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Format: CD
Sku: 223271961
UPC: 016861770426
UPC 14: 00016861770426
Release Date: 8/30/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
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 ~ (featuring Jay
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
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Lyricist: Lenny Kravitz.
Muze PNote Personnel: Craig Ross, Alex Alvarez (programming).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Craig Ross; Lenny Kravitz; Tom Edmonds.
Muze PNote Recording information: Gregory Town Sound; Studio Noir.
Muze PNote Photographer: Mathieu Bitton.
Muze PNote Arranger: Lenny Kravitz.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Lenny Kravitz

Engineer: Craig Ross; Tom Edmonds

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Jay-Z
Muze Guest Artist DJ Military
Muze Guest Artist Drake

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Aida
Muze Music Compilations Blue Crush
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Just For You
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music 1's
Muze Music Compilations Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary Rock
Muze Music Compilations The Best Of NOW That's What I Call Music - 10th Anniversary Edition
Muze Music Compilations Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint (Collector's Edition)(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 2.1 (Clean Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 2.1 (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Power Of Soul:tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Associated Artists and Works

Avicii
McKagan, Duff

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/19/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1686177042
Music Label Name Label : Roadrunner Records
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 : 00016861770426

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.68)
- "[H]e deftly keeps the mood shifting....Kravitz is most gripping at his most personal..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Kravitz,Lenny
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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