Circus (Lenny Kravitz album)

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Studio album by Lenny Kravitz
Released September 12, 1995
Recorded 1994–1995
Genre Hard rock, funk rock, folk rock
Length 51:04
Label Virgin
Producer Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz chronology
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Singles from Circus
  1. "Rock and Roll Is Dead"
    Released: July 26, 1995
  2. "Circus"
    Released: September 26, 1995
  3. "Can't Get You Off My Mind"
    Released: January 11, 1996
  4. "The Resurrection"
    Released: June 25, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
Robert Christgau (dud)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

Circus is the fourth studio album by American rock musician Lenny Kravitz, released in 1995 by Virgin Records. It reached number 10 on the Billboard 200 and number 5 on the UK Albums Chart, becoming Kravitz's first top 10 album in the US and second in the UK. As of March 2008, Circus has sold 534,000 units in the US.

Album information[edit]

The album deals with different topics, such as rock star lifestyles on "Rock and Roll Is Dead" and religion on "God Is Love" and "The Resurrection". Kravitz is quoted as saying that the making of the album was a very tedious process. He was unhappy with the music business at the time. Also, his mother's illness was weighing on his mind. [1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rock and Roll Is Dead" (Kravitz) – 3:23
  2. "Circus" (DeVeaux, Britten) – 4:48
  3. "Beyond the 7th Sky" (Ross, Kravitz) – 4:54
  4. "Tunnel Vision" (Kravitz) – 4:19
  5. "Can't Get You Off My Mind" (Kravitz) – 4:34
  6. "Magdalene" (Kravitz) – 3:48
  7. "God Is Love" (Kravitz, Hirsch) – 4:26
  8. "Thin Ice" (Ross, Kravitz) – 5:33
  9. "Don't Go and Put a Bullet in Your Head" (Kravitz) – 4:22
  10. "In My Life Today" (Ross, Kravitz) – 6:29
  11. "The Resurrection" (Ross, Kravitz) – 4:28
  12. "Another Life" [Japan bonus] – 3:59


  • In response to Kravitz's song "Rock and Roll Is Dead", Prince (then known as 'The Artist Formerly Known as Prince') released "Rock & Roll Is Alive (And It Lives in Minneapolis)" as a B-side to the "Gold" single.


  • Bass by Henry Hirsch for track 3 and Tony Breit for tracks 2
  • Electric guitar by Craig Ross for tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10.
  • Electric piano by Henry Hirsch for track 11.
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi at Masterdisk.
  • Mixed by David Domanich, Henry Hirsch and Lenny Kravitz
  • Recorded by Henry Hirsch at Waterfront Studios, NJ; Chateau Des Conde, France and Compass Point Studios, Bahamas.
  • Art direction by Len Peltier.
  • Artwork design by Len Peltier and Steve Gerdes.
  • Photography by Ruven Afanador.


  1. ^ "Circus - Lenny Kravitz". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ Browne, David (1995-09-15). "Music Review: 'Circus' Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Lenny Kravitz". Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  4. ^ Kemp, Mark (1995-09-21). "Lenny Kravitz: Circus : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2012-05-07.