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Strut Album Review

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Lenny Kravitz is back with his 10th Studio Album entitled “Strut” which is a follow up to his prior release “Black and White America”. This album is the the first release on Kravitz’s own Roxie Records, with distribution by Kobalt Label Services. The four-time Grammy winner has sold more than 38 million records worldwide and was signed to his first label, Virgin Records, for over 20 years. “Black and White America”, his last album, was released through Roadrunner/Atlantic in 2011 and sold 61,000 to date in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. With a precise 12 track album, it is just enough room to clear the foggy air of any doubt about whether Kravitz music still speaks to the ages. While filming the movie, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” he created all the music that came to his mind. In this new album, he is very specific and blatant to the track names, and lyrics. Kravitz brings his strong, authentic vocals, paired to his dramatic, guitar-strumming and band in the background. In songs like, “New York”, he proclaims to the world, that the city that is often unfair to the free-spirited, still holds the key to his heart. The song is upbeat with a funky guitar and two-step rhythm, assisted by a heavy horn on the hook. “Dirty White Boots”, is a “after the kids are sleep” groove as it features a heavy guitar and drums presence as Kravitz sings over the track, Put a record on/ Put your dirty white boots on/ C’mon, You know you turn me on in your dirty white boots, complete with a guitar riff at the end. Lenny wrote every song on the album except the last song “Ooo Baby Baby” which is a remake of the classic song by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’. As Kravitz passionately lays out the lyrics, he does the song justice in his own way. It’s an easy listen that isn’t overdone. I’d say listen and enjoy, I could only wait to hear this album live in Concert.

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