Robin non-member

Buy New

Includes FREE MP3
version
of this album.
or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
$1.82 + $3.99 shipping
Sold by goHastings.

or
 
   
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Black and White America

Lenny KravitzAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Price: $9.00 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
 : Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
   Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, Aug. 1? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to music library.

Amazon's Lenny Kravitz Store

Music

Image of album by Lenny Kravitz

Photos

Image of Lenny Kravitz

Videos

"Stand" Official Video

Biography

LENNY KRAVITZ
BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA

For his ninth album, Lenny Kravitz found much of his inspiration close to home. In fact, the very spirit of BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA came from the locations in which the music was made—from a tiny, 400-person community in the Bahamas to the streets of Paris. And out of his experiences as a true citizen of the planet, his first new songs in ... Read more in Amazon's Lenny Kravitz Store

Visit Amazon's Lenny Kravitz Store
for 109 albums, 12 photos, videos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Includes FREE MP3 version of this album Here's how (restrictions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

Black and White America + It Is Time For A Love Revolution + Baptism
Price for all three: $24.23

Buy the selected items together



Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B0055EDBIE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Black and White America
2. Come On Get It
3. In The Black
4. Liquid Jesus
5. Rock Star City Life
6. Boongie Drop
7. Stand
8. Superlove
9. Everything
10. I Can't Be Without You
11. Looking Back On Love
12. Life Ain't Ever Been Better Than It Is Now
13. The Faith Of A Child
14. Sunflower
15. Dream
16. Push

Editorial Reviews

For his ninth album, Lenny Kravitz found much of his inspiration close to home. In fact, the very spirit of Black and White America came from the locations in which the music was made from a tiny, 400-person community in the Bahamas to the streets of Paris. And out of his experiences as a true citizen of the planet, his first new songs in three years became the most personal and diverse collection of his career. "No doubt, my environment definitely lends a lot to the creative process," he says.


Black and White America was written in reaction to a documentary Kravitz saw about racism in the post-Obama United States. Amidst the defiant lyrics, the songwriter references his own family history, and the experiences of his parents as an interracial couple in the 1960s. Though the sonic emphasis of Black and White America may land squarely on the funk, the force behind such guitar-driven smashes as "Fly Away" and "Are You Gonna Go My Way" hasn't turned his back on rock. Songs like "Rock Star City Life," and the first single, "Stand," give the album a healthy dose of crunching riffs.
The overwhelming emotion on Black and White America is the feel of optimism, faith and hope.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THREE REASONS TO BUY THIS MUSIC August 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Dear Music Appreciator,

Here are three reasons to buy this music:

1. You don't mind a little message with your music - artists that imbue their music with explorations of racial, social, and political issues fascinate and challenge you and you would rather hear something with some brains behind it than the flavor of the week trying to burn some sickly catchy beat into your brain that you will love at first and later wish you'd never heard after the one hundred thousandth time you hear it. In other words, you don't waste your money on cotton candy at the fair.

2. You are the kind of person who really appreciates Marvin Gaye and James Brown. You are the kind of person who likes to get funky. You are the kind of person who dances around the room with headphones on, not earbuds, but headphones, real headphones, like shut out the world on the subway headphones that you can hear music really well in - you may have a room-dancing con headphones moment or two with this album - you might even buy this album on vinyl, I don't know.

3. You have the intelligence and the patience to realize that although you might be all excited and dancing with the first track of a new album and then get a little bored and maybe even fall asleep on the couch because it's too late at night, if you listen to some albums over and over again they will eventually come alive for you in a meaningful way and you will be glad you stuck with it. Some of the best music has to grown on you awhile before it sticks.

BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA will stick if you give it a chance.

Sincerely,

Constant Listener
Was this review helpful to you?
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a Chance September 7, 2011
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard 5, back in 9th grade, I hated it and had buyer's remorse. Then it grew on me and became an album that has defined a period of my life, a classic, an album that brings back memories and emotions that I felt back in high school. I felt the sameabout this new record. I had buyers remorse and was ready to hang it up, but then, guess what? It grew on me and more and more I started liking the new songs. You have to give Lenny's music a chance, he is very creative and we are not used to that in the USA. We like songs and artists who fit in boxes. Lenny can not fit in a box. The man is too big.

