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Black And White America [CD]

Lenny Kravitz Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B0055EDBIE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,457 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 (Feat. Jay Z & Dj Military)
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 (Feat. Drake)
15. Dream
16. Push

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BBC Review

Right at the start of Black and White America, Lenny Kravitz puts himself into context. "In 1963 my [white] father married a black woman," he sings, on the album's title-track. "And when they walked down the street they were in danger." This, then, is clearly heartfelt - and, indeed, striking - stuff. Admittedly it's not quite as striking as the album's original working title, Negrophilia, but it is plenty striking enough.

Had Black and White America been released in the same season as Stevie Wonder's immense and almost untouchable 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life, then this may well be an album about which people would still be talking. Contained within are a number of expert and quite fantastic songs. Everything is a three-and-a-half minute dollop of exquisitely joyous pop music, featuring the kind of chorus that will stick in your mind from the moment it sings its first hello. Boongie Drop features the kind of funk that puts the listener in mind of the coolest corners in the busiest of cities on the hottest of nights. Elsewhere, the album's title-track is reminiscent of the aforementioned Stevie Wonder, not just in the yearningly harmonious nature of its lyric but also in the deftness of its execution. Combining a range of styles that spans soul music, hard rock and monster-balladry, all wrapped in the kind of songwriting nous that suggests the author is a man who is very good in bed, it's even fair to say that almost everything contained on Black and White America is most enjoyable indeed.

There is, though, the nagging sense that as proficient and occasionally delightful this album is, much of it is music about music. It may be true that when it comes to artists of his ilk there is nothing new under the sun, but even so the impression made by Black and White America is that what the listener is hearing is not much more than an expertly constructed facsimile. And while late at night, or in a club, this does little to diminish the power of the music on offer here, this nagging concern is nonetheless something that does haunt this album's sincere and rather chic soul.

--Ian Winwood

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  Il suo nono album è anche il suo primo dell’era Obama: lo ha intitolato come la storia della sua vita e lo ha suonato come la musica che ascoltava prima di trasformarsi da fan in rockstar. "Black and white America" parte deciso all’insegna della blacksploitation: la title track rievoca l’epoca e il mood di “Shaft” e di tanti b-movie che facevano la gioia di Tarantino, con quei giri di basso punteggiati da una sezione fiati - ora in sottofondo e ora in primo piano – che non molleranno facilmente: li ritroveremo un po’ ovunque, sia in quei pezzi di classico stampo pre-disco come “Superlove”, sia laddove Lenny recupera la sua vena rock – vedi “Come on get it”. In questo album Martin Luther King è l’icona in sottofondo, l’immagine che da sola ne sintetizza il tema conduttore. Il funk è il suo filo rosso, la spina dorsale ritmica e sonora che prende la responsabilità di relegare in secondo piano il rock analogico che ha fatto la fortuna dell’artista. Infine, il soul è l’attitudine. Kravitz la fa propria in maniera naturale, vive un soul totale che sa spaziare dal groove di “Life ain’t never been better than it is now” - un tributo esplicito a James Brown, che pezzo fantastico con quella chitarra ritmica a dettare il ritmo! – alla vellutata “Liquid Jesus”, quasi una novella “Sexual healing”: così seducente, cantata nel falsetto di Marvin Gaye - in effetti, però, sdogana il tema della religione.Che dire di “Boongie Drop” (con Jay-Z) e “Sunflower” (con Drake)? Anche nulla. Rileviamo, invece, che stavolta Lenny sceglie di tenersi a distanza dalle sue personali influenze bianche, dai classici-guida del

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When I am offered to review music albums, sometimes I hesitate. In the case of Lenny Kravitz' newest album "Black and White In America," I jumped at it. If there is one artist who walks to the sound of his own bell-bottomed steppin', fuzzy guitar playin', kick drum kickin', bass-pumpin' beatin' platform shoes, it's Lenny. This long awaited album is supposed to be his "funk opus," but went through a lot of changes in title (original title: 'Negrophilia') and release dates (late 2010, early 2011), but it's finally here, and you'll be glad it is here.

He's all at once as fresh and inventive as Prince, or any of the Isley Brothers, with a touch of Red Hot Chili Peppers and the ugly funk wonderfulness of James Brown. You put all of them into a blender and pour some hot buttered soul on top of it, and you've got Lenny Kravitz' sound - this album is no different in pushing the boundaries of what's hot and retro at the same time. Granted, this message is intended for Americans (because it's in part about the "American experience"), but I know my European, Latin and Sino brothers and sisters will understand the universal messages he presents us all here.

