Lenny Kravitz: My New Album is a "Piece of Art"

September 2, 2011 By:
Lenny Kravitz: My New Album is a

Lenny Kravitz, that guy who's responsible for Zoe Kravitz existing and songs like "American Women" still being played at beauty pageants, has just released his 9th studio album Black and White America earlier this week.

His last album Is It Time for a Love Revolution was released back in 2008, so it is time for some new music.

Lenny says he tried to make his album a "work of art."

"An album used to be a thing - just like a piece of art, a sculpture, a painting -- and it's just sad to me that that's gone, because when I'm working on an album I'm working on an entire body of work and it matters how it all sounds together," the rocker told CTV news.

He says he wanted to make music that rivals the greats of the past like Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. While those are some large shoes to fill, Kravitz is cocky enough to think he'll measure up.

"I wanted to make a record in the style of, in the tradition of [Jimi Hendrix's] 'Electric Ladyland,' [The Beatles'] 'White Album,' [Prince's] 'Sign of the Times' or [George Harrison's] 'All Things Must Pass' - great double records."

While Lenny Kravitz has model good looks and has that rugged hot dad thing going on, he's almost 50, so he enlisted the help of hip-hop's biggest stars Jay-Z and Drake to help produce the album so he could make music like "what the kids are listening to these days."

He says Drake was very impressive, "It was a pleasure to meet him, he's a gentleman and he's really good at what he does."

A couple years ago, Lenny set out to make this album but planned on naming it "Negrophilia." But it was after his trip to the Bahamas that he was sparked with a new creative inspiration and began writing new material.

"Artists all wait for inspiration," says Kravitz, "And I got inspired to write a completely different album."

Kravitz lives part-time in the Bahamas and said he recorded the majority of his album there, ironically for an album with the word "America" in its title.

"I built a studio in the Bahamas and spent a year and a half basically in isolation, in this very natural, peaceful atmosphere."

At 47 years old, Kravitz says he is the happiest he has been in years, "All my albums are positive, but there's usually at least one song with a sadness or deep darkness. But this one is completely happy. My life has never been better."

What can he complain about? He lives half the year in the Bahamas and has a bone structure so magnificent you could slice rocks on his jaw.