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No Stranger to Shame

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lava
  • ASIN: B000067CPZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
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1. I Do
2. Thunderhead Hawkins
3. In A Little While
4. I Wish I Had A Dollar
5. Drift Away
6. Baby Don’t Cry
7. Keep It Comin’
8. Memphis Soul Song
9. I Don’t Know
10. To Think I Used To Love You
11. Letter Tom My Daughters
12. No Stranger To Shame

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Originally Release '02 , Second album from Kid Rock's turntable Wizard , a collection of willowy jangle rock with Motown and rap influences thrown in. Executive produced by Kid Rock.


Uncle Kracker might have rap-rock numbskull Kid Rock to thank for putting him on the map, but with the release of his solid sophomore set, the Michigan mauler can stand up and take a bow. For not only is Uncle Kracker the most Southern-sounding musician ever to emerge from the edge of the Great Lakes, he's also one of the most versatile. As such, No Stranger to Shame is by turns country, rock, soul, blues, and sometimes a vigorous mix of the lot. The horn-section-goosing opening track "I Do" is pure Stax with a little '70s-era thwacketa-thwacketa guitar menace; "Thunderhead Hawkins," with its drawling vocals and slide guitar, is pure Arkansas front-porch boogaloo; "Memphis Soul Song" is just that; "To Think I Used to Love You" could have been torn from the Merle Haggard songbook; and "Keep It Comin'" is fierce hip-hop. A ballad, "Letter to My Daughters," is sweet if unnervingly sappy (think Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses"), while Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath adds negligible freight to the title track. But No Stranger to Shame's finest moment is a borrowed one--a faithful cover of Dobie Gray's inspirational rock & roll love letter, "Drift Away." An underappreciated classic from the early '70s, "Drift Away" still sounds relevant, and Kracker's soulful version--featuring Gray himself--will do much to spotlight that comforting old chestnut. --Kim Hughes

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Format: Audio CD
Uncle Kracker is the perfect example of a musical artist that has his connections to thank for him having a career - suffice to say, if it wasn't for Kid Rock, Kracker would be just your token DJ in a band, or maybe even serving up crawfish at a restaurant near you. Nothing that we have ever heard from has warranted the attention or radio airplay that he has received - the songs are all as soulless and vapid as his recording pseudonym suggests.
Kracker's debut album, Double Wide, basically presented him as a kinder, gentler Kid Rock - "comin' straight at ya from the Detroit trailer park, y'all", but less likely to raise hell, and you could take him home to meet your mother. That album did have a ubiquitous hit in "Follow Me" (which differed greatly from the rest of DW) and, not surprisingly, Kracker follows in the grand tradition of other lifeless corporate pop acts (Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth) and desperately tries to duplicate the sound of his past hit on the follow-up, No Stranger To Shame.
This album plants Kracker squarely in the realm of adult contemporary - everything here is tailor-made for the "listen at work" stations, but there is nothing redeeming at all about any of the songs here. Kracker had to resort to releasing a cover ("Drift Away") in a bid for radio play - it worked for him, but the fact that Dobie Gray sings circles around him casts a dark shadow on Kracker ... it was obvious that he couldn't carry the song on his own. If you like music that plays it safe, there's plenty for you to chew on here, but nothing artistically relevant or profound to speak of, and Kracker's trite lyrics and toneless voice certainly doesn't help any.
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Uncle Kracker's debut LP Double Wide was unlike anything else that had come before, but it had the misfortune of containing a hit single that was wholly unlike almost anything else on the album ("Follow Me"). A lot of people bought it expecting a country album, but were unable to enjoy the rap / blues / country / southern rock hybrid that the rest of the album contained. Still, it had a sound that was brilliant, and a great vibe that flowed through from start to finish.
This time, Uncle Kracker has decided to adopt a more straightforward, radio hit friendly approach. Rap is almost absent, only present on three songs, and the emphasis is placed on just writing good, fun pop tunes. I don't consider this selling out, since the rap dominance of the debut was probably due at least in part to Kid Rock's extensive co-writing credits. On this album, Kracker is merely trying to get out from under Kid Rock's shadow, and get attention for his own style. On the plus side, there are more individual songs that stand out this time around, as opposed to the original, where much of the second half of Double Wide blended together and coasted on a good vibe. Thankfully, Kracker hasn't gone completely Sugar Ray on us (despite that band's singer making a negligible guest appearance on the title track), since he jumps back and forth from country, to blues, to funk, and to simple radio friendly pop tracks.
Standouts include the oughta-be huge single "In A Little While", which takes the standard "summer song" sound, ala LFO and Sugar Ray, and finally does it right, with a surprisingly emotional chorus.
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As a 43 year old mother of 3, I feel a little old to like this guy so much. He is so talented though, my whole family has liked his singles. Unfortunetly though, I bought this cd based on the singles that I had heard and even though I saw the "parental warning" I had no idea about the hidden soundtrack. I was so excited to buy this cd . I listened to it twice and really liked most of the songs, even the first rap song was o.k. although not my favorite. Because of the time lapse on the last track (and the fact that the cover didn't mention it unless you read the small print) I totally missed this last song. My teenage son was the one to find it and point it out to me. He is so great on most of his songs, I wish he would leave the explicit words out. Otherwise I will continue to follow his work, he has a lot to offer.
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Format: Audio CD
Great cd!
Keep it Comin' - Okay, not very good. Bad intro song. 2/5
Thunderhead Hawkins - REALLY GOOD! Get's the cd into motion. 5/5
In A Little While - Nice really really good. 5/5
I Wish I Had A Dollar - Really good. I like it a lot 4/5
Drift Away - YES! 5/5
Baby Don't Cry - Okay, 3/5
I Do - Really really good 4/5
Memphis Soul Song - EXCELENT! 5/5
I Don't Know - Pretty good 4/5
To Think I Used To Love - Not the best song... 3/5
Letters To My Daughters - My favorite song on the cd. Really reallly good 6/5
No Stranger To Shame - My second favorite song. Really nice. 5/5
Overall, 5/5
I HIGHLY Recomend this cd to any music lover of any kind. This cd has something for everyone. #1 and #12 are rapish, #2-#11 are country and every song as some mix of rock. VERY VERY GOOD!
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