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Great title. Pretty good album. Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that Kid Rock decided to follow his Devil Without a Cause blueprint for its follow-up, since that was the record where he figured out how to mix "the hard rock/Southern rock with the hip-hop", creating a towering, powerful, original blend of country-fried metal, heartland rock, knowing arena rock posturing, old-school rap, and classic American hard rock. It was what he planned to do from the outset, so why should he give it up now that he could finally do what he always wanted? Still, there's no denying that a sequel simply does not pack the punch or the surprise of the original, no matter how well it's constructed, and that's why it initially is easy to view Cocky as a bit of a disappointment; it not only offers nothing new, it seems considerably tamer than its predecessor. How could it not? Not only does the Kid have nothing to prove this time around -- he not only went platinum, he did it ten times plus and then landed Sheryl Crow and Pam Anderson -- he no longer has his midget sidekick, Joe C., around to enhance the Midwestern carnival atmosphere of his entourage. That wild, white-trash Fellini-esque vibe is missed, as is the overwhelmingly great songwriting of Devil, but if not viewed as direct competition with its predecessor -- which is, after all, the great hard rock album of the late '90s, filled with great sounds and songwriting -- Cocky is a pretty good sequel. One that roots itself deeper in classic rock than in hip-hop; one that isn't as gonzo or as funny, but is still much, much funnier and looser than any of its competitors, while rocking much harder. If the songs aren't classics or if it tends to drift instead of staying focused like Devil, it still is better than anything else in Kid's catalog and anything else from his rap-metal competitors (he makes all of them sound like rank amateurs), and it has better riffs and earthier rhythms than any hard rock artist since 38 Special, while retaining a true Michigan flavor. That might not make it the equal of Devil Without a Cause, but unpretentious, blue-collar hard rock hasn't sounded this good in nearly 20 years, and that's reason enough to celebrate. [A "clean" version of Cocky was also released, lacking -- to paraphrase the great Lowell George -- the eloquent profanity that rolls right off the Kid's tongue, the very thing that distinguishes Kid Rock's work. It also lacks the endearingly vulgar duet with Snoop Dogg. Word of warning: While this will protect your kid from the explicitness of Kid Rock, the general message still gets through, so if you've decided that your kid is mature enough for Kid Rock, spring for the uncensored version -- the end result won't be any different.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2001
Label: Lava
UPC: 0075678350320
catalogNumber: 83503
Rank: 12483

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kid Rock   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,scratching,Pedal Steel Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Sheryl Crow   Bass,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Matt O'Brien   Bass
Kenny Olson   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Shirley Hayden   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jason Krause   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Stefanie Eulinberg   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jimmie Bones   Organ,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Uncle Kracker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paradime   Background Vocals
SP 1200 Productions   Drums
Misty Love   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kid Rock   Producer,Contributor
Sheryl Crow   Composer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Sutton   Engineer
Larry Freemantle   Art Direction
Andrew Sutton   Contributor
David Spade   Contributor
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Robert J. Ritchie   Composer

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