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Let Love Rule [Explicit Lyrics]

Lenny KravitzAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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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

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  • Audio CD (June 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000WH0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Lenny Kravitz made his debut album, he was known in select circles as the pierced, tattooed love boy of Lisa Bonet, the actress then riding high with a starring role on The Cosby Show. Kravitz turned out to be an artist in his own right, and a talented musician who wrote, produced, and played nearly all the instruments on Let Love Rule. He seems to know precisely what he wants to say on this album; trouble is, it's all been said before, by the likes of Prince, John Lennon, and Sly Stone. There is skill and craft at work here, but genuine inspiration is another matter. The thick patchouli scent around songs such as "I Build This Garden for Us," "Flower Child," and the title track is nearly suffocating, while the would-be protest anthem "Mr. Cab Driver" is rather undercooked. Overall, Kravitz's groovy love-generation vibe makes him rock's answer to Austin Powers. --Daniel Durchholz

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kravitz Debut May 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Lenny Kravitz's debut album was released in late 1989, but with its retro sounds, it could have easily have come out in 1972. Mr. Kravitz has never been shy about wearing his influences on his sleeve and Let Love Rule is full of homages to The Beatles, Prince, Elvis Costello and others. The album opens with the plucky "Sittin' On Top Of The World" and then moves into the title track which is a great song. The song starts off slowly with a strumming guitar and airy keyboard and then builds up into a frenzied ending. Mr. Kravitz was married to Lisa Bonet at the time of the recording (she shares songwriting credit on a song) and many of the songs like "My Precious Love", "I Build This Garden For Us" and "Flower Child" were obviously inspired and about their relationship. The album contains some good protest numbers like the pulsating "Mr. Cab Driver" which takes on discrimination, "Does Anybody Out There Even Care", the kinetic "Freedom Train" and the marvelous "Empty Hands". "Rosemary" may well be the best song on the album with its great lyrics and top notch vocal performance. Let Love Rule may sound like a hodgepodge of styles, but they all work together thanks to Mr. Kravitz's earnestness.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it, and it Rules. May 28, 2005
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
I became a Lenny Kravitz fan the moment I heard the song "Let Love Rule" back in 1989. I'm still a fan now, but I was obsessed with this debut and "Mama Said". He was even my first concert ever, though he opened for Tom Petty. Anyway, front to back this is one of his best, and he shows us right away that he can rock, and drop a nice slow song as well. After the title track, I especially like "I Built This Garden For Us", "Rosemary", "My Precious Love", and "Blues For Sister Someone". We also get a dose of spirituality on a few songs, like on the great "Empty Hands". I also own the LP of this, but it only has the first 10 tracks, so watch out for that. Much like The Black Crowes, Lenny wears his influences on his sleeve, but I wouldn't want it any other way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Lenny's first might have been his best, at least his earthiest. Raw is the one word I would use in reviewing this album. Raw by Lenny standards, that is. Of all the Kravitz, CDs, this is also his most complete. Other albums seem to lose direction and fizzle, sometimes wandering into weird R&B tunes, but this one still had my attention and my toes tapping clear through "Rosemary". This is probably his least popular project because it has no "Are You Gonna Go My Way" or "Fly Away" on it, but quality, not quanity, is the name of the game when you "Let Love Rule."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One man band evokes psychedelic funky vibe May 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Lenny has since made more polished work than this. He abandoned his all tube analog gear for a pro tools set up in the late 90s. This album none the less established who he is as a musician and songwriter. Sure he appropriates heavily from beatles, hendrix, sly stone, curtis mayfield, and others, but the way he reconstitutes the influences is pure lenny. perhaps his lyrics hark back to the naive hippy ethos, but isn't that a pleasant alterative the the burgeoning nihilism of the "everything sucks i should shoot heroin and blow out my brains" philosophy of grunge. kravitz advocates for love, tolerance, and understanding. does the fact that we have heard these messages before make them passe? jesus said "love thy neighbor." is his message irrelevant? the beatles sang "the word is love" and "all you need is love." Are these worn out cliches or immortal truths that can be reinterpreted in new ways for new generations. make up your own mind, but one thing is true - this is a great album!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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In the late 1980s, THE COSBY SHOW was the undisputed king of prime time TV & Lisa Bonet was one of its biggest stars. No doubt, her star status led to more than a little bit of condescension on the part of her new husband, musician Lenny Kravitz. The son of a TV actress (THE JEFFERSONS' Roxie Roker) himself, Lenny was just starting to even get a deal in the music business as THE COSBY SHOW was riding high in the ratings.
When his 1989 debut album LET LOVE RULE came out, musicgoers & critics had no idea quite what to make of this guy who quoted Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix & late-period Beatles as his influences, had dreadlocks for hair & just all around seemed like a leftover from 1969. Critics were the most savage in calling Lenny the "Cuisinart of rock & roll" for him handpicking certain retro sounds for his music. While they would soon come around, LET LOVE RULE in the end was a good way to debut, if not much else.
Lenny is still searching for his main line on this album & this is also when his preachiness is at its height (he would let up a little with time). The title track is the perfect example, but the song is really a great one, phasing techniques & all. This shows if Lenny had to be a Beatle, chances are his choice would be John Lennon more than Paul McCartney. The psychedelic vibe continues through "I Build This Garden For Us" (again the psychedelia can be a little overpowering) & "Flower Child".
Elsewhere, Lenny's got his Sly Stone & James Brown vibe working on "Freedom Train" (could have used some help in the lyric department), "Sittin' On Top Of The World" & "Does Anybody Out There Even Care".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great buy in great shape. Thanks.
Published 1 month ago by Jason Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars LetLove Rule...Vinyl
I love it
IS not New But it plays great
Iv'e been looking for this Record & I fanally found it
Thank-you so much & Let Love Rule
Published 17 months ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Love Rule by Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz can seemingly do anything~ sing, write, play guitar like no one's business. The LP, Let Love Rule, is fantastic and so is Lenny K.! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Karin Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Kravitz' Let Love Rule - Timeless Debut Worth Buying..again
by Christian LeFer, Jr. - Clearly, Lenny was destined for greatness with the release of his first album. Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by Christian LeFer
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Rocks !
This album rocks. I love the modern retro sound of Lenny's early work. Some of the tracks are reminiscent of what a modern Curtis Mayfield would sound like. Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by b0ll0cks
5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began
This is the album that sparked my love for Lenny Kravitz. I love it just as much now as I did so many years ago when it first came out. Great, timeless music.
Published on July 27, 2010 by Traveling Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Lenny Sittin' On Top Of The World
Being the husband of Cosby Show co-star Lisa Bonet was in fact probably one of the reasons why this album got as much attention as it did when it came out. Read more
Published on April 6, 2010 by Andre S. Grindle
3.0 out of 5 stars Authenticating
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Kravitz's retro-rock debut was not refined to the point of completely escaping caricature. Read more
Published on May 14, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Lenny
Good delivery no problems with order great price have been looking for this cd for awhile
Published on February 25, 2009 by Douglas Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome
Just pure honest rock n roll brimming with passion. The title track is just stunning. I Built This Garden For Us is another standout track. Read more
Published on November 30, 2007 by G. J Wiener
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