Release Date: Sep 23, 2014
Record label: Roxie Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, American Trad Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Rock & Roll
Say what you want about Lenny Kravitz, but he’s the only 50 year old man on the planet who can sing “Take your knickers down and give me that treasure” and get away with it. Actually, he doesn’t only get away with it; he makes it sexy, too. He makes it cool and fresh, anything but creepy. Such is what he croons on “Dirty White Boots”, the third track on his latest, excellent set, Strut.
There's always a fear factor when you press play on a beloved artist's late-catalogue release. Like they've lost themselves and started pandering to their "aging" fan base. On his 10th record, Lenny Kravitz isn't trying to reinvent himself. Great. He's Lenny Kravitz. He's always made slightly ….
The very title of Strut makes Lenny Kravitz's intentions for his tenth album plain: he wants to swagger, he wants to get off on his moves. To underscore the whole carnality of it, Kravitz calls the album's opening track "Sex," just the first song in a parade of pleasure, pain, and dirty white boots. Any of the attempted sociopolitical overtures of 2011's Black and White America have been abandoned, jettisoned along with the stylistic excesses that pumped that album to double-LP length.