5 (Lenny Kravitz album)

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5
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Studio album by Lenny Kravitz
Released May 12, 1998 (US)
Recorded 1997–98
Genre
Length
  • 66:26 (standard edition)
  • 75:39 (new edition)
Label Virgin
Producer Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz chronology
Circus
(1995)
5
(1998)
Greatest Hits
(2000)
Singles from 5
  1. "If You Can't Say No"
    Released: April 21, 1998
  2. "Thinking of You"
    Released: July 6, 1998
  3. "I Belong to You"
    Released: September 22, 1998
  4. "Fly Away"
    Released: December 29, 1998
  5. "American Woman"
    Released: June 29, 1999
  6. "Black Velveteen"
    Released: November 16, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly C link
Robert Christgau C link
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars link

5 is the fifth studio album by American rock musician Lenny Kravitz, released on May 12, 1998 by Virgin Records. The album featured hits such as "Fly Away" and "I Belong to You", which helped Kravitz to expand his success in Europe. The album won two Grammy Awards.

5 was re-issued in 1999, including Lenny Kravitz's latest single from the soundtrack of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, "American Woman", plus a bonus track called "Without You"—initially a B-side to the lead single, "If You Can't Say No".

5 reached number 28 on the Billboard 200 and number 18 on the UK Albums Chart. As of March 2008, 5 has sold 3 million units in the US and over 6 million units worldwide, becoming Kravitz's highest-selling studio album. Initially, the album received mediocre reviews by some critics and its rise to commercial success was quite slow until it gained significant success towards the end of 1998 and throughout 1999. The album received multi-platinum certifications in many countries, producing a string of worldwide hits and becoming one of the most successful albums of 1999. Despite paling in comparison in US chart position with Kravitz's other albums, it managed to have a remarkably long chart-life, charting for nearly three years straight on the Billboard 200, two of which were spent in the top 100.

The album gained Kravitz multiple awards nominations and gave him his first two Grammy Awards in the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance category for the hits "Fly Away" and "American Woman".

Album information[edit]

In the production of the album, Kravitz worked with digital technology such as synthesizers and tape loops providing the album with a more modern sound. The album contained more of his '70s-inspired songs, funk and soul, mixed with his rock style.

Track listing[edit]

Original edition (1998)[edit]

Track Title Songwriter(s) Production credits Time
1. "Live"
Lenny Kravitz 5:12
2. "Supersoulfighter" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:58
3. "I Belong to You" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:17
4. "Black Velveteen" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:48
5. "If You Can't Say No" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 5:17
6. "Thinking of You"
Lenny Kravitz 6:24
7. "Take Time" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:31
8. "Fly Away" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:41
9. "It's Your Life" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 5:02
10. "Straight Cold Player" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:19
11. "Little Girl's Eyes" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 7:44
12. "You're My Flavor" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:48
13. "Can We Find a Reason?" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 6:24

New edition (1999)[edit]

Track Title Songwriter(s) Production credits Time
1. "Live"
Lenny Kravitz 5:12
2. "Supersoulfighter" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:58
3. "I Belong to You" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:17
4. "Black Velveteen" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:48
5. "If You Can't Say No" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 5:17
6. "Thinking of You"
Lenny Kravitz 6:24
7. "Take Time" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:31
8. "Fly Away" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:41
9. "It's Your Life" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 5:02
10. "Straight Cold Player" (Instrumental) Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:19
11. "Little Girl's Eyes" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 7:44
12. "You're My Flavor" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 3:48
13. "Can We Find a Reason?" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 6:24
14. "American Woman" Lenny Kravitz 4:21
15. "Without You" Lenny Kravitz Lenny Kravitz 4:47

Singles[edit]

  • "If You Can't Say No" number 48 UK
  • "I Belong to You" number 71 US, number 75 UK
  • "Thinking of You"
  • "Fly Away" number one UK, number 12 US
  • "American Woman" number 49 US
  • "Black Velveteen"

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[1] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[2] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[3] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[4] Gold 250,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[5] Gold 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

  • Lenny Kravitz – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, programming
  • Craig Ross – guitar, slide guitar, keyboards
  • Terry Manning – toy piano on "I Belong to You"
  • Cindy Blackman - drums on "Straight Cold Player"[8]
  • Jack Daley – bass
  • Michael Hunter – trumpet
  • Harold Todd – saxophone
  • George Laks – keyboards
  • Alix Alvarez – keyboards

Album credits[edit]

  • Engineered by Terry Manning except "American Woman".
  • Recorded by Tom "T-Bone" Edmonds.
  • Mixed by Terry Manning and Lenny Kravitz.
  • Pro Tools operation by Matthew Knobel.
  • Programming by Lenny Kravitz, Terry Manning, Mark Browne, Matthew Knobel and Eric Rehl.
  • Horn arrangements by Lenny Kravitz, Michael Hunter and Harold Todd.
  • Art direction and design by Len Peltier.
  • Photography by Mark Seliger.

Recorded at Ghetto Lounge Studios and Compass Point Studios.

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