Kid Rock claims to have merged the hard rock with the hip hop. Not too mention a touch of country. However, the effort sounds more like a gimick to me.
As corny, crass, and egotistical Kid's lyrics are, there is a certain to charm to them inspite of the vulgarity. And this is the Clean Version no less. Even though this recording isn't serious music like lets say the Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, or Aerosmith, somehow I find myself intrigued by such tracks as Forever, Lay It On Me, Lonely Road Of Faith, I'm A Dog, and Cocky. And the duet with Sheryl Crow is actually quite touching although Sheryl is a much better singer than the Kid could ever be.
Nonetheless, the instrumental prowess and special effects are quite catchy as well. The Kid does attempt to cover a lot of ground here and is fairly successful in spite of some vocal shortcommings. He raps pretty decently when not screaming though. Since I can't seem to get that Forever Song or Lay It On Me out of my head I must have some kind of liking to this record. Therefore, I'll admit my guilty pleasures and give it three stars.