Kid Rock "Rebel Soul" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 20 Nov 2012 08:11:09
Kid Rock might just revive rock 'n' roll with Rebel Soul.
If anybody's got the gusto to do it, it's the Detroit maverick. His sixth full-length album stands out as his best yet, siphoning that signature concoction of classic rock, blues, Motown, and country into 14 songs that are distinctly him. In a modern age where it seems like no one else has the heart to wave the flag for rock music, he waves it proudly and with more passion than anyone.
The gates to the party open as he exclaims "The mule keeps kicking the chickens in the pen" as a swaggering riff cycles in and out with a Gospel-style harmony on the aptly titled "Chickens In the Pen". It'd be the perfect soundtrack to a bonfire jam replete with wine poured and cigar smoke billowing. In other words, you'll "have yourself a time" listening to it. "Let's Ride" remains one of Rock's most potent anthems yet, cruising on a highway of distortion, propulsive drums, and immense hooks.
The title track skates along on elegant acoustic guitar and a big twang before the singer delivers one of his most telling verses on the record. "God Save Rock n Roll" is a plea to the good Lord to keep the genre alive with piano swagger and a countrified stomp. Album standout "The Mirror" is an introspective and, at times, poetic reflection that exudes raw power from Rock's delivery and confessional lyrics. "Cocaine and Gin" slides in on a sexy soul groove as the sun comes up after a night of letting loose, and "Midnight Ferry" closes everything out with a final fitting goodbye.
We need more guys out there like Kid Rock. Even if he is a lone wolf right now, he's done a hell of a job keeping rock music alive with Rebel Soul. There's nothing more rebellious than that in this day and age.
Have you heard Rebel Soul? It's the first Kid Rock title on iTunes...