Baptism - Lenny Kravitz
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  • Summary: Kravitz handled virtually all of the instruments for this seventh album, which features a guest appearance from Jay-Z on the track "Storm."
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Somewhere along the line in his career, he fully absorbed his pantheon of Sixties and Seventies influences and began to sound like no one but himself. The confidence that results from that growth -- along with the knowledge that comes from having made records for fifteen years -- is apparent throughout this album.
  2. Crass, brash, open freeway excess at its best. If only he didn't spend half the album apologising for them. [Jul 2004, p.118]
  3. There's precious little rocking to be found, and the turgid numbers that make up Baptism's bulk are bogged down by insipid clichés and half-hearted tempos.
  4. 30
    Kravitz has evolved merely from one set of retro-’70s surfaces to another, with uncharacteristically uninspired hooks.
  5. It's a shame and embarrassment, and hopefully it will be a temporary slump like Circus.
  6. 20
    Tired and contrived-sounding.... Baptism? Craptism, more like. [Jun 2004, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 16 out of 28
  1. May 5, 2013
    Maybe it's partially because I have a nostalgic attachment, given that this is pretty much the first album I ever owned, but I think the negative reception this album got is highly undeserved. It's packed full of infectious hooks, emotive lyrics & nice guitar riffs. It shows Lenny's unique combination of rock, soul, pop & R&B on a lot of tracks, but this is easily one of of his more ballad-driven albums, showing a lot of insightful introspection in beautiful tracks like I Don't Wanna Be a Star, Baptized, What Did I Do With My Life, The Other Side & Destiny. Meanwhile there's some great raw rock songs here too, like Where Are We Runnin, Minister of Rock & Roll, the soul-tinged Flash & my personal favorite California. Usually my reviews are longer than this but I really just wanted to make a case for an album I have a strong personal attachment towards given the absurd 4.8 average user score. Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2011
    This album contains high doses of junk lyrics "The Minister Of Rock 'N Roll" "I Do not Want to Be a Star" and Even Some repeptivo as "Lady" "Sistamatolver." It's Such a drag, "Calling All Angels" "Baptized" it is Obviously Going Through to Great Depression, California "is nice, but nothing more, in" Storm "Just Blaze not was very fine. Jay-Z if. End result leaves Without an album structure. full of forgettable songs Expand

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