Album Review: Kid Rock – Rock n Roll Jesus

By on Tuesday, 9th September 2008 at 1:13 pm

Kid Rock hasn’t ever really shone on our side of the pond, well not for his musical capabilities, more or his rumping, humping and to-ing and fro-ing with Pamela Anderson, so having his video plastered all over the music box is somewhat of a shock to our systems. That said is not quite unpleasant, it is in fact an enjoyable diversion to the modern pop that repeatedly floats over the airwaves. By leaving the fluffy, simple Simon lyrics to the other genre merging artists out there, he gives his listeners a chance to ponder with him on some of the more serious topics out there.

This is apparent on his track ‘Amen’ where the line “our nation’s race relations got me feeling guilty for being white” shows that there is more depth to him than singing swinging and being merry with the ladies. It continues onto the chart topping ‘All Summer Long’ which is a light hearted reflection on yester year’s innocence; you have to smile at the line “we were trying different things and smoking funny things”, surely that is the true essence of the adult summer holidays.

By the time you reach ‘Roll On’ you realise that there is true diversity on this album, his soft nature seeps through on this track as his mellow gruffness serenades your ears. This song is appears to be a reflection of his current person; seasoned on the spices of life with a splash of old school rock fusions making for a well rounded, capable artist able to marry all the ‘best bits of music’. He won’t even allow the song to finish on a low note, the sax and the piano both battling out to reach the listeners soul on the deepest chord.

If you think this is an album that sees him turn his back on his rock beginnings you’d be sorely mistaken, you just have to listen to ‘So Hott’ to realise that lines like “I want to f**k you like I’m never gonna see you again” will always be present on a Kid Rock album. How can you deny the skill of someone that isn’t afraid to insert “Nazi” into a song and follow up with the ability to rhyme it with “yahtzee” and finally “paparazzi”? If lyrical dexterity of such clear calibre does not get your juices flowing and you then perhaps the slower more sensual ‘When you love someone’ is more your cup of tea with its choir style conclusion adding once again another dimension to Rock’s repertoire.

The same can be said of ‘New Orleans’, what a wonderful fusion of jazz, blues, soft rock and country essences. This song quite literally lifts your spirits and your derriere from its current position and places it a good few feet notches higher. It is jam city central on this track and you gotta join in, if only with a shoulder shimmy or two. The spirit and soul in this song is undeniable and of all the songs on the album this is probably the one that is most likely to get the household up and forming their own air band, complete with ‘screw-faced’ air guitar recitals and furious drum pounding with those professional yet imaginary sticks.

After such energy you have to wipe the sweat off your brow and get ready for the heavy bass lined ‘Don’t Tell me U Love Me’, a mellow yet powerful medley of intermittent scratching and choir-clappy song that leaves the listener somewhat baffled as to what genre box to place. Admitting defeat, it falls into the simple box of ‘good-song genre’ as there really is no definitive genre e-fit for it. Kid Rock’s ability to fuse so many different sounds has been called comical by some, I think he displays the ingredients of a truly classic album and artist. There is no way one can review this album without giving ‘Half Your Age’ its just dues, this country inspired comical slur on Pamela Anderson is a hilarious listen, refreshingly honest with possibly the chorus-anthem highlighting the plight and desires of all men; “she’s half your age and twice as hot”.

Any album that can catapult you back to yesteryear with a smile on your face, fast forward it to the consciousness of today’s woes with determination and grit. All the while scaffolding interesting and intriguing lyrics on a melee of beats, guitar grime, pristine piano playing and an all natural feel that is unrivalled by many other artists.

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One Response

1:26 pm
9th September 2008

I reaaaaally love Kid Rock! Not only he is a great artist, but he also has a great life! His numerous weddings with Pamela Anderson testify it ;-)! Anyway, I love his CDs…

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