Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Lenny Kravitz

  • Let Love Rule [Virgin, 1989] B-
  • Mama Said [Virgin, 1991] **
  • Are You Gonna Go My Way [Virgin, 1993] Dud
  • Circus [Virgin, 1995] Dud
  • 5 [Virgin, 1998] C
  • Greatest Hits [Virgin, 2000] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Let Love Rule [Virgin, 1989]
For a black Jewish Christian married to Lisa Bonet who overoveroverdubbed his Hendrix-Beatles hybrid himself, not bad. But that's a lot of marketing to live down. B-

Mama Said [Virgin, 1991]
don't think Hendrix-Beatles, think Prince-George Michael ("Fields of Joy," "Stand by My Woman," "Stop Draggin' Around") **

Are You Gonna Go My Way [Virgin, 1993] Dud

Circus [Virgin, 1995] Dud

5 [Virgin, 1998]
His racially convoluted formalism having long since come clean as a total absence of original ideas, he grabs the brass ring from the back of a tacked-on Guess Who cover best heard on the far more imaginative Austin Powers soundtrack. Lenny, your work here on earth is done. We've got Derek Jeter now. C

Greatest Hits [Virgin, 2000] Dud

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