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On the opening cut of Lenny Kravitz's latest album, Circus, the rock star falls just short of completely writing off his own existence. The song: "Rock and Roll Is Dead," a standard indictment of the fabled rock and roll lifestyle ("You're living for an image...you got five hundred women in your bed"). It's ironic, though, that Kravitz himself has always played rock star to the hilt--not in any gross display of decadence, but rather through his pronounced narcissism and pretentiousness. If rock and roll really is dead, surely the Lenny Kravitzes of the world would have slunk their way into extinction by now.

Kravitz's continued adherence to his ridiculous, often-parodied rock star stance is what makes him--even more than his decidedly retrograde music-- an anachronism. And while bands like Urge Overkill get away with Kravitz-like stud rock because they riff with their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks, Kravitz is all the more difficult to stomach because he's so lacking in irony.

If it's possible to separate the music from the silly rock star that created it (or if you actually dig Kravitz's pose), Circus turns out to be a better-than-average classic rock record. "Magdalene" bursts with as much melody and enthusiasm as Matthew Sweet power-pop; the mid-tempo "Can't Get You Off My Mind" sways like the country-flavored rock of the '70s; and "Don't Go and Put a Bullet in Your Head" is driven by a surprisingly nonretro drum machine beat.

Circus is interesting as well for its heavy religious content. Though Kravitz's hippified vision of world harmony goes back to his first single, 1989's "Let Love Rule," never has he sounded more overtly Christian than here on songs like "God Is Love" and "The Resurrection." Traditional Christians might find his mix of sexuality with religion offensive, and secular rock fans might find his beatitudes creepy. Still, if gangster rap or left-wing folk music are valid themes for pop music, there's certainly room as well for Kravitz's religious convictions and positive vibe. --Roni Sarig


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  1. Rock And Roll Is Dead 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Circus 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Beyond The 7th Sky 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Tunnel Vision 4:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Can't Get You Off My Mind 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Magdalene 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. God Is Love 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Thin Ice [Explicit] 5:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Don't Go And Put A Bullet In Your Head 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. In My Life Today 6:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. The Resurrection 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000W9V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 34-year old wallflower on December 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After finally discovering himself with 1993's ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY (not to mention a fair amount of critical respect), Lenny Kravitz didn't have much time to enjoy his newfound acclaim. His mother, actress Roxie Roker, was slowly dying of cancer. Furthermore, Lenny's outlook on the world had taken a turn towards the militant, bringing out an anger in his music we hadn't expected. That surprise no doubt had an effect on 1995's CIRCUS, which turned some people off with its more downbeat approach.
Probably the most damning was the Zeppelin-derived opener "Rock & Roll Is Dead", which really is a good rocker in the end, but people thought Lenny was contradicting himself when he put down the excess of rock stars, everything from drugs to groupies. After all, didn't Lenny's music come from a time when those things were used in abundance? Even so, the song still rocks to high heaven. The same goes for the funk-driven (if a little too James Brown-inspired) "Tunnelvision", "Magdalene" (Lenny's "Dancing Days", if you will) & "Thin Ice".
But with all the emotional turmoil in Lenny's life around the time of CIRCUS, a more introspective person emerged. The eerie title track (with its eyebrow-raising video), "Don't Go & Put A Bullet In Your Head", "In My Life Today" & the country-tinged "Can't Get You Off My Mind" demonstrate a Lenny starting to mellow out ever so slightly, even if it took a personal tragedy (his mother's death) to make that happen.
Religion also becomes a focal point on songs like "God Is Love", "Beyond The 7th Sky" & "Resurrection".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "subliminal102" on December 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
if theres one lenny album you need this is no doubt it. This one has it all melodys dark dirty riffs. The lyrics are both deep and compelling this shows a growth in his musical asperations as he shows in thin ice. he is compared to the likes of zepplin (not that i think they can be compared to anyone) and hendrix( RIP you taught us the art behind the guitar) but on all there albums it did not have the divesity of this a must buy! well done lenny classic up there with eletric lady land and led zepplin 2 rock hall of fame awaits you!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on April 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Of all of Lenny Kravitz' six studio album,this one-1995's "Circus" was the most shunned-critically and commerically
(it's his only album-excluding last year's "Lenny"-to not hit the million mark).It's not wonder why.This is the same guy who made joyous,"retro" gems such as "Let Love Rule","Stand By My Woman","It Ain't Over Till It's Over",and "Are You Gonna Go My Way".Then he turns around(in the public's eye) and makes dark
songs such as the uneven opener "Rock N Roll Is Dead" and "Don't Go And Put A Bullet In Your Head".They both had some dark,un-Lenny videos too.And "Circus" has a lot of curious religious references("Magdelene","God Is Love") which makes you go hmmm...
But it's not hard to tell why fans would be baffled with "Circus".By 1995,the then dreadlocked dyamno's life was falling apart.The grueling tour schudeles,his failed marriage to the beautiful actress Lisa Bonet,and most tragically,his mother
(Roxie Roker of "The Jeffersons")'s unfournate passing and his pain,confusion,anger,and remorse explains the uneveness of this album.In his 1999 "Behind The Music" segment,Lenny even called this album "weird".
But there's still some decent stuff on here.The country-influenced "Can't Take You Off Of My Mind" and the funky "Tunnel
Vision" are enjoyable and less distrubing.
But yes,I found "Circus" very more intresting than good.
Every credible artist has a questionable album in their carrer and without a doubt "Circus" was Lenny Kravitz's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vincent M. Mastronardi on August 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Lenny really let it all go on this one. He still has a lot of that old sixties, seventies rock/soul influence in some of his music, but the message is darkly intelligent rather than all about peace, love and understanding. Lenny not only hits you off with an edgier and cooler sound than before, but makes an arty rock record on his own terms. This feels like his most unapologetic set ever, while others tried to focus on one area in music/life. It's freedom and it sounds great.
The beginning thoughtful rant of "Rock And Roll is Dead" is a great mix of that awesome guitar style along with a rocking drumbeat. The next single is another dark focus on life called "Circus", making the world seem like a gloomy sideshow. This is dark introspective rock and another 180 from "Let Love Rule". Despondent rock it's at finest with lighter alternative sounds. The next two great essentials are softer. The light country meets pop combo of "Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind" is one of his nice lost hits that really oozes love. Perhaps it's another attempt at Lisa Bonet or just lusting over a new girl. My favorite track wasn't a single at all but a cleaver commentary on young girl's thriving for fame in "Magdalene". This is a rocky midtempo number his most sharp and honest lyrics about a third party. Lenny can really do story telling and this proves it.
On top of all the moody rock tunes that make you think, there are a lot of religiously focused songs on this album. From the blatant "God Is Love" with a techno quality, not to mention big rock of "Beyond The Seventh Sky" to light acoustics of "Resurrection". This is a very soulful album although not in sound. The simple compositions with rock sounds are his most creative ever. It's not the easiest sell, but I think that it will be enjoyed by those with an open mind for new kinds of rock, not to mention deep thoughts.
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