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. 
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.