Brothers & Sisters Join Hands

Let Love Rule turns 20 this year.  What?  It doesn’t seem possible that the debut album from the man once better known as the husband of Lisa Bonet and son of Roxie Roker could be up for a 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.

Indeed, Lenny Kravitz is now a brand unto himself.  For better or worse. 

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Last year’s It Is Time For A Love Revolution (his 8th studio album) hardly created a stir, but Kravitz fans can’t get enough of his live performances. 

His critics decry him as a fraud and unoriginal.  Seemingly, there is no middle ground when it comes to a discussion of Lenny Kravitz.

Which makes this week’s discussion of the importance of Let Love Rule on NPR’s All Songs Considered blog all the more fascinating. 

I agree wholeheartedly with Robin Hilton, who calls the record “an album of classic guitar rock, funk and soul” that was “an enormous breath of fresh air to me and everyone else who had had enough of (the music of) the ’80s.”

Listen to the solo acoustic, home-demo version of the title track available for streaming on the site.  Even in its rawest form, the song is impactful and truly fantastic.

Dismiss it if you like (as All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen does), but count me as one of those who still appreciates this album for what it was and is. 

I won’t even call it a guilty pleasure – just a solid reminder of an artist who had a shot at being transcendent (sorry Lenny, you failed there) while leaving behind some great, timeless anthems.

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~ by acm213 on April 29, 2009.

One Response to “Brothers & Sisters Join Hands”

  1. warts and all…count me in as kravitz fan.

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