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Kid Rock - Rock N Roll Jesus

Kid Rock, Rock N Roll Jesus

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

KID Rock is, by his own admission, a wild child/outlaw figure who excels by challenging the establishment. Outspoken but fun, he has a long, proud history of rubbing people up the wrong way, while simultaneously giving others a good time while he does it.

His latest LP Rock N Roll Jesus is, by its very name, designed to get the holy-minded up in arms. But it’s just the top of the iceberg. In fact, I suspect that Kid views himself as the rock ‘n’ roll equivalent of hip-hop’s Snoop Dogg. Take a quick look at the back cover of the LP as proof… Kid dressed in cowboy hat, shades and a fur-tinged jacket, is flanked by two black bombshells who look as though they belong in the swinging ’70s.

Lyrically, too, he delves into some pretty Snoop-like territory, particularly when singing lines like “I want to fuck you like I’m never gonna see you again”. And yet underpinning each track are pure rock values, whether it’s heavy, stadium-filling piledrivers such as So Hott, radio friendly classic rock like All Summer Long, or country tinged ‘ballads’ like Blue Jeans And A Rosary.

By drawing on such a wide array of rock influences – Metallica, Bon Jovi, Bob Seger – he also guarantees that his album is nothing if not diverse… and deceiving. Fans drawn to Rock N Roll Jesus off the back of the radio success of All Summer Long might be shocked at some of the more hardcore elements and dirty lyrics of So Hott or <>i>Sugar.

And equally, the hardcore Kid Rock lovers might not always appreciate the diversions into country afforded by the likes of Blue Jeans… and Half Your Age.

Still, there’s no denying that Rock N Roll Jesus is a busy album; a good-time affair that’s designed to keep listeners on their toes, whilst delivering potshots at everything from religion in America, race relations, sex and, well, Pam Anderson!

Highlights include the feel-good current single All Summer Long, which borrows heavily and unashamedly from American classics such as Sweet Home Alabama and Werewolves of London; the husky alt-rock of Don’t Tell Me You Love Me, which defiantly proclaims that “I’m an outlaw… the only Cool Hand Luke left in this town” (nice lyric); the rollicking New Orleans; the gospel-backed When U Love Someone, and the stadium-filling rock of Sugar.

There is an element of bad taste in lyrics such as “I fuck hot pussy until it’s cold”, on Sugar, and the aformentioned “I want to fuck you like I’m never gonna see you again”, on So Hott, but Kid Rock kind of gets away with it – maybe because he has the good grace not to refer to his women as “bitches” or “whoes” throughout. And the guitars really do rock.

Not everything works, of course, and the title track is one example of the album trying too hard to tick all the boxes, but there’s always a song like Amen to restore the quality – that song, in particular, a damning indictment of modern America that takes swipes at religion, human nature, cut-throat lawyers and street violence in a style that’s pure Bob Seger (one of Kid Rock’s heroes).

It serves to ensure that Rock N Roll Jesus is an album with plenty to say that also still somehow provides the good time sorely lacking from a lot of more self-important releases. Go and indulge…

Download picks: Amen, All Summer Long, Sugar, When U Love Someone, New Orleans, Blue Jeans And Rosary, Don’t Tell Me U Love Me

Track listing:

  1. Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus
  2. Amen
  3. All Summer Long
  4. Roll On
  5. So Hott
  6. Sugar
  7. When U Love Someone
  8. New Orleans
  9. Don’t Tell Me U Love Me
  10. Blue Jeans And A Rosary
  11. Half Your Age
  12. Lowlife (Living The Highlife)

  1. Great album, top review but Kid Rock as Snoop Dogg? Come on…

    Andy    Aug 3    #