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Are You Gonna Go My Way

Lenny Kravitz

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The cover indicates that Are You Gonna Go My Way is Lenny Kravitz's bid for rock stardom. Designed in the style of an early-'70s record, it features Kravitz in hippie clothing, apparently exposing himself to a photographer -- in other words, he's a dangerously sexy counterculture rebel. That may have been true in 1970, but in 1993, he simply sounds like a weird sideshow exhibit, the man who never lived past 1973. Of course, it's easy to make such potshots, but Kravitz opens himself up to such attacks. No other artist, especially a successful one, has been quite so devoted to the past and ignorant of the present. Since he has considerable talent for songcraft and production, Kravitz isn't nearly as bad as he could be, and Are You Gonna Go My Way is just as enjoyable and more accomplished than its predecessors. This time around, Hendrix is his chief influence, as evidenced by the roaring title track, and he does expand that with his traditional Lennon, Curtis Mayfield, and Prince obsessions. Song for song, it's his most consistent album, although by the end of the record, his painstaking reproduction of classic rock sounds begins to appear a bit too studied, suggesting that Kravitz may have hit a creative wall. Nevertheless, that does nothing to diminish the enjoyment of this record.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Are You Gonna Go My Way
00:03:31

Craig Ross, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Liuh-Wen Ting, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Kravitz, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Henry Hirsch, Bass Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Lawrence, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hunter, Flugelhorn, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Breit, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Believe
00:04:54

Sarah Adams, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Ross, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Liuh-Wen Ting, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Performer, Recording Arranger, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Henry Hirsch, Composer, Mixer, Organ, Recording Engineer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Lawrence, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hunter, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Delente, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Digesu, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frank Murphy, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Soye Kim, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Allen Whear, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Carolyn Davis Fryer, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Come On And Love Me
00:03:54

Craig Ross, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Drums, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Digesu, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Virgin Records

4
Heaven Help
00:03:11

Terry Britten, Composer, Author - Gerry DeVeaux, Composer, Author, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Producer, Guitar, Performer, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angie Stone, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Greg Digesu, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Drums, Engineer, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Just Be A Woman
00:03:48

Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, String Arranger, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Mellotron, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Breit, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Greg Digesu, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Virgin Records

6
Is There Any Love In Your Heart
00:03:40

Craig Ross, Composer, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Drums, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Breit, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Greg Digesu, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Virgin Records

7
Black Girl
00:03:44

Craig Ross, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Drums, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Digesu, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Virgin Records

8
My Love
00:03:53

Craig Ross, Composer, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Drums, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tony Breit, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Greg Digesu, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Virgin Records

9
Sugar
00:03:58

Craig Ross, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, String Arranger, Drums, Electric Guitar, Horn Arranger, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Hunter, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Digesu, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Soye Kim, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1993 Virgin Records

10
Sister
00:07:04

Craig Ross, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, String Arranger, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Horn Arranger, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Michael Hunter, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Digesu, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Soye Kim, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1993 Virgin Records

11
Eleutheria
00:04:50

Craig Ross, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Kravitz, Composer, Author, Producer, Drums, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Henry Hirsch, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cooper, Keyboards, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Digesu, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Domanich, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 Virgin Records

Album Description

The cover indicates that Are You Gonna Go My Way is Lenny Kravitz's bid for rock stardom. Designed in the style of an early-'70s record, it features Kravitz in hippie clothing, apparently exposing himself to a photographer -- in other words, he's a dangerously sexy counterculture rebel. That may have been true in 1970, but in 1993, he simply sounds like a weird sideshow exhibit, the man who never lived past 1973. Of course, it's easy to make such potshots, but Kravitz opens himself up to such attacks. No other artist, especially a successful one, has been quite so devoted to the past and ignorant of the present. Since he has considerable talent for songcraft and production, Kravitz isn't nearly as bad as he could be, and Are You Gonna Go My Way is just as enjoyable and more accomplished than its predecessors. This time around, Hendrix is his chief influence, as evidenced by the roaring title track, and he does expand that with his traditional Lennon, Curtis Mayfield, and Prince obsessions. Song for song, it's his most consistent album, although by the end of the record, his painstaking reproduction of classic rock sounds begins to appear a bit too studied, suggesting that Kravitz may have hit a creative wall. Nevertheless, that does nothing to diminish the enjoyment of this record.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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