Strut (album)

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Strut
Strut, cover by Lenny Kravitz.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2014 (2014-09-23)
Recorded2013–2014
StudioGregory Town Sound[1]
GenreRock
Length53:22
LabelRoxie Records, Kobalt
ProducerLenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz chronology
Black and White America
(2011)
Strut
(2014)
Raise Vibration
(2018)
Singles from Strut
  1. "The Chamber"
    Released: June 24, 2014
  2. "Sex"
    Released: August 6, 2014
  3. "New York City"
    Released: October 21, 2014
  4. "Dirty White Boots"
    Released: November 11, 2014
  5. "The Pleasure and the Pain"
    Released: June 26, 2015

Strut is the tenth studio album by American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and arranger Lenny Kravitz. It was released on September 23, 2014 and was the first release on Kravitz's own Roxie Records, with distribution by Kobalt Label Services. The record also produced five singles released both in 2014 and 2015.

Background[edit]

This album is his first one released by his own label Roxie Records—named after his mother, actress Roxie Roker. In an interview for Huffington Post Kravitz explained that the name Strut is "...about being proud and confident about who you are. Whatever you are. Because we’re all different. We’re all freaks of some sort. That whole thing about being "normal," I don’t even know what that is. We’re all different. That’s the beauty of life. It’s about embracing who you are, and walking tall and proud".[2] He also mentioned that "the music itself is about love and relationships", "grit and glamour, all together", and "a lot of sensuality".[3]

Kravitz wrote all the songs on the album, except for "Ooo Baby Baby" written by Smokey Robinson and Warren "Pete" Moore, and played various instruments as well. He decided to cover "Ooo Baby Baby" while filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire where he played character Cinna, the stylist to Jennifer Lawrence’s heroine. He heard it in a makeup trailer, and the song pleased him so much that he soon decided to include it as twelfth title for the new album.[2] The lead single, "The Chamber", was released on June 24, 2014. The video is set in Paris, a city where Kravitz has been living on and off for the past nine years. In 2011, he was even awarded the France’s highest cultural honour—Order of Arts and Letters.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 71, based on five reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[4] Strut was ranked #35 on Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2014 list: the song "New York City" was described as "the best tune Mick Jagger didn't get around to writing in his Studio 54 days".[5]

Shane Gilchrist of Otago Daily Times stated "All his technical ability aside, Kravitz lingers a little too long in a comfortable late-night lounge, swaggering around a framework of riff-rock, reconstituted funk and dirty soul. In short, Strut offers no significant U-turns (unlike previous album Black and White America) nor does it stumble".[6] Lisa Nash of Cryptic Rock mentioned "His albums are like a bag of pick and mix: full of variety, sweet to taste, and will make listeners remember their childhood with fondness. The tracks are generally radio and club friendly and will make people want to dance. The guitar riffs will please the Rock fans, while the Soul fans will love Kravitz’s distinctive voice. Strut is a very solid piece of work and, while not as strong as 2011’s Black and White America, will still please Kravitz’s dedicated followers".[7]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote "Kravitz deploys all his considerable sonic skills on songs that are purposefully trashy and unapologetically fun and the result is pure pleasure".[1] A reviewer of Funkatopia said "The new album Strut from Lenny Kravitz seems like a culmination of raw rock and funk thrown into a blender... His talent and delivery are intense, but there’s something here that seems like we’re looking at a puzzle that had some pieces left out. Maybe it’s one of those albums that insist on multiple listens to truly embrace what’s happening and maybe those awkward feelings are the subconscious identifying great songs".[8]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Cryptic Rock4/5 stars[7]
Now3/5 Ns[9]
The Music3/5 stars[10]
The New Zealand Herald3/5 stars[11]
Otago Daily Times2.5/5 stars[6]
Pop Magazine4/5 stars[12]
PopMatters7/10[13]
Renowned for Sound3/5 stars[14]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Lenny Kravitz, except "Ooo Baby Baby" written by Smokey Robinson and Warren "Pete" Moore.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Sex"Kravitz, Craig Ross3:55
2."The Chamber"Kravitz, Ross4:57
3."Dirty White Boots"Kravitz, Ross3:58
4."New York City"Kravitz, Ross6:23
5."The Pleasure and the Pain"Kravitz5:09
6."Strut"Kravitz3:10
7."Frankenstein"Kravitz4:35
8."She's a Beast"Kravitz4:43
9."I'm a Believer"Kravitz, Ross3:17
10."Happy Birthday"Kravitz4:57
11."I Never Want to Let You Down"Kravitz4:38
12."Ooo Baby Baby"Smokey Robinson, Warren "Pete" Moore3:40
Target Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Lift Me Out of My Head"5:15
14."It Won't Feel the Same"4:21
iTunes Bonus Tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Sweet Gitchey Rose"4:48
14."Can't Stop Thinkin' 'bout You"3:43

Personnel[edit]

  • Lenny Kravitz – lead and background vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, Mellotron, bass, drums, chimes, hand claps, Arp string ensemble, wine glasses, mini-moog
  • Craig Ross – acoustic and electric guitars, handclaps
  • James "D. Train" Williams – background vocals
  • Cindy Mizelle – background vocals
  • Tawatha Agee – background vocals
  • Dave Baron – synthesizer programming
  • Harold Todd – saxophone
  • Ludovic Louis – trumpet
  • Darret Adkins – cello
  • David Bowlin – violin
  • Kenji Bunch – viola
  • Mali Hunter – handclaps
  • Woody Harrelson – handclaps
  • Kenyea Johnson – handclaps
  • Mia Ross – handclaps
  • Rodney Burns – handclaps
  • Mathieu Bitton – handclaps
  • Ryan Price – handclaps
  • Tom Kartsotis – handclaps
  • Tom Edmonds – recording engineer
  • Bob Clearmountain – handclaps, mixing
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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