Raise Vibration

Raise Vibration

Music CD - 2018
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The title track is lean power-trio rock, while the ballad 'Here to Love' features Kravitz backed only by his piano and a string section.
Publisher: [United States] : Roxie Records, [2018]
Copyright Date: ℗&©2018
Branch Call Number: CD POPULAR KRAVITZ-L RV
Characteristics: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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hawleal
Mar 15, 2019

His eleventh overall studio album, it will make its way to listener’s ears on Friday, September 7, 2018, on Roxie Records via BMG Rights Management. His first record since 2014’s Strut, Kravitz has spoken about wanting to do something a bit more funky next go-around, and he does not disappoint with Raise Vibration.

Consisting of 12 new tracks, much like his previous work, Kravitz took a very hands-on approach with Raise Vibration, producing the entire work. True to his laidback style, it would be unfair to label him as a peace-loving hippie without vision, because that is not the case; Kravitz is not living with his head in the clouds, he knows what’s up, and he is just as angry and fed-up as the next socially-conscience individual. The beauty of Kravitz and his songwriting is he chooses to harness his emotions into creating something positive. Afterall, haven’t we all been completely exhausted by hate and division? It is truly spinning out-of-control, but thankfully, Kravitz somehow compounds this whirlwind of emotion into an uplifting hour-plus of music.

Recorded by Kravitz, though he handles the majority of the instruments himself, he also worked with longtime Guitarist Craig Ross and Keyboardist/Orchestrator David Baron during the sessions of Raise Vibration. As mentioned, the sound is very on par with what Kravitz has done in the past – smooth, eclectic, and laced with groove. That said, the Funk element is pronounced throughout the album, especially on the single “Low,” which sounds like it could have been on Michael Jackson’s 1979 Off the Wall. Speaking of which, the King of Pop’s voice actually makes a posthumous appearance on the song. Just as funky, “Who Really Are the Monsters?” is a mix of guitar and an addictive dance beat. Beyond such are the words Kravitz speaks, raising questions for all of us to look in the mirror before we judge one another, and how the fighting will never stop if we do not stop attacking one another.

On the more Blues Rock end, title-track, “Raise Vibration,” sells the overall theme of the album that love is the most powerful thing we can offer, especially in times such as these. Then there are more personal moments, as heard on “Johnny Cash,” a song speaking of finding love and finding his way through loss. Touching, however, the most moving song of all on Raise Vibration is “Here to Love.” Laden with somber piano, Kravitz voice is left vulnerable over the top as he explicitly raises the point that we must think twice before we pass judgement on others and the unity of humanity as a whole is truly the answer.

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grubs
Oct 22, 2018

ok,not great.Starts off good.then lack og quality songs take over.

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