Having been a massive fan of Kid Rock for many years, the arrival of this self titled 4th major label album had me filled with great excitement. On the back of the rather musically and lyrically laid back Cocky, I was expecting yet another stellar effort, and Kid didn't disappoint.
Kicking off with Rock 'n' Roll Pain Train, the song is a great opener with some smooth acoustic guitar work and superb vocals. The song has a great tempo and is very lively, but you notice a rather different style. A largely bluesy and country tinged effort which really sets the tone for the album. Cadillac Pussy is a toe tapping tune with Hank Williams Jnr providing some guest vocals, again, very different Kid Rock musically. Feel Like Making Love, the first single from the album and a Bad Company cover, brings in the more familiar heavier edge to Kid Rock's style, mixing it with a calm smooth sound. Black Bob and Jackson Mississippi are songs that Kid goes back to his old school rhyming and heavy guitar work. Then comes Cold and Empty which is a beautifully written and performed song, the song feels so emotional, country influenced too which also is the same line that Do It For You goes down, a beautiful country tinged ballad. Rock N Roll is a fast paced tune that again, is superb. Another collaboration with Sheryl Crow is included on Run Off To LA, these two sound great together. Hillbilly Stomp and I Am are probably the two songs that don't really come flying out at you when you listen to them but they are still good efforts. Son Of Detroit really rounds off the direction Kid has come into, with a great fast paced country bluesy barn burner!
All in all, you cannot fault this album at all. Musically and lyrically perfect, Kid Rock really shows he has the talent to perform in any genre of music he wishes too. If you haven't got this album, or don't own a Kid Rock album, you need to start here or give this guy a chance. He deserves more mainstream attention in the UK!