It Is Time for a Love Revolution

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Classic retro-rock preaches about love.

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Positive Messages

Most of the album is about love, living for today, and being free from the perils and evils of life. Two tracks talk about God, Jesus, and being saved ("When you think that nobody cares/close your eyes and know that God is there," "Let Jesus make your way").

Violence

"Back in Vietnam" touches on violent themes: "We're gonna keep on riding til' the enemy's been severed/...men, women, children will die/we're all in this together." In "Dancin' til' Dawn" "like a bullet from a gun/the DJ makes a run" is repeated several times in chorus, but only as a metaphor.

Sex

Only one line that says "Don't need no one to get me laid."

Language

Pretty clean; "s--t", "hell," and "damn" are all used once.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some reference to drugs, but in a way that is condemning them: "Don't need no marijuana/don't need no ecstasy/don't need no blow or sleeping aids" and "You fool yourself when you live a lie/spend all of your time gettin' high/but drunken nights won't bury your fears."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lenny Kravitz has a lot of positive things to say about love, life, and being true and good to yourself. There is some mention of drugs, but in reference to the evil of addiction and disregarding the frivolous things in life for what's really important. The rocker isn't afraid to talk about faith in his songs; two tracks mention God and Jesus.

User Reviews

Adult Written bymusnik April 9, 2008

Love is all we need

I am such a true fan of Lenny Kravitz there really is nothing more I can say. It was worth every penny, I had to buy 2 copies, one for my house and one for my c... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byvan_halen April 9, 2008

Great Album

This album is really awesome. Lenny Kravitz is an extremely talented musician. I think this album is suitable for anyone, personally. But on "Back in Vietn... Continue reading

What's the story?

If you're a Lenny Kravitz fan, then you won't be disappointed with his eighth album release, IT IS TIME FOR A LOVE REVOLUTION. It is time, baby, yes it is, and Lenny delivers, with his usual classic mix of funked-up rock and slow soul full of grinding guitar riffs, funky drum beats, and unique vocals.

Is it any good?

Lenny Kravitz's album kicks off with a "Get on the Bus" tour -- and no doubt he'll have fans waiting in line with this release. It is Time for a Love Revolution is classic Lenny Kravitz singing and preaching about love from all sides. His famous retro-rocker style is still working for him, and shows itself on songs like "Bring It On" (which has a Led Zeppelin ring to it), "Good Morning" (which is reminiscent of late Beatles), and "Will You Marry Me" (a '70s funk-groove track that echoes the late, great James Brown). "I'll Be Waiting" is sweet Lenny like we love him, slowing it down with a piano crying, "as long as I'm livin'/I'll be waiting/I'm the one who really loves ya baby." Yes, we still love you Lenny -- a true rocker who's not afraid to let love rule.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that Lenny Kravitz is so open about his faith and belief in God and Jesus on this album. Is this surprising coming from a rock artist? Does it make his music more or less appealing? Do you think other artists should be more open about their own beliefs in their music?

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