Kyle Anderson
November 20, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Rebel Soul

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Kid Rock
music label
81111
genre
Rock

We gave it an B-

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

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