Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Not bad, but Kravitz seems a bit bored.

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Lenny "shakes his ass" on one tune.

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Parents need to know that Lenny Kravitz wrote, arranged, and performed every track on this CD. Admirable, yes, but perhaps not a good idea since the result sounds oddly sterile.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bybkgerard April 9, 2008

What's the story?

Lenny Kravitz has done some brilliant work in the course of his long and varied career as a songwriter, producer, arranger, and performer. On BAPTISM, however, he sounds ponderous and tired. \"What Did I Do With My Life?\" sings Kravitz. \"Did I exercise giving and forgiveness with all my might?\" A lovely sentiment, but the song quickly tips over into overwrought cliché that ruins the message. And when you consider that every single track on Baptism was written, arranged, performed, and produced by Kravitz himself, you won't be surprised to find out that while the songs vary in tempo and mood, there is no variation when it comes to musical voice.

Is it any good?

The album is well performed and nicely produced, but ultimately pretty darn boring. The lyrics are safe but uninspired, often seeming too self-referential. All this adds up to a CD that is nothing special.

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Music details

  • Artist: Lenny Kravitz
  • Release date: May 18, 2004
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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