Let’s Ride is the first single from the upcoming and long-awaited Kid Rock record Rebel Soul, but don’t expect the same “Bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogie said up jump the boogie” sound of the old days. Now in his 40s, Kid Rock has come of age and Let’s Ride seems to be evidence of that.
The track sounds as though it could have come straight off prior album Born Free, from which the Bon Jovi-esque and Mitt Romney favourite song of the same name came from. But Let’s Ride does have a more aggressive feel and a political charge rarely seen in Kid Rock’s music.
It’s impossible to listen to the song in a nonpartisan light considering its association with the Republican Party and Kid Rock’s blatant support for US troops serving in the Middle East. It’s not a pro-war song, more empathy with the unquestioning and treacherous disposition of soldiers in conflict zones. Although Kid Rock has never been coy regarding his support of US troops Let’s Ride is certainly his most explicit musical outpouring on the subject.
Despite being a solid rock tune there’s nothing original about it and the militant/ patriotic lyrical angle may prove to be a turn-off for many while alienating some of his longer-term fans. Nevertheless, Let’s Ride is an interesting prelude to Rebel Soul and gives listeners an idea of what to expect from Kid Rock in the future.
Rebel Soul is due for release on 19 November.
With more tension than your mother’s suspension, I am Frisco Rosso. I’m likely to deliver a few lines worth at any given moment regarding film, music, sport, books and anything morally unsound that strikes a blow between the eyes in the name of entertainment.