Its no government conspiracy that the main undertaking of Lenny Kravitzs sound is the revival of classic rock. Nearly twenty years ago Kravitz suggested Let Love Rule [Virgin] and on his eighth studio album hes telling us It Is Time for a Love Revolution [Virgin] so, its alright if youre getting a case of déjà vu. Also, its been almost ten years since a Lenny Kravitz album, in its entirety, was a hit the last one being 5 [Virgin], which spawned 3 hit singles. Two studio album releases after 5, with a hit here and there, he proved it didnt matter. Ironically the '60s and '70s rock and roll sounding It Is Time for a Love Revolution is packed with hopeful messages much like Barack Obamas political platform and released during a time the countrys is deep in a war thats immensely controversial. Kravitz seems set on bringing on the radar a type of passion and political activism thats not been seen since the Vietnam days with Back In Vietnam. But even in its most stern moments Love comes across very whimsical and almost peppy. A mood primarily heard on Dancin Til Dawn, Bring It On, and Love Love Love.Good Morning harbors a sonic resonance to It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over and Robbie Williamss brand of British pop. Seemingly, The Godfather of Soul was channeled for Will You Marry Me as it brings to life a funky Ugghhh! that will immediately make you blurt, Jame Brown! The hippie rock messages of optimism are embodied in If You Want It and Love Revolution. The stellar Ill Be Waiting does string in Lennys signature ballad style, but does it with a sense of freshness that other artists of his level do by being irrelevant. Itll be easy to hear that Lenny couldnt wait to use these political tribulations to rock out and get his Led Zeppelin on, which makes this project fun to listen to. Plus, hes got the musicianship chops to do whatever he well pleases; just check the guitar solo on A Long and Sad Goodbye. Still, it would have been pleasant had it made him just as focused on writing the profound lyrics It Is Time for a Love Revolution required for it to be a smash, if even less preachy. Guess baby smash for the already-made fans will have to do nowadays, any smash is just as good.