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Album Review: Lenny Kravitz – Blue Electric Light

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"Blue Electric Light is a testament to Kravitz’s enduring appeal and his ability to blend retro sounds with modern production" - our review of Lenny Kravitz's new record, Blue Electric Light

60-year-old rock legend Lenny Kravitz has released his latest studio album, Blue Electric Light. Known for blending rock, funk, and ’80s nostalgia, Kravitz continues to explore his musical roots, but this album offers a mix of highs and lows.

The opening track, It’s Just Another Fine Day (In This Universe of Love), is a lush, arena-ready rocker with smooth guitar riffs reminiscent of Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler. Despite its engaging vibe, the song’s six-minute length feels excessive and could benefit from a more concise arrangement​. TK421 channels the spirit of INXS and Prince, but its retro sound can feel derivative rather than innovative. The track’s suggestive undertones and NSFW music video add a provocative edge, yet they might not appeal to all listeners. For me,  Kravitz’s reliance on past formulas feels tired​.

Honey and Paralyzed showcase Kravitz’s versatility. The former is a seductive ballad, while Paralyzed goes full ’80s heavy metal with powerful bass and drum elements. Again, their heavy borrowing from ’80s influences makes them feel familiar, but not necessarily inspired. ​ Let It Ride offers a synth-heavy homage to late Prince, but it sometimes borders on imitation. Stuck in the Middle and Human provide soulful moments, but overblown arrangements give both tracks a certain vagueness and lack of distinction. Bundle of Joy is an upbeat track that does it’s best to diverge from Kravitz’s typical themes of love and seduction. Love Is My Religion attempts to address social issues with a funky beat, but ends up feeling superficial and lacking the depth.

The title track, Blue Electric Light, closes the album with a cinematic touch. While its dreamy, synth-laden production is polished, the lack of lyrical substance lets the expansive soundscape​ down.

Overall, Blue Electric Light is a testament to Kravitz’s enduring appeal and his ability to blend retro sounds with modern production. The album does offer a cohesive listening experience. However, the heavy reliance on past influences and familiar sounds removes any real impact, while also missing the mark on nostalgic appeal.