Born Free

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kid Rock has made no secret of his desire to follow in Bob Seger's footsteps, but it still comes as a mild shock to have Bob Ritchie deliver an album that feels like it could have slipped in unnoticed between Against the Wind and The Distance in Seger's discography. That's precisely what the Rick Rubin-produced Born Free is, a striking re-creation of the waning days of the Silver Bullet Band, the time when the energy started to dissipate and a fascination with country ballads seeped into the heartland rock. It's a comfortable setting for Kid Rock, who has slowly abandoned rap for country as he crept closer to middle age, but Born Free doesn't feel lazy: it's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kid Rock has made no secret of his desire to follow in Bob Seger's footsteps, but it still comes as a mild shock to have Bob Ritchie deliver an album that feels like it could have slipped in unnoticed between Against the Wind and The Distance in Seger's discography. That's precisely what the Rick Rubin-produced Born Free is, a striking re-creation of the waning days of the Silver Bullet Band, the time when the energy started to dissipate and a fascination with country ballads seeped into the heartland rock. It's a comfortable setting for Kid Rock, who has slowly abandoned rap for country as he crept closer to middle age, but Born Free doesn't feel lazy: it's tightly written and crisply articulated thanks in large part to Rubin's recruitment of an all-star supporting band anchored by Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith, Chavez vet Matt Sweeney, Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, and Heartbreaker Benmont Tench. These pros give Born Free the suppleness of well-worn leather and Kid Rock rides their grooves with ease, digging into the grinding "God Bless Saturday," laying back on "Slow My Roll," slyly trading verses with old sparring partner Sheryl Crow on "Collide" which also happens to feature Seger himself on piano, and shuffling along with the three-chord boogie of "Rock Bottom Blues." Kid Rock demonstrates enough versatility to excuse "Care," the most apathetic protest song this side of John Mayer's "Waiting for the World to Change," where Kid correctly deduces that the least he can do is care, but even that slight stumble works as sheer sound, drifting along upon the Midwestern rock & roll that Kid Rock has sworn to keep alive. Born Free goes a long, long way toward keeping that heartland flame burning bright: it's familiar yet fresh, and song for song it's the best album Kid Rock has cut since Devil Without a Cause.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678957604
  • Catalog Number: 521682
  • Sales rank: 11,949

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Born Free (5:14)
  2. 2 Slow My Roll (4:19)
  3. 3 Care (4:12)
  4. 4 Purple Sky (4:06)
  5. 5 When It Rains (4:46)
  6. 6 God Bless Saturday (3:35)
  7. 7 Collide (4:49)
  8. 8 Flyin' High (4:03)
  9. 9 Times Like These (5:57)
  10. 10 Rock On (5:23)
  11. 11 Rock Bottom Blues (3:51)
  12. 12 For the First Time (In a Long Time) (5:55)
  13. 13 [Untitled Hidden Track] (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kid Rock Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Sheryl Crow Vocals
Martina McBride Vocals
Kim Wilson Harmonica
Benmont Tench Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer
Herschel Boone Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
David Hidalgo Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Bob Seger Piano
Chad Smith Drums
Smokey Hormel Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Trace Adkins Background Vocals
Greg Fidelman Guitar, Piano
Matt Sweeney Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Bass
Marlon Young Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
T.I. Vocals
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Clavinet
Zac Brown Vocals
Blake Mills Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Stacey Michelle Background Vocals
Jessica Wagner Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rick Rubin Producer
Al Sutton Engineer
Greg Fidelman Engineer
Ken Levitan Management
Vlado Meller Mastering
Patrick Fong Art Direction
M. Young Composer
J. Boland Composer
Ross Schlling Management
R.J. Ritchie Composer
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  • Posted November 2, 2010

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    this album is gonna stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is kid rock at his worst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    Change is good...

    I have every single cd Kid Rock has produced, and have loved the irreverance, and just plain laugh out loud lyrics. Born Free is not anything like that, but on it's own, it is brilliant. I have listened to it many times, and each time I hear a song, I hear a beautiful voice with an amazing band behind. Each song is different, with a little country, and some of Kid's great sense of life coming through. At least with this album, his fanbase will open up so much more, and the songs can be played on the radio! I love it. But I secretly hope he comes out with another kick*%# cd!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!!!

    Those of you expecting the Rapper Rock are in for a huge surprise. This is a side of Kid Rock I want to hear more often. It is raw and full of feeling.....He is an awesome artist.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    VERY SURPRISING TO ME!!

    I have never paid the slightest attention to Kid Rock - from what I had read and heard about him, I figured his music would be of no interest to me, particularly since I'm in my 6th decade and definitely into classic rock. However, the reviews of "Born Free" appealed to me so much that I bought it. I LOVE this CD - there isn't a bad song on it. Highly recommended!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2011

    Excellent!

    I never thought I would ever (in a million years) purchase a Kid Rock CD. However, after reading the review, and listening to snippets of the songs, I went ahead and purchased it. I also saw him perform one of the songs at the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert Rally in D.C. The CD has not disappointed me. The music is very similar to Bob Seger (who I adore) and on track #5, Kid Rock even remixes a famous Bob Seger lyric ("wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then"). It's not a direct quote in Kid Rock's song, but it's very clear where the lyric originated. I highly recommend this CD.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

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    terrible album by kid rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    kid rock is now going downhill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

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    not the kid rock i remember

    this music stinks kid rock should have stayed with twisted brown trucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2010

    Kid Rock Rocks!

    We can't wait to hear the full album - Love "Born Free"! - Kid Rock is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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