Kid Rock

Kid Rock

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Kid Rock doesn't have all that much in common with David Bowie -- with the notable exception of an uncanny ability for self-reinvention. On this self-titled disc, the Motor City bad boy has all but entirely dispensed with the redneck rap-rock that catapulted him into the mainstream. In its place, Rock offers plenty of heartland boogie -- the kind of stuff that… See more details below

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Kid Rock doesn't have all that much in common with David Bowie -- with the notable exception of an uncanny ability for self-reinvention. On this self-titled disc, the Motor City bad boy has all but entirely dispensed with the redneck rap-rock that catapulted him into the mainstream. In its place, Rock offers plenty of heartland boogie -- the kind of stuff that wouldn't be out of place on classic sides by Canned Heat, or even Black Oak Arkansas. His cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love," which hews fairly closely to the original, offers plenty of room for headbanging, while "Son of Detroit," his latest ode to his hometown, is the most no-nonsense of the stompers, rife with reminders that he's "a long haired, redneck son of Detroit." The second element of that self-description is in full flight here as well, with the David Allen Coe collaboration "Cold and Empty" positively oozing outlaw cred, and the self-explanatory "Hillbilly Stomp," which features a cameo by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, trailing empty Lone Star bottles in its wake. There're a few clunkers, most of which come in the form of ill-advised ballads, but there's no doubting that Kid Rock's heart is in the right place -- in the corner of a dark, smoky bar with a jukebox that never stops.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kid Rock gained his fame as a white-trash rapper, but he retained his fame as a white-trash rocker, using the breakthrough of 1998's Devil Without a Cause to refashion himself as a modern-day blue-collar rocker, as comfortable with crunching bluesy riffs as he is with heartbroken country. The former Bob Ritchie started this transformation on 2001's Cocky, an enjoyably jumbled album that didn't quite take off until "Picture," his straight country duet with Sheryl Crow, was embraced by country radio, reviving the album and even bringing him nominations from the CMA. Kid was already in the process of abandoning metal and, to a lesser extent, hip-hop, so he seized this opportunity to become a full-out rocker and outlaw country singer with his next album, 2003's Kid Rock. Many of Kid's signatures are still in place -- the bragging, the boasting, the songs about sex, fame, and rock & roll, the hard riffs, the self-mythology -- but it no longer sounds like a mix of David Lee Roth and the Beastie Boys (even if the latter's Rod Carew rhyme from "Sure Shot" is lifted for "Intro," just moments after a "So Whatcha Want" reference); it sounds as if Hank Williams, Jr. and David Allan Coe are his new role models. Both Hank and Coe have a similar sense of inflated ego and penchant for name-dropping that borders on self-parody, and Kid Rock follows the same path here, particularly on the numerous rockers -- rockers that range from the heavy, heavy "Jackson, Mississippi" to laid-back, loose-limbed boogies like "Rock n' Roll Pain Train." He wisely plays up the sensitive side of "Picture," too, borrowing from DAC's soul-searching ballads and Bob Seger's introspective numbers. He even revives "Hard Night for Sarah," a song Seger wrote and recorded in 1979 but never released (something that likely wouldn't have happened if he hadn't switched management to Seger's longtime partner, Punch Andrews), and the tune, along with the similarly effective original "Single Father" (inexplicably listed as a bonus track, when there is no other release of the album without it), gives Kid Rock an emotional underpinning it needs, since so much of this is nothing but good-time music. Of course, there's nothing wrong with good-time music, and Kid is proud to make party music -- which he should be, since he does it well. Song for song, this is better-written and harder-rocking than Cocky, and while it's easy to wish that Kid was still as witty and funny as he on Devil Without a Cause, there's a certain cornball charm to his unabashed silliness and how he treats every rock & roll cliché as if it was a newfound truth. That's the power of Kid Rock's personality -- he may blatantly borrow from his influences, and he may recycle and celebrate shopworn clichés, but he does it with flair, style, good hooks, and charisma that shines through on each track. It's what makes Kid Rock -- both the artist and the album -- kind of irresistible. As silly, foul-mouthed, and obvious as he is, he does it so well you just can't help but like the guy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678368523
catalogNumber:
83685
Rank:
22686

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kid Rock   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Percussion,scratching,Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Slide Guitar
Larry Nozero   Baritone Saxophone
Kenny Wayne Shepherd   Guitar
Sheryl Crow   Background Vocals
Rayse Biggs   Trumpet
Laura Creamer   Background Vocals
Thornetta Davis   Background Vocals
Billy Gibbons   Vocals,Guest Appearance
David McMurray   Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Olson   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
Hank Williams   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Karen Newman   Background Vocals
Shirley Hayden   Background Vocals
Mike Daly   Pedal Steel Guitar
Johnny Evans   Saxophone
Andrew Sutton   Bass
Jason Krause   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bobby East   Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Stefanie Eulinberg   Bass,Drums,Background Vocals
Jimmie Bones   Organ,Piano,Harp,Jew's Harp,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Marlon Young   Electric Guitar
Misty Love   Background Vocals
Bob Ebeling   Drums
Aaron Julison   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Allan Coe   Composer
Paul Rodgers   Composer
Kid Rock   Programming,Producer,Adaptation
Sheryl Crow   Composer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels   Composer
Mick Ralphs   Composer
L. Michael Smith   Composer
Sutton   Producer,Engineer
Clay McBride   Cover Photo
J.K. Simmons   Composer
Jimmie Bones   Programming
Blumpy   Engineer
Robert J. Ritchie   Composer

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