Blu-ray Review: Just Let Go - Lenny Kravitz Live

Lenny Kravitz's fall 2014 European tour is showcased in this fine live Blu-ray.
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Lenny Kravitz has always maintained a special bond with his European fans. They were supporters from day one and he has returned the favor by documenting his 2014 European tour. Filmed over three months Just Let Go - Lenny Kravitz Live captures Kravitz and his tight band delivering great performances for enthusiastic crowds. The Blu-ray also includes numerous backstage interview clips with Kravitz and the band, intended to show the camaraderie between this solo artist and his touring musicians.

The show opens with a strong version of "Fly Away." The bass, courtesy of Gail Ann Dorsey, is featured prominently in the mix and the song is augmented by horns, adding an extra dimension to the song. Cindy Blackman Santana's powerful drumming completes this strong opener. An interview segment follows, where Kravitz states that he prefers the studio, though he loves his live band. His guitarist, Craig Ross, appears on a lot of his albums, co-writing "Are You Gonna Go My Way," among others. The interview segments are insightful and show a band that is close to one another. It would be nice though if there was a music-only option, for those who just want to watch the concert feature as the interviews follow after virtually every song.

Ross and Kravitz provide some killer guitar work on "Dirty White Boots," with Blackman Santana propelling this driving hard rock number. Here and throughout, Kravitz's versatility is on full display, easily switching between rock, funk, pop and psychedelia. His cover of "American Woman" takes on a funkier vibe than its studio version while "Dancing Till Dawn" is loaded with grooves and great sax.

Kravitz shows some fine vocal chops on the 70s soul throwback "it Ain't Over 'Til It's Over," giving a strong falsetto, much to the delight of the many female fans in attendance. "Let Love Rule" finds Kravitz in 60s psychedelic mode, sounding like a heavier version of The Beatles while set closer "Are You Gonna Go My Way" offers some extended jamming, finishing the show on a high note.

The video is presented in 1080i High Definition Widescreen 16x9 (1.78:1), looks great, and is very well filmed. Audio options include LPCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio. A number of bonus live cuts are included as well, including a killer "Always On The Run."

With his tight band and the camaraderie between its members, one would never know Kravitz is primarily a solo artist. They clearly enjoy what they are doing and elevate Kravitz's songs on the live stage. Just Let Go - Lenny Kravitz Live is a highly enjoyable live document of this dynamic performer.