Lenny Kravitz has always been a stylistic chameleon, but it's still a bit surprising to hear a touch of early Elvis Costello in "Stand," the first single from his ninth studio album Black and White America. It's also very refreshing. While Kravitz's vocal phrasing recalls Costello circa Armed Forces and Get Happy!, the music is rooted in the sort of upbeat funk pop that has been a consistent thread through all of his albums. With its easygoing melodies and good time vibe, "Stand" immediately announces itself as one of the most instantly likeable rock tunes of the summer. Black and White America will hit stores on August 30th, but you can stream the song now.
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