Every kid has to grow up this includes Kid Rock. Gone are the days of Devil Without a Cause and Cocky, The Detroit Rock God has ushered in a sounds he’s been searching for, for a long time.
While he’s still singing about his favorite vices, women, Red Stag and cocaine, he does it in a different light with a brand new sound in his ninth studio album, Rebel Soul. In this new album, Rock and the Twisted Brown Trucker Band breaks the walls of genres with sounds of soul, blues and rock n roll.
The album kicks off with loud bass drum and Rock’s top of the lung screeching in the song “Chickens in the Pen”, setting the tone of the rest of the album, letting listeners know Rock is going to take them on an adventure of debauchery and bad ass rock n’ roll.
As always, Rock lets his listeners know where he’s from, Detroit, Mich., mentioning Detroit numerous times on the album. He also pays tribute to the Motor City in the track “Detroit, Michigan”. The song has a driving, rocking, soul-filled rhythm like those influenced by numerous musicians Rock pays tribute to in the song including Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Bob Seger.
Again, talking about Detroit, Rock tries out his storytelling abilities in “God Saved Rock n Roll”. With more rock n’ roll based roots and rocking harmonies from vocalists, Rock tells the story of a boy from south Detroit who rises to the top of the music world, then his decline back to where he started.
In the track “Redneck Paradise”, Rock paints a picture in the minds of his listeners of his personal heaven where everyone is laidback, drinking whiskey and partying all night. This country rock tune is one that people would be able to country two-step to, which is something you may just see in Kid Rock’s own redneck paradise.
While overall this is an exceptional album, what is a 14 track album should be only 12. There are two tracks, “The Mirror” and “Cucci Galore”, which are very distant from the sound of the rest of the album, making awkward transitions to and from the other songs.
While Rocks hard rock/hip-hop sound of his early days was enjoyable to listen to, the sound he is releasing from this album really fits him as a musician, and I’m hopeful he will continue to produce that sound.
No doubt this is the album that puts the rock, in Kid Rock.