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    • How The Right Lost Its Mind
      How The Right Lost Its Mind is a history lesson from longtime conservative Charles J. Sykes on how the Right went wrong and ultimately ended up at Trump.  
    • John Maus Shares Trippy Football-Themed Video for New Song “Touchdown,” Announces Tour
      John Maus has shared a video for a brand new song, "Touchdown." Both the song and the video reference football (of the American variety). Jennifer Juniper Stratford directed the trippy video, which starts with a player taking a knee and continues with images of players in red against a black background. Maus shows up as a coach. Watch it below. Mau […]
    • Premiere: Garbage “Only Happy When It Rains (rare acoustic version)” from The Glamour & The Squalor
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    • Fat Tuesday
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    • Hamilton Leithauser Shares Video for “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)” (Song Features Angel Olsen)
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    • Spoon Share “Do I Have to Talk You Into It” Video Featuring Crazy Photoshop Tutorial
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    • A flame my love, a frequency
      Cécile Schott (aka Colleen) likes to keep it fresh. Having only recently introduced vocals to her immaculate ambient compositions, the French multi-instrumentalist throws up another curveball on Colleen's sixth LP by dropping her instrumental mainstay—the viola da gamba—for a Septavox synthesizer.
    • Premiere: Jo Goes Hunting’s Iceland Airwaves Mixtape
      Our Iceland Airwaves mixtape series returns this week with more hidden gems from the upcoming festival.
    • Spirited Away
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    • NOFF 2017 That’s a Wrap
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    • Premiere: Cimo Fränkel - 'Never Give Up' October 23, 2017
      Super smooth R&B with a tropical taste...Coming of age in Amsterdam, Cimo Fränkel was always surrounded by music. The young vocalist's father was a funk musician, allowing him access to a library of sharp influences and inspired music. Yet there was something else. Taught to be independent, Cimo seized this with both hands, vowing to take control of […]
    • Polaris Prize Winner Lido Pimienta Announce UK Show October 23, 2017
      Toronto based talent is flying across the Atlantic...Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta has announced plans for a rare UK show. The Colombian-born and Toronto based artist returned last year, releasing her astonishing album 'La Papessa'. An exploration of race, identity, sexuality, and more, it also stood out as a vivid left of centre pop document, […]
    • Gemma Collins Meeting Stormzy Is So Pure October 23, 2017
      This will beat those Monday blues...Gemma Collins made a spectacular appearance at the Radio 1 Teen Awards over the weekend. Accidentally falling offstage, the reality television star spawned a new meme with the simple slip of a foot. But that's not all she got up to - at one point Gemma Collins crossed paths with Stormzy and that moment was so, so pure […]
    • Liam Gallagher To Play Finsbury Park Show October 23, 2017
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    • Premiere: Glass Mountain - 'Gin Flows Through My Veins' October 23, 2017
      Something special from Bradford...Glass Mountain hail from Bradford, a city with a small, but incredibly fertile, creative scene. Taking their name from a David Hockney artwork, the band's sound is drenched in visual allusion, matching the size and scope of Sigur Ros, say, to something rather more personal. Working alongside DIY powerhouse Hide & Se […]
    • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah On The Shifting Nature Of Independence October 23, 2017
      Alec Ounsworth writes for Clash...Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were one of the first groups to break solely via the internet. The band's music was exchanged by fans, a digitally-enhanced hype circuit that spread across the globe, free from any barriers. 10 years on, the group are still claiming their independence. Leader Alec Ounsworth has steered Clap Your […]
    • Track Of The Day 23/10 - Woodes October 23, 2017
      'Dots'Melbourne artist Woodes is always evolving. With her profile blossoming the Australian artist recently embarked on a lengthy trip overseas, and this only served to spur her on. New cut 'Dots' was prompted by her travels, with Woodes picking up on this notion of distance to craft something personal. She explains: "The song evolv […]
    • Introducing... All Points East October 23, 2017
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    • Where To Start... Metallica October 23, 2017
      A quick guide to the current Clash cover stars...Few bands have had the ability to endure 35 years together, let alone such a timeframe at the uppermost tier of rock music. Metallica have cleared pretty much every hurdle that’s been put in front of them - well maybe not that ill-fated Lou Reed collaboration… They’ve had countless number one albums, headlined […]
    • James Holden & The Animal Spirits Share 'The Animal Spirits' Clip October 23, 2017
      An entrancing clip directed by Dan Tombs...James Holden & The Animal Spirits is the latest project from the producer, and it features the singular talent in a group setting. New album 'The Animal Spirits' arrives on November 3rd, with the hypnotic electronics of the title track staking out a fresh chapter for James Holden. Dan Tombs has directe […]
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Best Albums of 2015: Kid Rock – First Kiss

Posted by falconi5 on March 16, 2015

Kid Rock – First Kiss (Rating 3.5 out of 5)

firstFirst Kiss, the latest from Kid Rock is good. It is a really good record. No need to adjust your ears, clean out your bongs, or find that old Gas,Grass, or Ass, Nobody Rides for Free bumper sticker from back in the day to get scratch your Rock and Roll itch, this is good old fashioned 70’s Night Moves, no frills Rock and Roll at it’s finest.

