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Baptism (2004)

Artist: Lenny Kravitz
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Format: CD
Sku: 61004748
UPC: 724358414523
UPC 14: 00724358414523
Release Date: 5/18/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Minister Of Rock 'N Roll ~ Lenny Kravitz
2. I Don't want To Be A Star ~ Lenny Kravitz
3. Lady ~ Lenny Kravitz
4. Calling All Angels ~ Lenny Kravitz
5. California ~ Lenny Kravitz
6. Sistamamalover ~ Lenny Kravitz
7. Where Are We Runnin'? ~ Lenny Kravitz
8. Baptized ~ Lenny Kravitz
9. Flash ~ Lenny Kravitz
10. What Did I Do With My Life? ~ Lenny Kravitz
11. Storm - (with Jay-Z) ~ Lenny Kravitz
12. Other Side, The ~ Lenny Kravitz
13. Destiny ~ Lenny Kravitz
Baptism marks the first new collection of original material from Lenny Kravitz since 2001's Lenny, and is being hailed as his most accomplished album to date. Baptism features 13 original songs, including the album's debut single," Where Are We Runnin'?". Recorded over the last year, Kravitz wrote, produced, arranged and performed all of the tracks on the album. He also played a majority of the instruments featured on the release, including bass and drums, in addition to the guitar. On Baptism, Kravitz has created an album that is soulful, yet still resonates with its powerful chords, and anthemic hooks and melodies. The end result is a testament to his career as an artist, songwriter and producer.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Lenny Kravitz (vocals, guitar, bass, drums).
Muze PNote Personnel: Lenny Kravitz (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, Mellotron, synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, drums, timpani, wood block, hand claps); Lenny Kravitz (bass instrument); Henry Hirsch (piano, bass instrument, drums); David Whyko, Norma Rodgers, Uncle Bruce, Uncle Craig, Tyra Alston, Uncle Hans, Denine LaBat (hand claps); Tawatha Agee (background vocals); Jay-Z (rap vocals); Craig Ross (guitar, electric guitar, piano, drums, tambourine); David Sanborn (saxophone); David Baron (baritone saxophone).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Lenny Kravitz; Henry Hirsch.
Muze PNote Recording information: Circle House Studios; Edison Studios; Roxie Studios.
Muze PNote Photographer: Mark Seliger.
Muze PNote Arranger: Lenny Kravitz.
Muze PNote In the lyrics of "California," Lenny Kravitz tells the tale of a girl he met as a youth, who played him recordings of "Who, Zeppelin, Beatles, Kiss, and the Rolling Stones." If Prince, Hendrix, and a few 1970s one-hit wonders had been added to the list, this might have been a tidy description of the sounds emanating from BAPTISM. Of course, Kravitz has always been much more than the sum of his influences. By taking the sound, energy, and attitude of classic rock and combining it with just the right dose of 21st-century urban music, the one-man band pays homage to pop history while creating something of his own. Here, he's unusually reflective and self-referential, repeatedly returning to themes of loneliness, dissatisfaction, and uncertainty about his life choices. Of course, this is no somber folk album, so fans can be assured that each track on BAPTISM rocks in Kravitz's trademark spare, blazing, guitar-driven style.

Producer: Lenny Kravitz; Lenny Kravitz

Engineer: Cyrille Taillander; Henry Hirsch; Henry Hirsch; Cyrille Taillander

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Jay-Z
Muze Guest Artist David Sanborn

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Blue Crush
Muze Music Compilations Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary Rock
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint (Collector's Edition)(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations Power Of Soul:tribute To Jimi Hendrix
Muze Music Compilations Wildheart
Muze Music Compilations WILDHEART(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations WILDHEART(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

McKagan, Duff

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/17/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CDVUS 252
Music Label Name Label : Virgin
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724358414523

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.86)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "BAPTISM makes the case that it's the music, not the stardom, that ultimately matters....Uplifting..."

Q (p.118)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "'Sistamamalover' and the fantastically un-ironic 'Minster Of Rock'N'Roll are crass, brash, open freeway excess at its best."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Kravitz,Lenny
Product attributeLabel:   Virgin Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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