Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 30, 2011
    90
    Here, he reverses that dynamic, playing the studio like the virtuoso that he is, and he's come up with his best record in years, a shamelessly enjoyable piece of aural candy.
  2. 75
    Kravitz's ninth album is a melting pot of funk, soul, rock, and other made-in-the-USA genres, with songs about growing up biracial after civil rights (the '70s-inspired title track) and plenty of hopey-changey stuff (''Stand,'' ''Push'').
  3. Aug 30, 2011
    70
    Still, each of these 16 songs succeeds on its own terms, which is a vision for America beyond the black and white divide.
  4. Aug 30, 2011
    65
    Mr. Kravitz: The radio would be a lonely, segregated underworld without you. But, at this point, that full-on funk album sounds pretty damn nice.
  5. Sep 21, 2011
    60
    As rock, soul and funk steep together, the overriding sense is that Kravitz would prefer to be the leering loverman than the seer. [Oct 2011, p.124]
  6. 60
    Black and White America is a laudable musical statement, and a much needed reminder of how prodigious Kravitz is at melding together rock and funk.
  7. Aug 26, 2011
    60
    Overall, it's an easily enjoyable album with its heart in the right place.
  8. Sep 8, 2011
    40
    Can be hard for mere mortals to swallow. [Oct 2011, p.104]
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 5, 2011
    7
    It's not a core-shaker, but it's definitely valuable. It's quite good - once you stop trying too hard to record a great album, you just might record one. Full Review »