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Rebel Soul

'REBEL' AT HEART Rock teeter totters between hip-hop and country sounds

'REBEL' AT HEART Rock teeter totters between hip-hop and country sounds

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Rebel Soul

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Kid Rock; Music Label: Atlantic

Kid Rock shed his backwoods battle-rap style to be a trailer-park troubadour long ago, but his ninth album still finds him rolling a pony keg through the intersection of hip-hop and country. Rock’s vivid narratives elevate ho-hum Seger-isms like ”God Save Rock N Roll.” Rebel Soul lives and dies by his yarn-spinning — when he abandons personal flourishes in favor of toasting to domestic beer and working-class honeys, the record’s charm dissipates like so much smoke at the cliché mill. B-

Best Tracks:
Chickens in the Pen
God Save Rock N Roll

Originally posted November 20 2012 — 12:00 AM EST

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