There may have been other "retro" rock acts before him, but Lenny Kravitz is one of the first to not be pigeonholed to a single style. His debut release, 1989's Let Love Rule, proved to be a surprise hit A few critics were quick to assume that Kravitz's retro look and sound were simply a shtic, but come the '90s, it had become integrated into the mainstream proving that Kravitz was a bit of a trendsetter. Kravitz's sophomore effort, Mama Said, was even stronger than its predecessor, highlighted by the Led Zep-like funk rocker "Always on the Run", as well as the mega hit with the Curtis Mayfield-esque soul ballad "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over," which confirmed that Kravitz's success was no fluke. But the best was yet to come for Kravitz. His third release overall, 1993's Are You Gonna Go My Way, is often considered to be the finest album front to back of his entire career. The album was a massive hit and Kravitz became an arena headliner stateside, as well as being featured on countless magazine covers. 1998's 5 proved to have an incredibly long chart life, spawning the biggest hit of Kravitz's career, "Fly Away," almost a year after its original release. Virgin decided to cash in on the album's rebirth by reissuing it with extra added bonus tracks, one of which became another hit single, a remake of the Guess Who's "American Woman". Kravitz released his ninth album Black And White America in the summer of 2011.