Jim Farber
May 15, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

5

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Lenny Kravitz
Producers
Virgin

We gave it a C

It’s useless to keep railing about Kravitz’ endless grave robbing. On 5, he shows no signs of halting his lifts from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and the Beatles. At least this time he targets some new catalogs (Gary Numan, Depeche Mode). And his recasting of old sources hits on some fetching hooks and beats along the way. Now, if he could just get over his brain-dead peacenik lyrics, Kravitz might complete the transition from pariah to guilty pleasure. C

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