Lenny Kravitz Conjures Up Marvin Gaye On New Song “It’s Enough”



Just a couple of days ago we commemorated the anniversary of the 1971 release of Marvin Gaye’s classic album What’s Going On by spotlighting the song “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”, a languid, soulful, bluesy lament for the ills of American society.

We talked about how influential Gaye’s album was and then lo and behold, before we could turn around, Lenny Kravitz releases a new song that not only sounds like a lot like “Inner City Blues”, it also has a very similar vibe and message as the landmark Marvin Gaye track. The irony is sad and delicious at the same time.

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It’s not a bad thing that Kravitz would try to emulate the old master Gaye, because he most definitely has the qualifications to do so. If Lenny has done anything throughout an up-and-down career over the past twenty years, he has proven that he’s got musical chops coming out the yin-yang and knows how to really work a groove, and those things are on full display on the new record “It’s Enough”.

His biggest shortcoming has always been his lyrical content, and this is also on display here. Where Gaye’s lament had a spare, poetic edge to it, Kravitz verges on the sophomoric in his assessment of a world gone wrong:

What’s that going down in the Middle East?
Do you really think it’s to keep the peace
How we love to control a foreign land
Taking what we can is always the plan

Whatever. He is trying to make a point with passion, and we can’t fault any artist for trying that, even if we don’t agree with them. It’s what artists are supposed to do. The song will appear on Lenny’s 11th studio album called Raise Vibration, which is due for release on September 7.

 

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