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Lenny Kravitz: Circus

Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone, 21 September 1995

IN THE TITLE TRACK of Lenny Kravitz's new album, the singer struggles with the dictates of reality that come to bear on fantasy. "Welcome to the real world," he sings to himself. But in the real world according to Kravitz, rock stars still flash diamond rings and coke spoons, and bumper-sticker platitudes like god is love still soften the blows of the real real world. In all its kaleidoscopic glory, Kravitz's world looks more like a B movie about an early-'70s rocker trying to find his identity among the gods: Hendrix, Zeppelin, Sly, Funkadelic.

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