A great hand-clappinâ€™ back beat moves opener â€œChickens In The Penâ€ from Kid Rockâ€™s blazinâ€™ ninthÂ studio release, Rebel Soul. Bluesy â€œLetâ€™s Ride,â€ Kidâ€™s anthem to our military, is low, tight and a straight rocker with a strong commercial chorus. But the looser, electric jive strut of â€œ3 CATT Boogieâ€ is the best tune for me at the beginning of this 14-song soup (great lyric here).
â€œDetroit, Michiganâ€ is a name-dropper with some trilling electric guitar backing and horns, honky Â tonk piano and great backing vocals. One of Kid Rockâ€™s strengths is in his simple yet effective production, certainly evident on Rebel Soul. The title track has a strummed acoustic as its base. â€œGod Save Rock n Rollâ€ and â€œRed Neck Paradiseâ€ are fun rockers. â€œHappy New Yearâ€ is a sweet, county-influenced love hello, and marching snare and organ open the driving â€œCelebrateâ€ (great leads guitars here). Then weâ€™re into some electronic drum rhythm and effected vocal round an acoustic on the only slow tune, â€œThe Mirror.â€
I like â€œMr. Rock And Rollâ€ with its synth opening and female vocal moans into straight ahead rock. â€œCucci Galore, with its soft female rap, flangy guitar and bass pop behind Kidâ€™s vocals sounds the most like old Kid; itâ€™s another great tune. Thereâ€™s a sweet piano on the bluesy â€œCocaine And Ginâ€ and the easy roll of the high sing-able chorus of â€œMidnight Ferry,â€ which ends what is yet again another great album of good, solid rock songs that are well-produced, played, sung and written by Kid Rock.