Kid Rock struts back into the spotlight with COCKY, the long-awaited follow-up to his 1998 classic, DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE. Packed with brash tracks like the swaggering first single, "Forever," COCKY sees Detroit's Favorite Son doing what he does best - stirring up a multitude of musical styles into his own unique brand of chicken-fried rock n' roll. Electric metal, streetwise hip-hop, classic country, powerhouse punk, and redneck boogie all combine to make that unstoppable, undeniable Kid Rock sound - the very same sonic assault that blew up radio and MTV with such hits as "Bawitdaba," "Cowboy," "Only God Knows Why", and "American Bad Ass." With larger-than-life arena anthems like "Lonely Road Of Faith," COCKY burns with rambunctilus energy, thanks in large part to the always-brawny backing of the Twisted Brown Trucker band, along with special guest shots from Sheryl Crow and Snoop Dogg.
He's been a cowboy and a pimp and an American bad-ass, but now Kid Rock is just plain Cocky
: it's nice to know that fame, fortune and the envy of millions have allowed him to be the proper rock star he's always wanted to be. There's no real change from his breakthrough album Devil Without a Cause
, then; Cocky
is another hard-partying mix of hard rock and hip-hop, backed once again by his Twisted Brown Truckers (including DJ and star-in-his-own-right Uncle Kracker
). If anything, the Kid's now taken his act farther South, mixing in the delta blues (no really, it's there in "Drunk in the Morning"), country music (realising, quite rightly, that one can never have too much pedal-steel guitar) and Dixie-fried rock (he even samples Lynyrd Skynyrd
's "Freebird" on "You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me"). And, at times, the Kid even starts to act his age, though we all always knew he'd grow old disgracefully. So while for the most part the lyrics still follow the same themes (women, booze, money, his general greatness), there are glimpses of genuine introspection that leak through on songs such as "Picture" (with, of all people, Sheryl Crow) and "Lonely Load of Faith". It doesn't stick, though; once a Kid, always a Kid. Fortunately, there's nobody who does it better than him. --Robert Burrow