Lenny Kravitz - Greatest Hits
By Matthew S. Robinson [03-25-2001]
Artist: Lenny Kravitz
Title: Greatest Hits
After five albums worth of taking the best of the Old Schools of rock, funk, jazz, blues and his many other notable influences, the former Mr. Bonet shows his own stuff and takes from it for this strong compilation. Thankfully eschewing the trend of making a "GH" package the entrée for a slew of new material that just can't wait for the next album, Kravitz offers only "Again," an anthemic pounder which, like so many of his other songs, is hook-heavy and a bit repetitive and for which Kravitz diligently handles much of the orchestration and performance himself. Among these other, more authentic "hits" are the locally-spawned "Fly," the anti-Who charge "Rock and Roll is Dead," and the Kiss-ed-off racial profile of "Mr. Cab Driver." From the early soul of "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" to the repress-requesting remake of "American Woman," Greatest Hits is very much what it says, at least more so than many of its synonymed shelf-mates.
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