Circus (1995)
Created for Virgin Records America, Inc. in 1995.
Peaked at the 10th spot on The Billboard 200 charts in 1995.
        After the fuzz-rock revivalism of Are You Gonna Go

My Way
, Lenny Kravitz seems to have settled into a

comfortable groove, alternating between early-'70s album

rock and early-'70s soul, with the occasional Prince flourish
thrown in for good measure. Circus is the weakest of Kravitz's albums, simply because he didn't

change his style in a distinctive manner, replicating the sound of
Are You Gonna Go My Way

instead. To compound his problems, Kravitz kicks off the record with "Rock N' Roll Is Dead," a

workmanlike rewrite of "Are You Gonna Go My Way" that lacks hooks. However, after one more half-

hearted rocker,
Circus begins to open up, as Kravitz turns in a series of ballads and lightly

psychedelic mid-tempo pop numbers, which prove to be his real strength.

(
Stephen Thomas Erlewine - Barnes & Noble)
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* "Rock And Roll Is Dead" was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal

Performance
.

        With
Circus, Lenny Kravitz is four albums into a career of reinventing rock's best pieces, and

flying further with them.
Circus is no change from this format, but proves why he's so successful at it.

"Rock And Roll Is Dead" snubs alternative rock and rap acts who "can't even sing or play an

instrument," while Kravitz plays guitar, bass and drums with confidence and a well-learned sense of

groove. His gift for molding AOR idioms into new forms jumps on the John Bonham wagon for the

heavy wallop of "Beyond The 7th Sky"; his Hendrix-ian wah-wah mixes perfectly with some Sly Stone

bump-and-grind on "Tunnel Vision"; and the Beatlesque guitar on "Can't Get You Off My Mind" proves

that mimicry just may be the sincerest form of flattery. There is even a hint of Stevie Wonder on "God

Is Love." And though you may spot the references as if they were highlighted on a map, C
ircus pulls

it off with precision and inspiration.

        The flower-power and funk melodies throughout
Circus stir together a different era of sounds

and effects for a '90s audience. They make Kravitz's appreciation for rock's foundation down-right

contagious. (
Muze/MTS Inc. - Tower Records)
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        It should be noted that during the creation process of this album, Kravitz was going through a

difficult period in his life. His mother, Roxie Roker, was losing her battle with cancer (and died in

December 1995 from cancer). Lenny was also dealing with other personal matters during this time,

so the album's dark, depressing tones are understandable. (Shalondra Brown)
Album Play List

1. Rock And Roll Is Dead 3:23
Written by Lenny Kravitz
Published by Miss Bessie Music (ASCAP)
1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.
Peaked at the following positions on Billboard's charts in 1995; # 4 on the Mainstream Rock
Tracks
, # 10 on the Modern Rock Tracks, and #75 on The Billboard Hot 100.

2. Circus 4:48 (Recommended)
Written by Gerry DeVeaux/Terry Britten
Published by Muziekuitgeverij Artemis B.V. (BUMA)/Bahama Rhythm Music
1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.

3. Beyond The Seventh Sky 4:54 (
Recommended)
Written by Lenny Kravitz
Published by Miss Bessie Music (ASCAP)/Wigged Music (BMI)
1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.

4. Tunnel Vision 4:19 (
Recommended)
Written by Lenny Kravitz
Published by Miss Bessie Music (ASCAP)
1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.

5. Can't Get You Off My Mind 4:34 (
Recommended)
Written by Lenny Kravitz
Published by Miss Bessie Music (ASCAP)
1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.
Peaked at the following positions on Billboard's charts in 1996; # 36 on Adult Top 40, and # 62 on
The Billboard Hot 100.

6. Magdalene 3:48
Written by Lenny Kravitz
Published by Miss Bessie Music (ASCAP)
1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.

7. God Is Love 4:26
Written by Lenny Kravitz/Henry Hirsch
Published by Miss Bessie Music/Henry Hirsch Music (ASCAP)
1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.

8. Thin Ice 5:33
Written by Lenny Kravitz
Published by Miss Bessie Music (ASCAP)/Wigged Music (BMI)
1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.

9. Don't Go Put A Bullet In Your Head 4:22
Written by Lenny Kravitz
Published by Miss Bessie Music (ASCAP)
1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.

10. In My Life Today 6:29
Written by Lenny Kravitz
Published by Miss Bessie Music (ASCAP)/Wigged Music (BMI)
1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.

11. The Resurrection 4:28
Written by Lenny Kravitz
Published by Miss Bessie Music (ASCAP)/Wigged Music (BMI)
1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Shalondra
recommends
4/11 songs on
this album