‘Rock n’ Roll Jesus’ by Kid Rock

 

Rating: ★★★☆☆

It’s been around since 2007 but it’s Kid Rock’s seventh studio album and is a little different to what this hip-hop artist is usually known for. With more soul and jazz influences, it’s a new step for the Canadian.

The album starts off on an alright note, but soon heads down hill after ‘Amen’ is repeated beyond the point of what is sanity in the second song, also titled the same word.

The third track is one familiar from Lynyrd Skynyrd, with the introduction and several riffs in All Summer Long taken from the highly recognisable Sweet Home Alabama from 1974. Music buffs may also recognise Werewolves of London, by Warren Zevon, in there too – which is said to have the best opening line to a song ever, according to BBC Radio 2 and to be quite honest, I couldn’t agree more.

“I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand, walkin’ through the streets of Soho in the rain.”

Aren’t they just great?!

Back to Kid Rock, sadly, as the next song is just alright. Roll On is a softer ballad with nice lyrics and some interesting instrumentals but all in all a little too predictable; as, if you skip the next two songs, When U Love Someone is. It has an annoying ‘when you love someone, you don’t care what people say’ lyric which ends the song before another few skippable tracks that leaves you on the final song. Lowlife.

What begins like an old fashioned, or country like song, turns into an almost provocative song where the lyrics list what, well, what a Lowlife might be doing. A fairly decent guitar solo is thrown into the middle of the song, but doesn’t really do much else. Some brass adds a jazz touch to the sound but it’s still a rock song at heart and picks the song up to finish on a high.

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