Release Date: Feb 5, 2008
Record label: Virgin
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
Never let it be said that Lenny Kravitz lives in the past -- he knows that 2008 is all about the resurrection of Led Zeppelin, so he's constructed his eighth album, It Is Time for a Love Revolution, as a virtual tribute to the mighty Zep. Once he dispenses with the neo-title track -- a signature two-chord, fuzz-tone stomp recalling "Are You Gonna Go My Way" -- Kravitz turns his attention to a stack of old Zeppelin LPs, borrowing the close of "When the Levee Breaks" for the coda of "Bring It On," echoing "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" on "I Love the Rain," recycling the JB groove of "The Crunge" twice (once freshening it up with some Dirty Mind synth on "Will You Marry Me"), and then stitching together the verse of "Ramble On" and the chorus riff of "The Rain Song" for "If You Want It," all before inverting the "No Quarter" riff for the song's furious conclusion. Clever classicist that he is, Kravitz does all this without outright thievery, drawing knowing allusions to sacred texts and then meticulously constructing an album that feels and plays like an LP from the golden age of gatefolds.
Maybe he heard Esthero’s last album. Or he had another Lisa Bonet-like romance. But, I’ll be damned – Lenny Kravitz music matters again. We know Baptism just wasn’t very righteous, pretty much a career low. But It’s Time For A Love Revolution, his eighth LP, easily ranks among his highest ….
Three sure things in life: death, taxes, and the constancy of Lenny Kravitz’s Aquarian Age dreadlock rock. His infamous mane may be shorn, but the songs on It Is Time for a Love Revolution remain the same: guitar-heavy, psychedelic-swirly, and determinedly flower-powered. A bit of a lazy lyricist (”ready” and ”steady”? They rhyme!), Kravitz still knows how to turn it out musically.