LENNY!!!!!
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get It, Got IT, ITs Soooo Good September 8, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow, nothing beats new music from one of your favorite artist. Nothing except when it is a great release filled with an eclectic set of tunes with sharp lyrics, wonderful riffs, and more quality then you could have hoped for. For me this is exactly what happened with this purchase. Song after song, I couldn't help but love them. Whatever your doing (living on a beach in the middle of nowhere) it's working Lenny! This could quickly become my favorite album that you have ever release. I strongly recommend this to anyone who likes good rock and roll, this album is fantastic.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars: Better late than never, I suppose. October 23, 2011
By Manuel
Format:Audio CD
I'll keep this review short and to the point since others have gone into much further detail regarding Lenny's latest release. This is quite simply his best effort to date and most likely the one album that folks like myself who weren't all that much into him from the beginning won't mind having in their collections for good. 'Black and White America' is the sound of an artist who has greatly matured in terms of delivering songs that actually have something worthwhile to say and music that's very much on point and bears repeated listenings. Took him long enough to live up to the promise he showed back when he first came on the scene in the late '80s, but he finally does so here. I only wish his previous label would've thoroughly scrapped 'Baptism' in favor of this much superior and truly definitive piece of work when they had the chance to do so at the time. At the very least, it would've placed Lenny in FAR better standing with both fans and critics alike.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black and White America- A Winner!! October 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album by Lenny Kravitz is his strongest album to date. The album abounds with catchy melodies that have strong hooks. The album combines a rock and funk style with a variety of other influences that keep the listener engaged.

In case you are interested,there are at least 3 different versions of this album that I know of. The regular USA version, the import deluxe version, and the Target version. I have the 2 cd Target version which comes in a thick digi pack with a second disc containing 6 bonus tracks.

If you like James Brown,Jimmi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Costello,Rick James, and Sean Paul, I believe you will like this album.I seem to hear all of these influences in this collection of first rate material.

This is one of the best albums to come out this year. It will appeal to music fans who like catchy melodies with a rock-funk edge, strong hooks, interesting lyrics.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half-good, Half-not so good March 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'd really like to give this 2.5 stars, but will settle on 3 since that is defined as "It's OK". That's exactly how I feel about B&W America. It's OK. About half the album is good Lenny Kravitz and the other half sounds like he's coasting. And this is coming from a guy that usually enjoys Kravitz and will defend him to those that dismiss him as a copycat or unoriginal. I'll probably still buy the next Kravitz album - this one didn't disappoint me enough to turn me off of Lenny forever, but he'd better really kick the jams next time.
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST LENNY EVER!!!!!
I have been a HUGE fan of Lenny Kravitz for 15 years ... and yet he chooses NOW to release the very best album of his entire career! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Isaiah Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Love him
Who doesn't love Lenny Kravitz. His music is fantastic and this cd is exactly what you would expect from someone so talented
Published 9 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars good job
Another strong outing for Lenny. Couple of excellent and couple of skippable songs but overall very good and recommended. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Sasic
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Side of Lenny Kravitz
I was excpecting a typically great rock & roll album, but wow what a change! Black & White America shows an R&B side of Lenny. Read more
Published 13 months ago by measkinny1
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
I am a Lenny fan and I enjoyed this but not as much as I felt I could have. Lenny has lost some of his creative juices from a few years ago.
Published 20 months ago by MajinRLSJr
5.0 out of 5 stars Black and White America
We bought this for our daughter last Christmas. She loves the music and would recommend it to anyone. Good buy.
Published 20 months ago by Cade
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD Purchase!
I love this CD...it is one of the best Lenny Kravitz CD's to date. If you like his music you won't be
disappointed!
Published 21 months ago by rpower
1.0 out of 5 stars I give up
I *AM* the Charlie Brown of Lenny Kravitz fans in that I keep buying his cd's, believing the hype and his claims in interviews that he has returned to form, back to the more "old... Read more
Published 24 months ago by zlh67
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Amazing Effort From Mr. Kravitz
Seriously, Lenny Kravitz is the most underrated rock artist of the last 20 years. "Black and White America" just happens to be little reminder of why he is still rocking out after... Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by CJ
3.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Effort All Around. It Ain't Ever Been Better...
His ninth record to date, Kravitz wrote, recorded, and produced `Black and White America' himself mostly at his home studio in Miami as well as various locations throughout the... Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by Andrew J. Bernardin
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Look for Similar Items by Category