Let Love Rule

Label
Virgin Records America
Release date
29 Jun 1992
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
55:40

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sitting On Top Of The World 3:15 8,782
2 Let Love Rule 5:41 139,367
3 Freedom Train 2:50 30,304
4 My Precious Love 5:14 33,628
5 I Build This Garden For Us 6:15 27,909
6 Fear 5:19 25,011
7 Does Anybody Out There Even Care 3:41 26,217
8 Mr. Cab Driver 3:50 125,248
9 Rosemary 5:42 30,908
10 Be 3:18 26,455
11 Blues For Sister Someone 2:59 23,606
12 Empty Hands 4:41 23,716
13 Flower Child 2:55 24,850

About this album

The title is a tip-off: Lenny Kravitz is a hippie, something that was commonplace 20 years before his debut, Let Love Rule, and was familiar five years later when he scaled the charts with Are You Gonna Go My Way, but was practically unheard of in 1989 when the Grateful Dead were reaping the benefits of hippies turning into establishment. Kravitz had yet to become a classic rock caricature and he could still surprise on this unformed, endearingly unwieldy first record, where he split the difference between John Lennon , Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, and Prince, sometimes exhibiting too clear of a debt to his idols but more often getting by on a combination of chutzpah and pastiche, something that winds up as an enormously appealing guilty pleasure. Kravitz has a tendency to overreach lyrically, striving to speak deep truths about big themes from world peace to child abuse, but the winning thing about Let Love Rule is how it plays as sheer sound, evoking memories of the paisley-drenched ’60s and the lush sounds of ’70s soul, all filtered through the multicultural flowering of the late ’80s. Remarkably for an album that’s essentially the work of a one-man band, Let Love Rule never feels stiff or insular — it feels roomy and open, testament to Kravitz’s talents as a producer — but the record remains one of his best because it also has one of his greatest collections of songs, chief among them the stately, psychedelic march of “I Build This Garden for Us,” the hippie-funk of “Sittin’ on Top of the World,” the Hendrixian riffs of “Freedom Train,” the urban groove of “Mr.

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  • victimex

    one of his best albums, ever.

    7 Dec 11:59pm Reply
  • dAdriano

    ★★★★★

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jerrysoandso

    this man had the answer..

    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ohyeah14

    BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
  • dafluke

    love this one!

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Disaster86

    It's classic right now.

    5 Dec 2009 Reply
  • PaulFrankRizzo

    Love this Album.

    20 Oct 2009 Reply
  • FREYAMUSIC24

    alguien quiere asisitir al concierto en madrid mañana 8 mayo de Lenny kravit?? ponerse en contacto

    7 May 2009 Reply
  • Guezmir

    debut and the best album of Lenny. True artist those times. Now he's fake.

    2 Sep 2008 Reply