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Mama Said

Lenny Kravitz

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Moving forward a couple years from the psychedelic fixations of his debut, Mama Said finds Lenny Kravitz in the early '70s, trying to graft Curtis Mayfield and Jimi Hendrix influences to his Prince and Lennon obsessions. This time around, he synthesizes his influences better; it's essentially a seamless record, with all of its classic rock homages so carefully produced that it sounds as if it could have been released in 1972. Kravitz's songcraft has gotten better as well, with the swirling Philly soul of "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" and the rampaging Sly Stone-meets-Hendrix "Always on the Run" standing out as instantly addictive singles. Still, some of the joy that informed Let Love Rule has worn off, largely because it's more polished and studied than its predecessor. That, however, doesn't prevent Mama Said from being another thoroughly enjoyable guilty pleasure -- its sweet soul and fuzzy hard rock are slyly seductive. Ironically for such an inviting record, Mama Said is Kravitz's divorce album, yet it never quite conveys any true pain or emotion, since he puts sound over substance. Essentially, the lyrics are afterthoughts, but with a record as immaculately produced and sonically pleasurable as Mama Said, it doesn't really matter that it's talking loud and saying nothing, because it sounds good while it's talking.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Fields Of Joy
00:03:56

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Slash, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Kamen, Composer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hal Fredricks, Composer, Author

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

2
Always On The Run
00:03:52

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Horn Arranger, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mike Hunter, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Slash, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Denson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Butch Thomas, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Stand By My Woman
00:04:20

Anthony Krizan, Composer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Drums, Vocals, Horn Arranger, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Composer, Mixer, String Arranger, Engineer, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Al Brown, Strings Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - Karl Denson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Pasch, Composer

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
00:04:02

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Producer, String Arranger, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Sitar, Horn Arranger, Performer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Phenix Horns, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Brown, Strings Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

5
More Than Anything In This World
00:03:27

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, String Arranger, Drums, Organ, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Brown, Strings Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

6
What Goes Around Comes Around
00:04:49

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Horn Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Zoro, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Karl Denson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Widoff, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lebron Scott, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

7
The Difference Is Why
00:04:52

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

8
Stop Draggin' Around
00:02:39

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - David Domanich, Drums, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

9
Flowers For Zoë
00:02:43

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, String Arranger, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Nancy Ives, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

10
Fields Of Joy
00:03:59

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Kamen, Composer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hal Fredricks, Composer, Author

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

11
All I Ever Wanted
00:04:14

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Drums, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Ono Lennon, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

12
When The Morning Turns To Night
00:02:59

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, Organ, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

13
What The .... Are We Saying?
00:05:12

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, String Arranger, Engineer, Organ, Piano, Moog Bass, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Denson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

14
Butterfly
00:01:51

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc. ℗ 1991 Virgin Records America, Inc.

Album Description

Moving forward a couple years from the psychedelic fixations of his debut, Mama Said finds Lenny Kravitz in the early '70s, trying to graft Curtis Mayfield and Jimi Hendrix influences to his Prince and Lennon obsessions. This time around, he synthesizes his influences better; it's essentially a seamless record, with all of its classic rock homages so carefully produced that it sounds as if it could have been released in 1972. Kravitz's songcraft has gotten better as well, with the swirling Philly soul of "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" and the rampaging Sly Stone-meets-Hendrix "Always on the Run" standing out as instantly addictive singles. Still, some of the joy that informed Let Love Rule has worn off, largely because it's more polished and studied than its predecessor. That, however, doesn't prevent Mama Said from being another thoroughly enjoyable guilty pleasure -- its sweet soul and fuzzy hard rock are slyly seductive. Ironically for such an inviting record, Mama Said is Kravitz's divorce album, yet it never quite conveys any true pain or emotion, since he puts sound over substance. Essentially, the lyrics are afterthoughts, but with a record as immaculately produced and sonically pleasurable as Mama Said, it doesn't really matter that it's talking loud and saying nothing, because it sounds good while it's talking.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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