Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Kid Rock

  • Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast [Jive/Novus, 1990] Dud
  • Devil Without a Cause [Lava/Atlantic, 1998] A-
  • The History of Rock [Atlantic, 2000] *
  • Cocky [Lava/Atlantic, 2001] Choice Cuts
  • Kid Rock [Atlantic, 2003] C+
  • Rock N Roll Jesus [Atlantic, 2007] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast [Jive/Novus, 1990] Dud

Devil Without a Cause [Lava/Atlantic, 1998]
Wish this "illegitimate son of man" would stop pretending he's a pimp--he tours so much he can't possibly provide the necessary continuity. But not since great Motörhead has there been a hard rock album with so many laugh lines: "I don't like small cars or real big women/But somehow I always find myself in 'em." Belatedly fulfilling the rap-metal promise of Licensed To Ill, he makes the competition sound clownish, limp, and corny, respectively, and the Eminem cameo is a draw--his flow is surer even if his sound isn't. Lickin' pussy underwater blowin' bubbles up your ass, he is, and I quote, all of that and a bag of chips. A-

The History of Rock [Atlantic, 2000]
Hip-hop as Afro-America's latest gift to hard-rock assholes who can't sing ("Dark & Gray," "American Bad Ass"). *

Cocky [Lava/Atlantic, 2001]
"Lay It on Me" Choice Cuts

Kid Rock [Atlantic, 2003]
Turned into Ted Nugent pretty quick, didn't he? Only who told him that meant not being funny? Like a clown who longs to play Hamlet, the fake pimp who got lucky is out of his depth in swamp-rock--especially with this stiff of a drummer, her p.c. points notwithstanding. C+

Rock N Roll Jesus [Atlantic, 2007]
"So Hott," "All Summer Long" Choice Cuts