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Kid Rock will release his 8th studio album, 'Born Free,' on November 16th via Atlantic Records. The record was produced by Rick Rubin and mixed by Greg Fidelman. The first single from the album will be, appropriately, 'Born Free' which hits radio September 14th. 'Born Free' is in many ways a transformational album for Kid Rock. While there is still the edge, wit, and swagger of previous albums, he doesn't rap, there's no metal - there isn't even a parental warning sticker.

Says Kid Rock, 'The catalyst for this record was Detroit, and my thoughts on the world through the lens of Detroit. Watching everything go downhill over the past few years, the economy, the loss of jobs everywhere, I wanted to make a record that reflected the times but that still had soul.'

The bulk of the album was recorded live in a two week span in Los Angeles with a stellar cast of musicians including Heartbreaker Benmont Tench, Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith, David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and Chavez guitarist Matt Sweeney. Studios in Detroit, Nashville and Atlanta were used to incorporate collaborations with Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown, Trace Adkins, and in a pairing surely never to be replicated - T.I. and Martina McBride on the track 'Care.' Kid Rock and Rick Rubin, as friends, have spent many hours talking about their respective histories - starting in hip-hop, crossing into and creating new territories - as well as the need for a great new American classic rock record that challenges the field. 'Born Free' is in part the result of those conversations - an album that is meant to be played from start to finish.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Born Free
  2. Slow My Roll
  3. Care (Feat. Martina McBride and T.I.)
  4. Purple Sky
  5. When It Rains
  6. God Bless Saturday
  7. Collide (Feat. Sheryl Crow & Bob Seger on piano)
  8. Flyin’ High (Feat. Zac Brown)
  9. Times Like These
  10. Rock On
  11. Rock Bottom Blues
  12. For the First Time (In A Long Time)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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67 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on November 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening online to this album for a week and I love it. As Rock himself has said, he is getting older and his music reflects that. He is not screaming and cussing and "saying his name" all the time like he did 10 years ago - he doesn't have to. He has grown as a singer, songwriter and performer. As a longtime fan of him, I really appreciate it. This sounds like it might have come out in the 70s era of Skynyrd and the Eagles and Seger, which is the kind of music I gravitate towards now that I am getting older myself. I thought "Rock and Roll Jesus" was a good album but "Born Free" is even better. As a Michigander, I appreciate all of the free promotion Rock gives to our state, including shooting his beautiful video in the UP.

Get this album. You won't regret it.
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102 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Micheal Hunt on November 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Being a Kid Rock fan since way back when, I was already prepared and pre-warned that what was going to be on this album was not the hip-hop or metal stuff, but a more classic feel. Now, after hearing the album, I can say I'm not overly disappointed, but I feel there was a little too much focus on production rather then making a hit song. Kid Rock stated he wanted to make more songs like "Picture" & "Only God Knows Why" but I honestly don't think anything on this album comes close to being as memorable. I'm not saying the album is bad at all, it's just I think Rick Rubin may have focused on the wrong aspects of the production of this album rather then what really mattered. I first heard Rick Rubin's work back in 1995 when he produced AC/DC's "Ballbreaker" album, and despite what others may have to say about it, I think he did a great job of it. On this album, I'm not sure why Rubin wanted to replace Kid Rock's band "The Twisted Brown Truckers" with other musicians. As someone has already stated in their review too, "why? There is nothing special about the musical aspect of this album" which I couldn't agree more with. Tho I could hear a difference between how what the TBT and this band would have done it, it's not that noticeable a difference, and i'm sure Rick Rubin could have gotten the exact same sound out of them.

"Born Free" is a decent track, starting off sounding country then progressing into somewhere between classic rock and southern blues with a pop element mixed into it.

"Slow My Roll" sounds a bit like a Creedence Clearwater Revival song, then rolling into a ZZ-Top goes countryish. Not bad, but could easily be forgettable.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Maloney on November 16, 2010
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I've been a Kid Rock fan since Devil, and after hearing that album, I went back to his older stuff to soak it all in. All I can say is that I loved the Rock part of Kid Rock all these years, and I don't feel like he's doing that anymore. This album belongs in the country category more than any album I've ever listened to in my 30 years on this planet. I will say this right now, I'm not a country fan, but I loved Rock N Roll Jesus, thought it was some of his best material, and have seen him in concert something like 7 times in the Detroit area. This album just doesn't feel like Kid Rock to me. It's a consistantly slow effort. I loved some of his slow tracks from previous albums, but I also loved it when he took it up a notch and kicked the place apart. I will say that this album is consistant, and if consistancy is always what you've been looking for in a KR album, this is where you should look. Just don't look for anything that's going to rock very hard, or give you the energy his previous efforts did.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Hof on December 30, 2010
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I know I'm late to the party, but I'll throw in my two cents here. Kid Rock used to exemplify energy; in this album, he exemplifies ennui. I bought the album for my wife as a Christmas present, as she loves his earlier albums, but after three listens the best comment she can come up with is "it's pleasant". I don't know about you, but if the best word to describe his album is "pleasant", then he really hasn't displayed the spark that made him famous in the beginning. I did enjoy the opening song "Born Free", in a 70's rock vibe ala Bob Seger, and a tune or two reminded me, as others have mentioned, of Eagles or Creedance Clearwater Revival, but for the most part this disc just doesn't inspire any feelings at all. Maybe it's time to drop the "Kid Rock" identity and just go by Bob Ritchie for his next endeavor.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Good music lover on January 6, 2011
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For all people who used to admire Kid Rock,this Cd is a piece of junk,if I want to listen to country music there a lot better musicians,but really this Cd is a bad joke.I am not kidding,this is a waste of money,unless you like slow country music from a non-redneck,a former,ex metalist.What a pitty!!.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Aughey on November 17, 2010
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It doesn't appear that this record is going to get much RAVES. It shouldn't either, it's actually just ok. I think KR is going to fully cross over to country. His last 2 efforts lead one to beleive this is the case. Iwill put him in the category of a Zac Brown Band. Great sound/band with the ability to play a country and rock hybrid of music. I'm not saying this is bad, but for KR fans, if you haven't figured this out by now, don't buy this record. Het don't fret musicians sometime wonder from their original roots, and end up going back (usually to late from a career standpoint). It's safe to say KR is no longer Rock. Let's hope he wins a CMA (wouldn't that be funny). Oh well, thankfully he had some early good Rock, thanks for the memories!
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