In figuring out his latest album, “Raise Vibration,” rocker Lenny Kravitz says he wasn’t sure what he wanted it to be.
“During the beginning of making the album, I was searching a bit,” says Kravitz, who ultimately just allowed things to happen organically — and paid closer attention to his dreams.
“I wanted it to be what it wanted to be,” he says of his new music, which he brings Tuesday night to the Fox Theatre.
“What I had to do was completely get out of the way, let the creativity come, and that’s exactly what happened,” Kravitz says. “As an artist, I have my idea of what I think I’d like to do because I play the instruments and write and produce, and I have the ability to play a lot of different styles. I had an unlimited amount of colors at my disposal.
“After experimenting, I decided I needed to get quiet, so I stopped.”
He walked away from the recording studio and closed the doors. After a few weeks, he awakened from dreams filled with music.
“I dream songs, but I’ve never dreamed an entire album,” Kravitz says. “It was very special and just confirmed everything about letting go — letting creative spirits bring you what (they want) to bring you. Through getting out of the way, the true essence comes out.”
The feel of “Raise Vibration” is reminiscent of Kravitz’s earlier albums. “There’s always a thread. I’m in all of it. I think it sounds like me now, but there are shades of different versions of myself that get in there.”
The album includes one song named after an icon, “Johnny Cash.” The vocals of another icon, Michael Jackson, are featured on “Low.”
The album was led by the single “It’s Enough!,” a blistering reaction to current events — police brutality, war, white supremacists, environmental concerns and more.
“It’s speaking of the different things we are having enough of,” Kravitz says. He points out that it started as a punk-rock song before becoming a more soulful tune.
“I played it for my daughter (actress Zoë Kravitz) when it was really hard and very punk, and she wasn’t feeling it. I thought about it ... and realized I needed to be quiet with it. I wanted it to be soulful and very open, and that’s how it ended up.”
But it’s the video for “It’s Enough!” that carries the real heat. Over eight minutes, a fast-moving barrage of news footage depicts real-life events.
“I wanted to show the times, and there’s nothing better than showing the truth, showing the reality, no matter how uncomfortable it is to watch,” Kravitz says. “That video could have changed every month. I could have kept adding to it, reflecting on the day.
“When it gets to the bridge, there’s an optimistic light at the end of the tunnel because I do keep the faith we’ll find our humanity. I don’t know when or how. It may take total destruction to find it.”
Kravitz’s show at the Fox doesn’t include an opening act, so he’ll have plenty of time for his many hits, including “Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over,” “American Woman,” “Fly Away,” “Again,” “I Belong to You,” “Believe” and “Rock and Roll Is Dead.”
He says shows on the tour have lasted as long as 2½ hours, “connecting, unity, the power of love and music, and celebrating life.”
“I think we’re representing the catalog pretty well, though we can’t get everything in there,” he says.
What “An Evening With Lenny Kravitz” • When 8 p.m. Tuesday • Where Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • How much $39-$99 • More info metrotix.com