Stand By My Woman
Label: Virgin Records
This greatest-hits album shows that Lenny Kravitz is more than the sum of his Hendrix obsession. While he sometimes wades too deeply into the classic-rock canon, he's at his best when he's blazing past genre restrictions and blurring the boundaries of soul and pop, like on the breathy "It Ain't Over Til It's Over," a song you'd swear was a Smokey Robinson original. Peevish on "Rock and Roll Is Dead" and smooth and sultry on "Can't Get You Off My Mind," he continues to thrill on his cover of the Guess Who's "American Woman," paying forward Canadian-U.S. relations for the next 100 years.