Black And White America CD (2011)

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label Roadrunner Records/wea
SKU 223271961
UPC 016861770426
UPC 14 00016861770426
Format CD
Release Date 8/30/2011
Links
Author Lenny Kravitz
Compilation Appearance Blue Crush
Compilation Appearance Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Blueprint 2.1 (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
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 WILDHEART(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance WILDHEART(Explicit Version)
Associated Artist/Work Avicii
Associated Artist/Work McKagan, Duff
Technical Info
Engineer Craig Ross; Tom Edmonds
Producer Lenny Kravitz
CatalogID 1686177042
Lable Name Roadrunner Records
Released 08/19/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 66m : 11s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00016861770426
Musical Guests
Jay-Z
DJ Military
Drake
Album Notes and Credits
Lyricist: Lenny Kravitz.
Personnel: Craig Ross, Alex Alvarez (programming).
Audio Mixers: Craig Ross; Lenny Kravitz; Tom Edmonds.
Recording information: Gregory Town Sound; Studio Noir.
Photographer: Mathieu Bitton.
Arranger: Lenny Kravitz.
Lenny Kravitz has walked the musical line between Black and White America ever since 1989, when he cannily crafted his persona through strands of Prince, Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, John Lennon, and Jimi Hendrix. Kravitz has never been shy about his colorblindness but the very title of Black and White America suggests that he may finally be getting political, something he's avoided outside of the occasional free love platitude. Naturally, this isn't quite the case. Certainly, there are hints of politics flowing throughout the album, but Kravitz is never about detail -- he's about big bright broad strokes, a skill that's on prime display here. Unlike the monochrome It Is Time for a Love Revolution, Black and White America pulsates with color and texture, playing somewhat as a return to his one-man band hippie fantasias. If anything, this is looser than Let Love Rule and Mama Said and more forward-thinking too, the Mayfield-isms offset by heavy synthesizers and dance beats, the overall package bearing a modernist snap to its retro revivalism. Even with that stylized flair and cameos from Jay-Z and Drake, Black and White America never quite feels like it belongs to 2011; it seems as fuzzy and analog as its cover photo of a young Kravitz, which is of course a large part of its appeal. Kravitz's greatest gift is how he evokes different eras through his sonic synthesis, and he's let that gift slide slightly as he's emphasized guitars over the studio. Here, he reverses that dynamic, playing the studio like the virtuoso that he is, and he's come up with his best record in years, a shamelessly enjoyable piece of aural candy. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.68) - "[H]e deftly keeps the mood shifting....Kravitz is most gripping at his most personal..."
Disc 1
1 Black and White America
2 Come on Get It
3 In the Black
4 Liquid Jesus
5 Rock Star City Life
6 Boongie Drop
7 Stand
8 Superlove
9 Everything
10 I Can't Be Without You
11 Looking Back on Love
12 Life Ain't Ever Been Better Than It Is Now
13 Faith of a Child, The
14 Sunflower
15 Dream
16 Push
Product Attributes
Artist Kravitz,Lenny
Music Format Compact Disc
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