16 songs, totaling over 65 minutes:

01. Black and White America - right off the bat, the horns and the drum beat tell you that this isn't going to end wonderful, it's gonna end up with you in a hot sticky sweat, but don't forget the message - racism has been part of the fabric of America culture, whether we wanted it to be there or not. Lenny tells us through song about his past, his interracial parents who faced death for their decision in the 1960's, and to tell the children of all of these sacrifices that black and white are no longer part of what we should be - we're all Americans, and that's it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made for vinyl 23 Nov 2011
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This album was made for vinyl. Kravitz said so himself when he released it. Videos of which can be found on youtube. I actually bought this as a present and it is such a much nicer gift than a CD. It is beautiful to look at too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock America 11 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
"Black and White America" by Lenny Kravitz is a good quality cd that is filled with electic music. My two favorite songs on "Black and White America" are "Sunflower" (featuring Drake) and "Rock Star City Life". "Sunflower" (featuring Drake) is a unique song that is about someone that brings happiness and fun into a person's life. "Sunflower" denotes being in love with someone that is part of the sunshine of life. "Rock Star City Life" is a musical track about someone who has a zest for life. "Black and White America" is good for anyone who enjoys a diverse range of music on their cd.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The long awaited 9th studio album by Lenny Kravitz is finally amongst us.
After the delay in finishing the album, and the push backs from the original release date, the album's has been released.
Possibly a little late since the majority of songs on here were meant to be enjoyed on a hot summers day, catching the rays with a cocktail of your choice by your side and a few friends to hang out with to spread the good times. Unfortunately, the record does come with its problems that might jeopardize the credit of the artist.
As it is always the way with Lenny Kravitz, you are invited to a host of instrumentally glories that most artists just cannot muster.
Credited with playing the piano, the drums, the synthesizer and the acoustic, electric and bass guitars, this one man band only had the help of the trusted Craig Ross to aid him with a more acoustic and electric guitar magic. Oh and did I mention Hip Hop icons Jay-Z and Drake along with DJ Military feature as well! The album features different numbers inspired from late 70s/early 80s funk, reinvented for the ears of the modern generation. Possibly for the connoisseur, it might have been too much to cope with as something is missing.
There is a range of styles to choose from as you can either rock out with the guitar heavy "Come On Get It", get under the covers with the Barry White bass vibes in "Looking Back On Love" or smile in ecstasy with the fun loving bouncy "Everything".
However, there isn't really a stand out classic song that will last forever to keep this record going.
On previous albums, the 4 time Grammy award winner has brought that special spark to the front that has blown the world away.
Unfortunately you can't see it on this record.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant apart from 3-4 fillers 22 Aug 2011
By A. Bray
Format:Audio CD
Really like most of this album. More funk than other kravitz albums and I think there are some really memorable tracks (Everything, Superlove)so all in all a great album. It does still contain his distinctive rock sound on many tracks.

The only problem for me is the fact there are 3 or 4 fillers including the appalling Jay Z featured track Boongie Drop (only on there for marketing purposes maybe?)

Given its a long album (16 tracks not including bonus acoustics),if I was editing it I would get rid of these and have an even better, standard length album without having to skip these few.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing 11 Jun 2013
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Could have been a far better album if some of the lesser songs had been removed I don't see the need to fill a disc with so many tracks if they aren't up too standard .
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5.0 out of 5 stars One for the collection
First time I played this I loved it,its a varied mix of music performed by one of the best,Recommend this CD Well worth the money!!Black And White America
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by Music Shiver
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Although it is typical Lenny, the band is very original with all kinds of different tunes. It is a shame that not a lot of people have heard any of it on the radio.
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by F. H. Witte
5.0 out of 5 stars Lenny is back, hurrah !!
This album is just great. I can't find a single bad song on the album. All the songs have their own message and all deserve to be on the album. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by Alfbird
4.0 out of 5 stars A great funk follow up to his album 5
After 3 years break, Lenny Kravitz brings his first funk influenced album since "5". Although released 13 years later, his ninth album "Black And White America" bears quite a few... Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by Amillionmiles
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Although the album is alot less rocky than previous ones, the melodies are there and worth the wait. Lennys one who never fails to impress me with his songs or diversiveness. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by Alan Woods
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes, lazy lyrics.
LK is back and back with a vengance. This is a record packed with great hooks, driving funk, horns, guitars, screaming vocals, tender ballads, just about everything in fact that... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by A. Boylett
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Lenny's album
I've got every album by Lenny Kravitz, since "Let love rule" made in 1989, and "Black and White America" is the best I've ever listened to! Really innovative and outstanding.
Published on 2 Oct 2011 by Filippo Grilli
Here returns Lenny only after a couple of years away. Where he suprisingly gave away most of the last 2008 studio album 'Time for a Love revolution' free with a national newspaper,... Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by Franz Kiffka
5.0 out of 5 stars Lenny does it again
Well worth the wait, this new album grabs you from track one. Excellent stuff, looking forward to the Apollo gig :-)
Published on 25 Sep 2011 by Agrajag the Flatulent
5.0 out of 5 stars A Return To Form for Lenny Kravitz
After so many years of miss Albums. This is a real return to form for Lenny Kravitz. It's all here, funk, soul, hip hop.
Just buy it and you won't regret it.
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by Sam Hussein
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