Rebel Soul (2012) 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… 2012-11-19 Kid Rock Rock Atlantic
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Rebel Soul (2012)

'REBEL' AT HEART Rock teeter totters between hip-hop and country sounds
'REBEL' AT HEART Rock teeter totters between hip-hop and country sounds
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Nov 19, 2012; Lead Performance: Kid Rock; Genre: Rock; Production: 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 Nov 14, 2012 Published in issue #1234 Nov 23, 2012 Order article reprints