Lenny Kravitz drops new album 'Raise Vibration': Listen
'Raise Vibration' marks Kravitz's eleventh studio album and is a follow up to 2014's 'Strut'. The album was produced by Lenny himself, who also plays most of the intruments.
Lenny Kravitz just dropped his eleventh studio album, 'Raise Vibration'. The new album marks Kravitz’ first new collection since 2014’s 'Strut', and arrives via Roxy/BMG.
The album, which was previewed by the single 'It's Enough', is a clear political statement with almost every track doubling up as an anthem against the Trump era. "People are standing up. I’ve had enough of racism. I’ve had enough of war. I’ve had enough of the destruction of the environment and the greed and dishonesty of world leaders. We’ve got to get back on track toward moving,” Kravitz said of the new album in a statement.
The second single from the album, 'Low', which came with an accompanying music video is a pulsating introspective composition dealing with the issue of preconceptions in the beginning of a relationship. It’s a funky cinematic groove layered with horns, strings and multi-layered vocals with some Michael Jackson vocal samples thrown into the mix.
The album is being received mostly favorably, with Rolling Stone awarding the album 3 stars out of 5 and calling it "Kravitz’s signature blend of rock and soul, love and social outrage, only this time with a little more bite." Paste magazine declared that 'Raise Vibration' straddles the "line between cheesy and unbelievably cool", with Kravitz "never convincingly staying on one side."
Spanning 12 tracks, Kravitz plays most of the instruments himself, as on most other albums, with longtime guitarist Craig Ross and keyboardist/orchestrator David Baron being the only collaborators. He also helmed in the production of the entire album, which also features the gentle piano ballad 'Here to Love', the Prince-era reminiscent, funky 'Who Really Are the Monsters?' and the deeply personal ode 'Johnny Cash'.
Spotify and Apple Music subscribers can listen to the full album below:
In support of 'Raise Vibration', Lenny will kick off the third leg of his 2018 world tour, which kicked off in Mexico, then into Europe where he played a series of arena and stadium shows. The U.S. leg will begin in Atlanta, GA on Sept. 21 and wraps up at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA, on Oct. 8. Find Lenny Kravitz's schedule of dates below. For tickets and more information, visit Lenny Kravitz's official website.
Lenny Kravitz 2018 Tour Dates:
September 21 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
September 22 Louisville, KY Bourbon & Beyond Festival
September 24 Washington, DC The Anthem
September 27 New York, NY United Palace Theatre
October 2 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center
October 4 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Center
October 6 Las Vegas, NV The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
October 8 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium