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Kid Rock - Live Trucker Review

by Morley Seaver

Love him or hate him, you can't deny that Kid Rock knows how to throw a party. This live record was recorded at Cobo Hall in Detroit and it's a rowdy bunch that are in the audience. They're mostly led in that direction by the leadership of Mr. Ritchie who is adept at working a crowd. It's an interesting mix of rock, rap, country and blues that Kid throws into a blender resulting in his trailer park sound.

This is a best of set with all the hits thrown in here, like "Bawitaba", "Cowboy", "Devil without a Cause" and the country hit "Picture" (featuring Gretchen Wilson).

The set starts with "Son of Detroit" before hammering into a blazing version of "Bawitdaba" that is heavier than on record and he has the crowd on his side right from the beginning. It is followed by an awesome version of "Cowboy". The excellent bluesy intro gives a few shots at people like Clay Aiken and Britney Spears before cranking into the song. "Devil without a Cause" is powerful even before the video clip of Joe C. drives the crowd nuts.

In "Picture" Kid actually brings out Gretchen Wilson for some shared verses that comes off perfectly. Just to be sure we remember he's the still the main pimp of the rock/rap gang, we get "American Bad Ass", Rock N' Roll Pain Train" and "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp". And not to be outdone is "Motherf**cker Quite Like Me" and "Cocky".

The piano-driven "Only God Knows Why" is excellent and it's only outdone by the funky "Outstanding" which lives up to its name. Kid delivers a terrific vocal here, singing not rapping.

The record cover follows the same layout as a live record by Detroit legend Bob Seger, "Live Bullet". Overall, this is a really solid and enjoyable record by Kid Rock which should go a long way in proving to critics that he is more than just a shock rapper. There's a lot of substance here too.

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