Rock N Roll Jesus

Rock N Roll Jesus

by Kid RockKid Rock


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When it comes right down to it, what Kid Rock attempts is kind of tricky: he's trying to create new classic rock, songs to compete with Skynyrd and Seger as the soundtrack of choice for jukeboxes and pickup trucks across the country. This is the sound of the white-trash, downriver rocker in him coming through, triumphing over the jive rapper who brought him his fame. It was there even when he was aping the Beastie Boys and yodeling in the canyon, but once the country-rock of "Picture" revived the sales of the flagging Cocky, he put all his chips on classic rock, beginning with 2004's eponymous platter, a good record without a single hit single. That lack of a hit was enough to scare Kid, to strip away his few lingering subtleties and turn out an album like 2007's Rock N Roll Jesus. Apart from a drum loop here and a chanted bridge there, this is classic white-trash rock through and through, withKid Rock doggedly following the path of his heroes: not only Bob Seger but John Fogerty, Alabama, Billy Squier, and evenElton John ("Blue Jeans and a Rosary" is straight out of "Levon"). He also pays homage to Back in Black with his cover art. Kid Rock works hard to evoke the ghosts of the past, hoping that all his allusions will give him classic rock cred by association. And while his words fall flat, the problems with the music aren't as serious: splashy and silly though it may be, at least the music gets the basic sound right, even if it's too polished and precise. [A clean edition with profanity removed was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678997167
catalogNumber: 290620
Rank: 14582

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kid Rock   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Moog Synthesizer,Talk Box,Lap Steel Guitar,Vox Organ
Rayse Biggs   Trumpet,Horn
Laura Creamer   Background Vocals
Thornetta Davis   Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Connie Ellisor   Strings
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Lawrence Fratangelo   Conga,Drums,Timbales
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Jim Grosjean   Strings
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Bettie Ross   Strings
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Sutton   Vocals
Alan Umstead   Strings
Catherine Umstead   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Karen Newman   Background Vocals
Tim Akers   Piano,Hammond Organ
Kenny Tudrick   Guitar,Drums
Sylver Logan Sharp   Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Karen Winkelmann   Strings
Jason Krause   Guitar
Bobby East   Guitar
Stefanie Eulinberg   Drums,Background Vocals
Jimmie Bones   Piano,Harp,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Strings
Marlon Young   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Soloist
Barbara Payton   Background Vocals
Aaron Julison   Bass,Background Vocals
Andre N. Jones   Background Vocals
Eberhard Ramm   Strings

Technical Credits

Kid Rock   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Author,Audio Production,Cut
Sutton   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mike E. Clark   Producer,Engineer
Paul T. Kwami   Contributor
Patrick Fong   Art Direction
Wesley Trigg   Contributor
Rob Gold   Art Manager

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