Circus (Lenny Kravitz album)

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Circus
Lenny Kravitz Circus album cover.jpg
Studio album by Lenny Kravitz
Released September 12, 1995
Recorded 1994–95
Genre
Length 51:04
Label Virgin
Producer Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz chronology
Are You Gonna Go My Way
(1993)
Circus
(1995)
5
(1998)
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.

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" (Gerry DeVeaux, Terry Britten) – 4:48
  3. "Beyond the 7th Sky" (Craig 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, Henry Hirsch) – 4:26
  8. "Thin Ice" (Craig Ross, Kravitz) – 5:33
  9. "Don't Go and Put a Bullet in Your Head" (Kravitz) – 4:22
  10. "In My Life Today" (Craig Ross, Kravitz) – 6:29
  11. "The Resurrection" (Craig Ross, Kravitz) – 4:28
  12. "Another Life" [Japan bonus] – 3:59

Personnel[edit]

  • 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.

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[5] Gold 30,000^
France (SNEP)[6] Gold 100,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[7] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 527,000[10]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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". RobertChristgau.com. 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. 
  5. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "French album certifications – Lenny Kravitz – Circus" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  7. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Lenny kravitz; 'Are you gonna go my way')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Lenny Kravitz – Circus". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Circus in the search field and then press Enter.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Lenny Kravitz – Circus". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/1450605/calling-all-chart-freaks-michael-lenny-bush-under-the-microscope/