unregistered, on november 28, 2003 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Kid Rock, famous as white-trash rapper/rocker trying to refashion himself as modern day rocker. With abandoning metal and hip-hop, he seized this opportunity to become a full-out rocker and outlaw country singer with his 2003's album -- "Kid Rock". // 10
Lyrics: 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; it sounds as if Hank Williams Jr. and David Allan Coe are his new role models. // 8
Overall Impression: 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, 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 (his '01 release), 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 clich 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 cliches, 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. // 10
unregistered, on april 12, 2004 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: This new album is great. It is louder and heavyer thatn any other of his other records. Most of the riffs are great, there is only like 2 songs that arn't that good. There is alot of acoutic work on this cd, more then any of his other albums. The solos are the best part of this cd. The best solo would be in the heavyest song on this album "Jackson Mississippi", all of the riffs are great in this song are very loud and heavey.The best into is on "black bob" its like a solo at the beginninging of the song. There is still is rap songs on the cd,but they don't suck. Some of the cd's best guitar work is in the song "hillbilly stomp" and thats a rap song. The sound is very good. // 10
Lyrics: Most of his lyrics are about living in Detroit. He talks alot about getting stoned and drunk and how people making fun of him and how now he is famose so now he can laugh in their faces. In some songs he starts nameing alot of citys and states. You can sort of gusse wut the next song I about before you listen to it, it gets kind of old. Almost all the songs are still very well sang. He can sing high pitch screaming notes like zeppelin and a sort of bluse rock way like arowsmith. He does a great job with the re-mix of "feel like making" and he sings well with Hank Williums jr. in "cadilack pussy". The lyrics go well with the bass, drums, and guitar but arn't the best part of the album. // 6
Overall Impression: This cd is better then any of him other records, by far. To me it's better then most albums this year like Nickelback's or Finger Eleven's.
The best songs in this album are "Black Bob", "Jackson Mississippi", and "I am". "black bob" and "Jackson Mississippi" have the best guitar and bass of album, but "I am" has the best vocal work of the cd. I love the guitar and bass work in this album. I've never heard anyone play the guitar better for Kid Rock on any of his records. It is definitely worth buying. It's great. Buy Kid Rocks new album "Kid Rock". // 8