EMI MUSIC GERMANY GMBHCO.KG
Release Date: 17.05.2004
Lenny Kravitz is one of the most outstanding rock musicians and an icon of our time. An artist who with his powerful, distinctive sound all barriers - has long since left behind - whether genre, style, race or origin concerning. Since time immemorial, his music is rich with influences of soul, rock and funk of the 60s and 70s, and yet they always gives also the spirit of the present term. This document Lenny's six previous studio albums. That his songs lost none of its freshness, but which have survived years, proven by Kravitz ' "Greatest Hits" album in October 2000. "Baptism" is now available at the seventh studio album by the exceptional artist, began his career fifteen years ago. "Let Love Rule" (1989) was the first work, now come full circle. Lenny Kravitz: ". It's really crazy, man, but somehow I got my first album again included From the feeling
everything is as it was then, as if nothing has changed in all these years!"
Lenny's music abounds formally before force and is driven by a deep emotion that comes into polynuclear riffs and strikingly robust vocal expression. From the beginning
and with each album Kravitz has his sound always defined anew, parallels to past and repetition avoided. "Without explicitly to pay attention", as the artist explains. "It happened really quite unconsciously. If one thing is finished, I just want to leave for pastures new and do nothing again."
A setting which makes Lenny Kravitz 'work so unique. Is also without his track record: Each of his previous albums reached platinum or double platinum status! In the period from 1999 to 2002 took Lenny beyond four consecutive Grammy
in the category "Best Male Rock Vocal Performance" (with the singles "Again", "American Woman" Fly Away "and" Dig In "), setting a new record - never in the history of the Grammy was ever an artist Kravitz finally been nominated for such a long period of time nearly as successful. the fifth time Grammy with the single "If I Could fall In Love" from the last album, "Lenny" (2003). also on the successes of others has been and Lenny Kravitz involved. ennoble His credits the works of artists such as Madonna, Slash, Jay-Z, NERD, P. Diddy and many other illustrious names.
As generally all outstanding works also rooted "Baptism" in the personal experience and a particular way of life of the artist. While Kravitz had worked in the early months of last year in Miami still at a purebred Funk album, made a trip to his hometown New York, where Lenny had lived a long time, for a surprising turn. Because it awakened the memories of those days in which he as an aspiring young musician working on his acclaimed debut album "Let Love Rule" and laid the foundation for his career. "Ultimately, it is the life indeed for changes", Lenny Kravitz looks back, "but that special feeling from that time I missed really. I went back and forth through the streets of New York and felt just like 15 years ago!"
But it was not just nostalgia that discovered Kravitz - the journey paved the way back to simplicity. Lenny: "When I came back to Miami, I grabbed my acoustic guitar and just started playing The ideas just poured out of me ...." And they took in the studio quickly contours. "I felt instinctively that I had to bring to an end later this thing now, not. So I do not have long thought, but let the imagination run wild." The radio album could wait.
With "Baptism" learns Lenny Kravitz its rebirth. The circle of his previous musical work closes and a new chapter begins. Based on powerful rock'n'roll, lashing riffs and candid texts puts Lenny remains a very personal work, which appeals to the basic values of life. Equipped with all the maturity that Kravitz appropriated during his many years of artistic creation, the music makes its way all by themselves - straightforward and unfussy.
Written and finished in Studio Lenny Kravitz won the album over the past year. "Everything went almost automatically," he recalls. "Without a draft text I wanted to take just a little song to make me of the song to better identify. Suddenly I had finished the lyrics in my head and a little later on tape. It was a very open development process." Except for the string parts and the saxophone Lenny Kravitz has played all the instruments himself on "Baptism" - from the sharp bass lines, over the heavy drums, to the edgy guitar riffs. Although Lenny instrumental versatility is one of the most underrated aspects of his work, but turns out just to "Baptism" as virtually inexhaustible source of energy.
As first single from the new album will be released with "Where Are We Runnin '?" An extremely dynamic song that is based entirely in the style of Lenny Kravitz on furious guitar and the blues influences of old soul greats. Thundering drums make the beginning, the end marked a swirling piano solo in the best rockabilly style - a hearty all in all piece Rock'n'Roll! In "Lady" sparked Kravitz hand a fire of love, lust and passion that begins in the old-school sound, but is increasingly being fueled by Southern-rock sounds and Lenny's distinctive vocals. Finally, in excessive speed Highway Number 1 along it goes with "California" - West Coast-feeling! "That's exactly what this song is about," says Lenny Kravitz. "Everything revolves around Los Angeles and what I experienced as a child there. Very funny, the whole thing."
This track Kravitz looks back on his childhood, when he moved at the age of 11 years from New York to Los Angeles. The decisive factor was his mother, the actress Roxie Roker, who took over the role of Helen in the hit US sitcom "The Jeffersons" (starting 1975) the role offer. "It was pure culture shock," said Lenny recalls. "Growing up in New York, you are very independent and can move freely in Los Angeles you stand up suddenly empty streets and get nowhere -.. Unless your mom drives you" But L.A. is also the place where Lenny Kravitz discovered his love for rock and roll. "I visited the John Adams Junior High School in Santa Monica in New York I have come in contact thanks to my parents with R'n'B, funk, jazz, gospel and blues, in LA came the rest:. Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Aerosmith
, Jimi Hendrix - and skateboards ".
While some of the songs from the new album Lenny wearing typical handwriting of the artist with the other hand proposes an entirely new, unexpected direction. In "Storm", for example, worked with Jay-Z of the absolute superstar of hip-hop with the Lenny in the work "Blueprint 2.0" at its studio album - together they played the track "Guns Roses - Never before "a. Had met" was ever a rapper participated in one of my songs, "says Kravitz," but in 'Storm' I knew that this would do the number good "was quickly via phone contact. . produced and Jay-Z
told immediately "He has musically really quite something on it," says Lenny "Jay listened to the song first few times, and then took him to finish - a take enough".
Buoyed by its tremendous success as a musician Lenny Kravitz was his creativity now express in other sectors. So he founded with Roxie Records, dedicated (distributed by Warner), to promote the memory of his deceased mother in December 1995, a record label young, promising talents. But even outside the music business Lenny is active. With his consulting firm Kravitz designs he works, for example, in large-scale interior projects and is responsible for such design and features a recording studio responsible, which is set up in the penthouse of the Setai Hotel in Miami. There are also various cinematic excursions. Currently, Lenny Kravitz is responsible employed as a director, producer and screenwriter with a largely based on his own life movie.
The unique center Lenny's artistic creation and remains the music as "Baptism" impressively proves. The release of his seventh studio album now is an occasion more to look back at the beginnings of his career for Lenny Kravitz. "Even before I was busy with my first album 'Let Love Rule', I have spent much time to think about which way I would go. It was in a way the search for an identity. I worked under the synonym Romeo Blue and thought the name would perfectly represent a particular image. Such considerations are simply a part of self-awareness and personal development. Ultimately, you are only pretending to be something you're not. It was a salutary experience, me about to be clear. with 'Let Love Rule' has then everything suddenly changed for me. Suddenly I knew where I belong, where my musical destiny lies. That came from all alone. And in 'Baptism' it was just like the time . the fact to return at this point, is an indescribable feeling, and I think the new album gives the expression! "
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