Love him or hate him, Lenny Kravitz is pure rock...well, kind of. He is when he wants to be, but he also has a fine ability in showing and adding soul, pop and even a drop of reggae to his own brand of rock n' roll. And whether you like it or not, there's no denying the infectiousness of Kravitz's work.
It's certainly work to be proud of, as not only is it great rock, but it's also genre-busting music. Although for the majority of the time, Kravitz sticks to pure rock (and why not?), that doesn't stop him indulging in funk (the fine 'Black Velveteen') , dreamy pop (The hit single, 'Fly Away', which you'd have had to have been living under the worlds largest rock in the late 90's to have not heard), reggae beats ('I Belong To You') and most interestingly of all the perfect Motown stylings of 'It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over', which wouldn't have gone amiss in an early 70's dance compilation...but he always excelled at his funky rock, as proves the riffy, almost Hendrix-for-the-90's, 'Rock And Roll Is Dead', the surging, 'Are You Gonna Go My Way', the driving-in-the-slow-lane of, 'Again', the raunchy, 'American Woman' and the head-bobbingly good, 'Mr. Cab Driver', all provide as highlights amongst tough competition.
While right in the middle of it all, 'Heaven Help', a piano led ballad, threatens to break things down a little, with Kravitz's 'Greatest Hits' you're guarenteed one of the greatest rock n' roll compilations of latter days that you'll find. And although he does delve into tacky ideas while perhaps trying to rehash his influences ('Stand By My Woman'), and though it'll all never really influences anything, the majority of his work here will stand the test of time and that's all that really matters with Lenny Kravitz. That, and to have a damn good time.