I get pretty excited when Lenny Kravitz releases a new album. He has a knack, an ablility, a penchant to rechurn a classic sound into something new. The first single "The Chamber" is an almighty 80's rock throwback and feels instantly familiar. It's a really strong first single and got my blood pumping for the rest of the seemingly strong album. Look at those song titles... 'Sex', 'Dirty White Boots', She's A Beast' whet's the appetite.
By the time I finished the album, I felt a little let down. How can I say this nicely.. perhaps he peaked in 2002. Really, the rest of the album reeks of stock-standard blues riffs, predictable progressions, and boring lyrics. It disappointingly ends on a cover of Linda Ronstadt's 'Oh Baby Baby'.
Has Lenny lost his mojo? 6/10.
Reading Billy Idol's memoirs' "Dancing With Myself" is an entertaining account of the punk scene, success and life story.
Between stories behind hits like "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding," he opens up about his battles with drugs and alcohol, shares stories of what he describes as "sexual deviancy" (including one that landed him in court) and relives the harrowing 1990 motorcycle accident that put his career on pause. Now that he has slowed down, Idol says he's grateful to be able to talk about his exploits in the past tense.
The experience even led to the singer's first album of original music in nine years, Kings and Queens of the Underground. "It all began when we wrote the song 'Kings and Queens of the Underground,'" he says. "It's got a story, and it's my story. It's my story in song. It was a big song for us to write, and it took us down a certain road that led us to reinterpreting the sort of classic style song of mine for the 2014s. We had a new world in front of us again."
(It's a sight better than his recent Christmas album. We're still recovering)
Michael Jackson is the top-earning dead celebrity according to Forbes. His estate collected approx $140 million in the past year.
He earned more than twice as much as Elvis Presley ($55 million) and three times more than Charles Schulz ($40 million), although that's hardly Peanuts. (thank me later).
"Few celebrities prove the point that there is (financial) life after death better than Michael Jackson," according to Forbes.
We're looking forward to this 37 track compilation which features a fantastic array of 80's songs like Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know', New Order's True Faith' and Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colours' performed by the likes of Birdy, Sam Smith, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, London Grammar - even Kylie Minogue covers Kim Carnes' 'Bette Davis Eyes'. It's due out before Christmas.
See the tracklisting