Kid Rock
Rebel Soul


1.0
awful

Review

by Mark James Irwin USER (8 Reviews)
November 27th, 2012 | 114 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My name is KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID

One thing has been made abundantly clear over the years: Kid Rock is proud of his white trash redneck roots. While he has made a near-full switch from rap rock to country rock, his image and values have never quite changed. Time has proven to be a cruel mistress for the now 41-year-old “rocker”, who offers us his latest album Rebel Soul. In a time where country music is a shell of its former self, Rebel Soul reads off as a grocery list of genre cliches. Corny patriotism? Check. Gratuitous drinking? Check. Tearjerker ballads about love now lost? Check. All that's missing is his dog running away.

Musically, the southern/country rock sound leaves a lot to be desired. Bland twang-tinged licks and brief gospel vocals on the title track are laughable at best, and the cheesy horns and awful backing vocals on “Detroit, Michigan” feel out of place and comical. Kid Rock's vocal delivery tries hard to sound soulful, but on a record as bad as this, it comes off as disingenuous (it doesn't help that “The Mirror” relies heavily on AutoTune). Matters are made worse when one actually goes through some of the lyrics on this record. On “Let's Ride”, Kid Rock declares that in war, there's “no pussy, no dope, this ain't Saigon, but keep your heads up for roadside bombs”. “Happy New Year” features some of his new year's resolutions: “I’ll quit smokin’, I’ll quit eatin’, I’m not jokin’, I’ll quit cheatin’, I’ll quit cursin’, I’ll quit drinkin’, I’ll be a better person, but tonight I’m thinkin’”. Maybe he should have added “quit writing tedious songs” while he was at it.

The most frustrating track on the album is easily “Cucci Galore”, where “Bawitdaba” is rewritten as an overly misogynistic southern romper (complete with samples of Flava Flav's “YEAAAAH BOIIIIIII” thrown in at random times for NO reason). It serves as a reminder that Kid Rock once pretended like he possessed attitude at one point in his life, only to throw it away and become a bonafide good ol' boy. The fact that two of his songs have the nerve to contain “rock n' roll” in their titles shows how out of touch with his identity Kid Rock is. Yes, these are supposedly rock songs disguised as country, but Rebel Soul contains anything but. It lacks any heart or attitude, and sounds as lazy as a rocking chair on a front porch with none of the personality.

At the end of the day, Kid Rock still may not give a damn what anyone thinks, and there's nothing wrong with being confident or even cocky. It still won't help him in the long run when the only people who will still find his music to be “rebellious” in any form or fashion (in 2012, no less) will be his army of ass-backwards rednecks who cling to his every word like God-fearing gospel. To them, Kid Rock truly is Rock & Roll Jesus. To the rest of the world, Kid Rock is a tired act that long overstayed its welcome, and Rebel Soul does nothing to say otherwise.



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ConcubinaryCode
November 27th 2012


2141 Comments


Good review

tommygun
November 27th 2012


24989 Comments


"Musically, the southern/country rock sound leaves little to be desired."

I believe the expression is 'a lot to be desired' (implying it sucks and/or something is missing), not 'a little', but aside from that minor gripe this is a really good review. Pos'd.

GermanSchools
November 27th 2012


23 Comments


I'm with TommyGun, but it was a great review. Kid Rock is real terrible and deserves at least as much hate from the internet as the Nickelbacks and the Beibers. He gets off too easy.

VermicideReloadead
November 27th 2012


1433 Comments


Horrible, horrible artist. He was a joke when he was in the rap rock shit, a fuckin white thrash scum with some cheap whores, a generic band and a fuckin midget made that the whole thing look worse. Now he's an abomination in his southern rock/ country rock era, Ronnie Van Zant and Johnny Cash are rolling over his graves.

Mike08
November 27th 2012


609 Comments


Thank You for professionally trashing this clown. Big Pos!

BaseballJames
November 27th 2012


376 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

@Tommy Thanks for noticing. I'll fix that as soon as I can.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2012


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This just sounds terrible, Kid Rock is generally a terrible "musician" and this doesn't look promising. Good review, have a pos.

NightmareCinema16
November 27th 2012


2016 Comments


I just love this review. Have a POS.

Inferis
November 27th 2012


423 Comments


Have a pos. I just listened to Cucci Galore.... couldn't get through it.

The rest is probably just as holy shit bad.

henryChinaski
November 27th 2012


2796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Haha fuck this douchebag. Nice review.

Digging: Empires - Orphan

porch
November 27th 2012


8459 Comments


Ronnie Van Zant and Johnny Cash are rolling over his graves.


i roll over my graves every time i see you posting shit

Emim
November 27th 2012


26646 Comments


THE MIDNIGHT GLANCERS AND THE TOPLESS DANCERS

pizzamachine
November 27th 2012


12571 Comments


NOOOOOO I hate this guy

ZilbelPing
November 27th 2012


6161 Comments


Nice review, congrats on the feature. This guy's always sucked.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
November 27th 2012


2887 Comments


oh fuck yeah, KID ROCK BABY

ZilbelPing
November 27th 2012


6161 Comments


"i roll over my graves every time i see you posting shit"

porch rip

OmairSh
November 27th 2012


11560 Comments


DAT chart

Digging: Mono - Hymn To The Immortal Wind

BaseballJames
November 27th 2012


376 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thanks Zilbel. This is definitely one of the worst of 2012.

bloc
November 27th 2012


34925 Comments


MA NAME IS BLAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWKKKKKKKK

BaseballJames
November 27th 2012


376 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

BAWITDABLOC



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