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History of Rock
     

The History of Rock

4.7 13
by Kid Rock
 

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All this fuss about a rap/metal crossover isn't exactly news to this Motown mongrel, who'd been fusing the baddest elements of both for more than a decade before his so-called "overnight success." This 14-song retrospective dusts off some of the most potent tracks from the Kid's passel of previous releases and adds a helping of previously unreleased riffage. While

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All this fuss about a rap/metal crossover isn't exactly news to this Motown mongrel, who'd been fusing the baddest elements of both for more than a decade before his so-called "overnight success." This 14-song retrospective dusts off some of the most potent tracks from the Kid's passel of previous releases and adds a helping of previously unreleased riffage. While more beat-dependent than his latter-day hits, his early-'90s material such as "Fuck You Blind" and "Born to Be a Hick" is unmistakably Rock, peppered with sneers and punch lines so broad that even the P.C. police will have to crack a smile. Likewise, the four-pack poured from the grooves of his 1996 album EARLY MORNING STONED PIMP -- all of which have been remixed to pump up the aggression -- are sure to bedevil with sheer audacity. And just to prove he's willing to air out all the skeletons in his closet, the artist formerly known as Bob Ritchie even goes back to 1985 to pull out "Intro," on which he kicks out the jams in convincing pubescent style.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Devil Without a Cause was so good it caused everybody to re-evaluate Kid Rock, including Rock himself. As he prepped a follow-up, he unleashed The History of Rock, a hodgepodge of new songs, unreleased tunes, demos, old cuts, and re-recordings. This not only bought the Kid time, it gave him a chance to revamp a past that was bordering on the seriously lame. According to The History, Rock always knew what he was doing. Anyone that's heard The Polyfuze Method knows that's not the case, but that's the beauty of The History, since the early stuff now sounds of a piece with Devil. It isn't nearly as good, but it has some of the same thrills since his band hits harder and funkier than any of its rap-rock peers and Rock now has a fully cultivated persona. Still, the songs just aren't here. Apart from the "Get Out of Denver" rewrite "Born 2 B a Hick," "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp," "3 Sheets to the Wind," and maybe the Skynyrd-aping "Prodigal Son," the older recordings are still clumsy, something the new song "American Bad Ass" is not. A shameless slab of self-mythology where the former Bob Ritchie calls out tag lines from Devil and places himself in the company of Seger, the Beasties, and No-Show Jones, all to a sample of Metallica's "Sad but True," it's cool, more or less, but not as monumental as "Bawitdaba," which had true wit, original riffs, and a sense of purpose. But, once you've worn out Devil and you need a new fix, you're not going to find it on the older Kid Rock albums -- you're going to find it here. It's not a great listen, but its swagger and white-trash style make it the second-best record in his catalog to date.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2000
Label:
Lava
UPC:
0075678331428
catalogNumber:
83314
Rank:
36783

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The History of Rock 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
for those of u who have not had the chance 2 listen 2 the early Kid Rock L.P's this 1 will surly get your attention of of his early skateboarding day hit's any artist will tell u getting there is fun ... but staying is a little harder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so glad that Bob 'Kid Rock' has finally been noticed by the public. He deserves all the hype possible...he has been waiting a long time for this to happen. Way to go Bob!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new CD from the Kid is very cool. He has some songs from his past CD. Which was a great idea. Because of the music he sings in this I think that it is appropriate for ages 12 and up. I wouldn't let my kids listen to this until they were 12.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the problem with most listeners are they listen but dont hear it,there is a lot to learn from this young man,he speaks the truth,is upfront,and a refreshing new attitude,i wish him well,and would like to ride bikes with him one day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kid Rock rules and is a bad boy but his music is really good espeacially the song Only God Knows Why because every time I hear it I sing along with it. My friend got me into him about two years ago and I love him alot. Kid Rock rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
InsaneCrazedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
kid rock is the best of the best hes awesome hes amazing hes very orginial plus he makes alot of cool songs on his albums kid rock is the best of the best
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that this is beyond a shadow of a doubt one of the Kid's best.All of the songs are kick @$$,especially What's My Name,Prodigal Son,I Wanna Go Back,Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp,Paid,and,well you get the point.They're all awesome.Wether or not you've been listening to Kid Rock for years,or you're just now becoming a fan,I strongly reccomend this CD,because,to steal a line from Kid Rock,''It's Going Platinum!''
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good cd but i think it is appropriate for people older than 10 i would not let my children listen to it until they were 10
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of best yet! not as good as devil without a cause but still good. american bad a$$ and born 2 be a hick r awsome!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
KID ROCK IS THE BEST, HE IS THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE, BECAUSE HE IS THE BEST!
Guest More than 1 year ago
NO KID ROCK. American Bad A** is a total rip off of Metallica's Sad But True.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago