Kid Rock
Rebel Soul


4.0
excellent

Review

by PolyrhythmStew USER (10 Reviews)
April 21st, 2018 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


The title Rebel Soul has a couple of implications. One is the literal one, that the album is a merger, redneck soul music. This comes out in tracks like "Celebrate", which sounds like a cross netween "Gimmie Some Loving", swamp rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Or "The Mirror" and "Chickens in the Pen", which sound like Southern fried Prince songs; "Chickens" merging Southern boogie and Morris Day-style funk rock.

But the concept of redneck soul doesn't carry throughout tge album; it's predominately Southern rock and country rock. There's some ZZ Top-esque boogie("3 Catt Boogie"), Kid's tribute to the city that spawned him (Detroit, Michigan) recalls Randy Newman's "I Love L.A.", with its lyrics paying tribute to everyone from Rosa Parks and Henry Ford to Detroit music legends Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and George Clinton, though surprisingly ignoring Detroit's rich hip-hop history (least of all Kid Rock's friend Eminem), which kick started Kid Rock's music career. Similarly, "Mr. Rock 'n Roll" has a lyric saying hip-hop hasn't got any soul, but for a former hip-hop artist to say that reflects the creative bankruptcy of modern hip-hop, that it can't live up to old school legends like Public Enemy, whose Flavor Flav's "yeahhhh boiiii" is sampled on "Cucci Galore". Kid Rock has a point about modern hip-hop; even Public Enemy have been making mediocre albums as of late.

Of course while creatively channeling Hank Williams Jr. on "Redneck Paradise" and Creedance Clearwater Revival on "Let's Ride", there is some repetition, with "The Mirror" repeating the autotuned country arrangement style of "Only God Knows Why" and the title track sounding like a "Born Free" rewrite.

While a few tracks aren't very memorable, the LP really starts off strong with 5 perfect tracks in a row, the best on the album being "Let's Ride", which is a tribute to America's military, for all the thungs they do to protect our country, serving American values with their consciences as their guide.

Rebel Soul, overall is a solid, entertaining album that sticks to Kid Rock's best strengths as a singer and songwriter. It is his first album to feature zero rapping, and was his least hip-hop influenced album to date, though it also lacks the hard rock and metal influences of his earlier albums. But it is still a good, fun listen with sone excellent songwriting.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Cosmopath
April 21st 2018


34 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

oh no not again

RippingCorpse1986
April 21st 2018


3004 Comments


Lol.
Guess someone has to do the dirty jobs on this site so other people can travel it confidently. Good job?

SandwichBubble
April 21st 2018


9227 Comments


"But the concept of redneck soul doesn't carry throughout tge album"
typo

Digging: Little Claw - Moss Has Fangs

VaxXi
April 21st 2018


4392 Comments


the south will rise again

TheSonomaDude
April 21st 2018


6738 Comments


hopefully the south will rise with Down and Crowbar and not Kid Rock

kintups55
April 21st 2018


204 Comments


When the south rises once again, it'll start deep in the heart of the south, the great state of Michigan.

Doctuses
April 21st 2018


1878 Comments


id rather live in huts in uganda trying to fend off kony from raping my daughter making straw hats and purses for rich foreigners shitting in bushes thinking my flip phone from 2003 was just made by apple that year than to ever have to ever have to ever go to the south again



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