Lenny Kravitz's glamorous career has come to a standstill in recent years. Too many experiments have confused his fans rather than interested them. "Strut, on the other hand, is almost a Kravitz on a make-up tour. Much reminds of the debut "Let Love Rule" (1989), other things he did in the years immediately after that. His songs are usually danceable again, almost hard rock exceptions like "Dirty White Boots" confirm this even more clearly. Kravitz is always irresistible when you can not only swing your hips, but you can also hear your guitar and he comes up with a good melody. "New York City" is an example of that. Then he sounds soulful and yet powerful rocky at the same time. Some of the other songs on "Strut" are supposed to sound like Sly & The Family Stone, but then remind more of Seventies disco flatness. But whenever you think the little man from Manhattan has shot his powder, he comes along with a "bang" like the title song reminiscent of "Are You Gonna Go My Way".
Top track: Dirty White Boots