Baptism CD (2004)

Artist: Lenny Kravitz

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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.


Label Virgin Records
SKU 61004748
UPC 724358414523
UPC 14 00724358414523
Format CD
Release Date 5/18/2004
Author Lenny Kravitz
Compilation Appearance Blue Crush
Compilation Appearance Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary Rock
Compilation Appearance Blueprint (Collector's Edition)(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Compilation Appearance Power Of Soul:tribute To Jimi Hendrix
Compilation Appearance Wildheart
Compilation Appearance Blueprint 2.1 (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance WILDHEART(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance WILDHEART(Explicit Version)
Associated Artist/Work Avicii
Associated Artist/Work McKagan, Duff
Technical Info
Engineer Cyrille Taillander; Henry Hirsch; Henry Hirsch; Cyrille Taillander
Producer Lenny Kravitz; Lenny Kravitz
CatalogID CDVUS 252
Lable Name Virgin
Released 05/17/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 59s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724358414523
Musical Guests
David Sanborn
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Lenny Kravitz (vocals, guitar, bass, drums).
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).
Audio Mixers: Lenny Kravitz; Henry Hirsch.
Recording information: Circle House Studios; Edison Studios; Roxie Studios.
Photographer: Mark Seliger.
Arranger: Lenny Kravitz.
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.
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."
Disc 1
1 Minister Of Rock 'N Roll
2 I Don't want To Be A Star
3 Lady
4 Calling All Angels
5 California
6 Sistamamalover
7 Where Are We Runnin'?
8 Baptized
9 Flash
10 What Did I Do With My Life?
11 Storm - (with Jay-Z)
12 Other Side, The
13 Destiny
Product Attributes
Artist Kravitz,Lenny
Label Virgin Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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