I accept completely that times change, along with values, viewpoints etc etc and i admire Kid Rock for doing what he has done (his own thing). It's obvious that 'Born Free' completely contrasts to his earlier albums in lots of ways and don't get me wrong i've downloaded loads of Kid Rock country music,from Luckenbach Texas with Kenny Chesney to Willie Nelson Last stand in open country covers! I don't have an issue with the whole country thing.
What is a little shocking from the new album is the complete switch and a 'forgetting the past' vibe it emits. I have no problem with his country music yet the song 'Care' , which is probably the best on the album has a rap interlude. Kid Rock gained so many followers through the rap genre of music yet he doesn't even feature on this section of the song.
The same can be said when i bought a copy of Racing Father Time. The 'alternative version' of Lonely road of faith misses out the best part...The explosion in the middle.
It comes across as though that he wants to distance himself from this completely and from listening to the album, although i like it i just get the vibe he wants to create a whole new image for himself and leave the past behind, which is upsetting as a die hard fan!