We have been there from "New York's Not My Home" to "The Cramper" and "Devil Without A Cause". We've been around for "Picture" and "Midnight Train To Memphis" to "You've Never Met A Motherf*&er Quite Like Me". We have listened many times to his self titled and one of his best albums "Kid Rock". Hell....... We even sang along with the bandwagon fans when "Rock n Roll Jesus" and "All Summer Long" topped the charts. So why I ask, has Kid Rock seem to have forgotten the ones that have been there from the start? Why did "Born Free" completely leave the tried and true fans in the dust? I don't know........
I bought the new "Born Free" album with much anticipation. I listened to it for about a week strait, tried so hard to love it, and now it sits in a rarely opened case on my passenger side seat of my car. I've tried to understand why Kid has taken this new route with his music, but nothing makes since. It's not like him to be so soft. It's not like him to have every song on an album sound the same. The only conclusion I could come to...... the genre this CD falls in is the biggest money maker in music today........ pop-country.
With this being said I have to say as a life-long fan I feel quite betrayed. Anytime I bought a Kid Rock cd in the past, I knew I would get a bit of everything..... that was the sheer beauty behind his music. A little hard rock, a little soft rock, some country, some blues, some pop and some rap.......and of course the occasional shit talk. I loved it; I don't know anyone who didn't. Kid Rock's music was always an ensamble of mixed emotions and tunes from his heart. He told it how it was, how he felt about things and he didn't give two shits what anybody thought. He built his fan base this way...... the fan base that made him what he is today. So where is our Album?
"Born Free" is not an album for the faithful followers of Kid Rock, but yet a tribute to his newfound fans. The same fans who idolize any bigtime pop country singer with any hot song right now. The unfortunate thing about these fans is they come....... and then as quickly as do...... they go. They get tired too fast and the meaning of loyalty escapes them. Before you know it, they're cheering on the next American Idol winner into stardom. I for one hope this happens sooner rather than later; and then hopefully the Kid will come out with a revival album telling EVERYONE to "Fu%K Off!"
I will always continue to buy Kid Rock's albums...... no matter how much lamer they may get. I have always bought his music and I always will. If anything, at least my kids can listen to the new stuff and I wont have to turn down the radio every other sentence. That and I will no longer have to buy two copies....... one for me and my enjoyment the other the Wal-Mart version for the kids.
I hope the kid's next album is like the days of old. Showing the musical talent he posesses and keeping us entertained throughout the whole album. I will always be a loyal listener and follower.... no matter what; even if he goes gospel. I will go to his concert this year, just like I do every other year...... but it may be my last one. If the whole concert is pop country oriented them I'm done. I spend too much money at these shows..... close to $600 everytime. I pay for everyone to party, but there can't be a party if everyone's falling asleep.
Please Kid.....please prove me wrong. Make me look like a huge jackass........ write a rock rap in my honor. Contrary to what you said on a CMT show..... rock rap isn't dead. You're the Micheal Jackson of rock rap. If you make it......we will still buy it. To this day there isnt one Kid fan that can honestly say they dont listen to devil wout a cause, or waistin time or cocky..... probably more than the new stuff. Until you revert to Hank........ this is going to be like a long ride on the "Rock n Roll Pain Train".
Fan for Life,