Belting out tunes like he owns the place, the transformation from Hip-Hop loving bawitbaba chip on his shoulder white rapper to New Country lameness courtesy of his image shattering collaboration with Sheryl Crow, and on to Classic Rock Superman is finally complete.

After whimpering into the public consciousness with the white trash, redneck funk of the unfortunately named andkid3 equally lame Grits Sandwich for Breakfast followed by two more obscurely forgettable efforts, the future was so dim for Kid Rock there was no reason to wear shades. With his first couple of albums sounding like a third rate imitation of The Beastie Boys, along with a career that quickly seemed to be going the way of Vanilla Ice without the one-hit wonder, the man under the fedora was attached to a rocket that had no tail and it was swerving out of control.

And then came Devil Without a Cause and “Boom Goes the Dynamite!” Completely ignored by the misguided “rap is crap” Classic Rock community, this one might be the best Rock and Roll record of the 90’s. If you don’t believe me, simply listen to “Cowboy” and picture Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy performing the song instead of Kid Rock and Twisted Brown Trucker. Wrap your ears around the guitar licks and the Classic Rock vibe. Think about what the song would sound like with no lyrics at all, just hard driving, hard charging Rock. Listen to “Wasting Time” with it’s Fleetwood Mac “Second Hand News” opening, the soul sister backing vocals, and the smoking, drinking, and carousing anthem that seems to serve as the gateway drug and a definite harbinger of what would be to come in the making of a True Rock superstar.

Much like Dorothy found it necessary to overcome a few obstacles along the Yellow Brick Road, Kid Rock has found his journey from Vanilla Ice wannabe to the devil spawn of Bob Seger and Steven Tyler no less challenging. Cocky, the first post “Devil” release was interesting for the notable absence of Joe C., Kid’s little person party partner/hip-hop muse who was prominently featured in the cirque du soleil meets Dante’s inferno Fellini-esque anything goes live shows. But more importantly, the record featured “Picture,” a collaboration with Sheryl Crow which was a song that along with the accompanying video brought instant credibility with the Classic Rock listener-ship, and made him a favorite among the soccer mom and MILF sets.

With Kid Rock, released in 2003, the transformation from white-trash rapper and white-trash rocker to fully formed Blue-Collar Classic Rock Bob was pretty much complete. There is nary a hip-hop number on the record unless you count the bit of scatting that takes place on his cover version of Bad Company’s “Feel Like Making Love,” and it is a pretty decent Rock record. Heck, there even is a song called Rock and Roll on the album.
The trend continued with Rock and Roll Jesus, a record that features the pretty much brilliant mash-up of “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Werewolves of London” on “All Summer Long,” Born Free, a Rick Rubin produced clone of any of the latter day Seger records that features guest spots from Zac Brown and Seger himself, and finishing up with Rebel Soul where hisTrueblood,shape shifting journey the likes of which we haven’t seen since Hootie dumped his Blowfish and went all music row Country lame seemed to be pretty much complete.

But I digress.

With opening tracks that feature the title track, “Good Times, Cheap Wine,” and “Johnny Cash,” a three song opening salvo that serves to disrespect Coldplay and name check Tom Petty, Keith Whitley and Johnny Cash in the process, the sonic palate on First Kiss is locked, loaded and delivered.

kid4The Opener “First Kiss” is a throw back Thursday sort of a tune that waxes nostalgic about driving with the top down, an old Chevy and a couple of friends, and Tom Petty on the radio, the quintessential later teenage years American experience. The vibe here is driving pedal to the metal cool and would have snuggled in quite nicely on Seger’s Stranger in Town with a real “Hollywood Nights” feel to it.

The Seger meter get’s dialed back a few records to more of a Night Moves vintage with the Kid snarling it up Stevie Tyler style. There is not a lot if hidden innuendo on this one. “I like some good times, cheap wine, back beat, and rock and roll.” Heck, who doesn’t.

It is physically impossible for a song called “Johnny Cash” not to be good, and this one certainly doesn’t break that mold.

Sun is shining on Kentucky
they’re drinking bourbon by the batch
I’ll walk that line because you love me
and I want to be your Johnny Cash

With “Drinking with Dad,” a song that chronicles the sometimes troubled relationship with his Father and trying to live up to an image he felt he could never paint, Kid Rock has created his own “Cat’s in the Cradle.” It is a song every son and every father should experience together. Preferably over a cold beer. This along with “One More Song” and “Best of Me” represents an artist that has clearly found the crossroads in life, respects where he has been, and is ready to go down that road whether it has been less traveled or not.

Weighing in at a tidy nine songs not including the bonus track, this one hits all of the hot spots. A tight Rock and Roll Band, plenty of 20 feet from stardom soul singing background vocals, good time old- school themes of drugs sex, and Rock and Roll, and band leader that 10 years from now just might be the last true Rock Star standing.

Viva Kid Rock


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