Pin It
Favorite

CD Reviews 

LENNY KRAVITZ & r & & r & It Is Time for a Love Revolution & r & & r & 4 Stars & r & & r & As the reigning avatar of 1970s power rock, Lenny Kravitz is the most retro-cool guy in America. He grabs a hook, pens a catchy lyric, lays down a solo, even a string section (if it's a power ballad like "I'll Be Waiting") -- repeat 14 times and you've got a new record. So what if it's a paint-by-numbers approach? There's something undeniably primal about it -- like he has the secret formula for tickling the part of your brain that sets your head rocking.





All Lenny's records are personal, and this one's no different, with odes to a lost relationship with his dad ("A Long and Sad Goodbye") and, like any musician these days, our current military predicament ("Back in Vietnam"). But his flower power sentiments ("Love Love Love," "Love Revolution") are still the best. As it was in the '60s and '70s, so it is today -- time, indeed, for a love revolution.





-- TED S. McGREGOR Jr.





DOWNLOAD: "If You Want It"





BOB MOULD


District Line


2 Stars


Bob Mould has reached the age where it's hard to believe that there's much left for him to do without sounding like he's ripping himself off. With Husker Du and Sugar long behind him, Mould stretches back through his musical history in order to fashion his latest effort, his first since Body of Song in 2005. Regrettably, he does so with mixed results. None of the tracks from the new album actually suck, but none of them actually shine. As a whole, the album resonates with competence, which is something of a backhanded compliment.





Even amid the limitations of most of the songs, "Old Highs, New Lows" reveals Mould at his best. His voice resonates and reverberates across his meditations in this dreary number, punctuated by acoustic guitars and keyboard wonders. If only more of the songs possessed this kind of completeness. There's always next time.





-- CAREY MURPHY





DOWNLOAD: "Old Highs, New Lows"
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Children Will Listen
  • Children Will Listen

    How art speaks to life in this particular moment
    • Jan 18, 2017
  • So Here We Are
  • So Here We Are

    Here's hoping the new president fills the office with the grace and sense of tradition it requires
    • Jan 18, 2017
  • Get Big Money Out
  • Get Big Money Out

    Letters to the Editor
    • Jan 18, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Women's March on Spokane

Women's March on Spokane @ Spokane Convention Center

Sat., Jan. 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Thanks, Obama

    The legacy of the 44th President goes far beyond the election of the 45th
    • Dec 29, 2016
  • One Free Shave

    Donald Trump might have merited a honeymoon with voters had he managed his transition better
    • Dec 29, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

scandal


scandals


Comment


Briefs


green zone


Readers also liked…

  • To Kill the Black Snake
  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • Otter Incompetence
  • Otter Incompetence

    Idaho's governor and his staff can't even get the easy things right
    • Sep 16, 2015

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation