer
You can skip “Happy Birthday” and stick to traditional birthday song. The lyrics are alright but the honky tonk sound is just too much too take. He could have fashion a more upbeat sound like what Madonna did in her “Birthday Song.” There is a certain hint of amusement with the song “I Never Let You Down.” You can treat it as a country song actually pretending as a rock song. The lyrics are so typical in country songs. This is the kind of lyrics you could possibly hear from Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, and other popular country singers:
But I’m trying to be a better man
I’ve got to hang on
Cause it ain’t about me baby
It is about us
Fortunately,” Ooo Baby Baby” and “Can’t Stop Thinking Bout You” are a pleasure to listen. He might not have the pipes of Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, but probably he can write in his next records Motown type songs with “do woop” factor.
I rate this record 3 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it