Picks and Pans Review: Kid Rock

UPDATED 10/22/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/22/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT

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"It's all sex, drugs, rock-n-roll/A soul sensation that you can't control/And you can see I practice what I preach." So testifies Kid Rock on the spirited title tune of his new CD, which paints the bad boy as the savior of good sleazy fun. Certainly Rock is at his most juvenile on randy rockers like first single "So Hott" and "Sugar," on which he celebrates his skirt-chasing freedom after his divorce from Pamela Anderson. Sampling LL Cool J's "I'm Bad" and featuring a rap turn by Rock, "Sugar" is a rare nod to hip-hop. Anyway, he's more effective incorporating country on cuts like the humorous "Half Your Age" and gospel on tracks like "Amen," which finds him revealing the soul beneath the swagger: "How can we seek salvation when our nation's race relations got me feeling guilty of being white?" Pretty grown-up stuff for the Kid.
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