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Kid Rock might think he’s a sexier, funkier version of Steve Earle, but he’s really from the same planet as Schwarzenegger and Ventura: He’ll probably get bored with being a shtick man sooner or later, and he’ll start looking for a new venue for his ego. That “Amen” song from Rock N Roll Jesus is Exhibit A. The hit list includes poverty, warmongerers, scummy lawyers, skeevy priests and racism (obliquely)—then Rock delivers a positive-tip message about faith in human nature, the merits of good lovin’ and the need to keep yer shit together, dudez. (It’s also possible that the line “Pull your future away from the flame” is a nod to the fight against global warming.)
I smell a run for the Michigan governorship.