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Baptism

3.6 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews

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On Baptism, his seventh album, Lenny Kravitz writes, arranges, performs, and produces every track. The trouble with working alone is that there's little quality control; some of the songs here really could have benefited from a bit of that. Not to say that Baptism is a complete dud of an album, indeed, the worst thing about it is its awful cover. "California" has a catchy, power-pop bounce that's actually reminiscent of Fountains of Wayne, with its fuzzy guitars and handclaps, as well as its un-Kravitz-like short running time (just over two-and-a-half minutes). But then "Sistamamalover" veers deep into Prince territory, with a groove that's too contrived, too dull, and too long. And there's some of the self-indulgence of a satisfied, middle-aged rocker apparent on "Minister of Rock & Roll" and "I Don't Want to Be a Star" (it's easy to sing about wanting only "a Chevy and an old guitar" when you're living in a massive mansion). The best tracks are the most straightforward, fun ones: the aforementioned "California," the ZZ Top-inspired "Where Are We Runnin'?" and the Stones-sounding "Flash." Kravitz should loosen up more and leave the angst to the teenagers. --Robert Burrow
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0001XAMC2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I could easily just write the word "Awesome" and explain this cd thoroughly, but it deserves way more praise than that. I must say that Baptism is the album where Lenny comes back, and back with a vengance!!!! Every single song on this album really felt like he was singing from his heart, like the lyrics had meaning rather than just sounding good. Not only were the lyrics good, but also the music is just as good if not better! If every song were an instrumental, I'd enjoy it just as much. Although I am a little saddened that his former drummer Cindy Blackman is no longer part of his band, I must say the new band (including the back up singers) are great. The music was put together, written, aranged and performed greatly. The ballads were simple, but beautiful. Perhaps it is the simplicity, which made it so great for his ballad "Calling all Angels" track 4. It was pure and he wasn't trying so hard...it just came out simply sounding great. I also thought "Baptized" track 8 was a ballad that was written with feeling and soul.

Now on to my favorite part of this album.... the faster, more upbeat, ROCK n' ROLL songs!!! Tracks like "Lady", "Flash", "Where are we Runnin'" and "I Don't Want to be a Star" made me want to dance, move, tap my feet and slap the steering wheel while listening and driving! These were songs that truly brought us back to the true Lenny. Not so much cookie cutter...the Lenny we all love and going from tracks like "Minister of Rock n' Roll" to "Storm", really showed that diverse side of Lenny. He can easily go from Rock n' roll to a more r&b, hip-hop song; something only Lenny can do so graciously. The only negative thing in my opinion is that for "Storm", it would've been better without JayZ. I like JayZ and all but I really didn't see the need for him in this song.

Overall, this album is worth buying whether you are a Lenny fan or just a fan of good music.
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I picked this album up used at a record store for $6, and I think it's well worth it. I'd only heard "Lady" (pretty good) and "Where are we Runnin'?" (great), so I thought I'd get it. I like the album for about half the songs. I appreciate that Lenny does slow songs, but 6 out of 13 songs? I don't even find them very good slow songs. If they were good slow songs, I'd give this CD 5 stars, but no. The fast songs are really good, so why aren't the rest like that?

1. Minister of Rock 'N' Roll: 9.5/10 Perfect way to start the album.
2. I Don't Want To Be a Star: 7/10 I don't like his whiny voice in the intro and chorus, but the verses are good.
3. Lady: 8/10 Too long and repetitive, but the solo is cool.
4. Calling All Angels: 5/10 Ugh. Slow, boring, lame lyrics, too long, etc. Skip this track.
5. California: 9/10 Fun song, good tune to dance to.
6. Sistamamalover: 9/10: Nice funky feel to the song, but odd lyrics.
7. Where Are We Runnin'?: 10/10 Awesome. Heavy bass, heavy guitar, good verses.
8. Baptized: 7/10 Bad verses, good chorus.
9. Flash: 9.5/10 I love this song. Again, odd lyrics, but good.
10. What Did I Do With My Life?: 7/10 Lenny sounds like Elvis Costello in this song, but it doesn't help.
11. Storm: 9/10 Another funky song, but this has Jay-Z, so it's that much better.
12. The Other Side: 6.5/10 Wow. This sounds just like all the other piano ballads on this album.
13. Destiny: 6/10 Sub-par defines this song. Lenny with an acoustic guitar and a falsetto. Almost worse than it sounds.
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"Baptism" is certainly better then his last album "Lenny" there's more variety on it aswell. Lenny goes back to his older days with catchy guitar songs like "Minister Of Rock N Roll" But he also proves his lyrical skills and make some very soft ballads such as "Calling all Angels". There's plenty of trademark Lenny songs here too, like the singles released from the last 2 albums. Most of the songs are pleasant with a few exceptions but otherwise i think this is overall among the better Lenny albums. It proves maturity and musical skills, so all you doubters take a look.
The album starts with one of the best songs "Minister of Rock N Roll" which is both catchy and a great guitar song. Reminds me abit of classic stuff like "Are You gonna go my way". lenny defenitely wanted to show off what he's capable of. "Don't Wanna Be A Star" is a midtempo song where Rock Wannabe Pharell Williams appear. Yet another great guitar solo here. "Lady" is also a midtempo song, but it lacks a real hook. "Calling All Angels" is a beautiful piano ballad though, don't think i've heard Lenny like this before. It's deep and lyrically wonderful, a bit too long though. "California" is a trademark song, reminds me a bit of "Fly Away". "Sistamamalover" is good, a guiatar song that won't make any Lenny fan dissapointed. "Where are We Runnin?" it's so so, fast but we've heard it before. "Baptized" is one of many slow songs here, It's Romantic with good lyrics. "Flash" is one of my favorites, fast rock n roll song with good hook. "What Did I Do With My Life" and "Storm" are slow but forgettable.
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