Rock n Roll Jesus

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For the single, see Rock n Roll Jesus (song).
Rock n Roll Jesus
Studio album by Kid Rock
Released October 9, 2007
Recorded The Allen Roadhouse
Genre Hard rock, southern rock, country rock, blues rock
Length 57:07
Label Atlantic
Producer Kid Rock, Rob Cavallo, Mike E. Clark
Kid Rock chronology
Live Trucker
(2006)
Rock N Roll Jesus
(2007)
Born Free
(2010)
Singles from Rock n Roll Jesus
  1. "So Hott"
    Released: August 9, 2007
  2. "Amen"
    Released: November 5, 2007
  3. "All Summer Long"
    Released: April 5, 2008
  4. "Roll On"
    Released: September 23, 2008
  5. "Rock n Roll Jesus"
    Released: January 2009
  6. "Blue Jeans and A Rosary"
    Released: January 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club C+[2]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
Rock Hard (de) 6/10[7]

Rock n Roll Jesus is the seventh studio album by Kid Rock released on October 9, 2007. The album was released October 9, 2007. Rob Cavallo (Green Day & The Goo Goo Dolls) co-produced the album with Rock.[8] Mike E. Clark produced the track "All Summer Long." The album was not available at the iTunes Store in an act of boycott by Kid Rock.[9] It was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album and Best Male Vocal Performance for "All Summer Long" at the 2009 Grammy Awards. "All Summer Long" from the album was named the official theme song for WWE Backlash 2008 as well as "So Hott" for WWE WrestleMania XXV.

Musical style[edit]

The album sees Kid Rock moving away from hip-hop, into other genres. "Roll On" and "New Orleans" incorporate jazz to his sound, the first time he's ventured into that genre since 1996 with "Early Mornin Stoned Pimp" and "Detroit Thang". The album also features the vocals of golfer John Daly on "Half Your Age" and the rock hit "All Summer Long" which has brought the album to triple platinum status in the U.S. and in Canada.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Rock N Roll Jesus has received mixed reviews from critics. The album has a score of 63 on Metacritic, based on 12 reviews.[10] Rolling Stone gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, stating "His good-hearted faith in rock & roll delivers a powerful kick. As he well knows—and Rock N Roll Jesus proves—roaring guitars, truckloads of attitude and an unquenchable lust for life make up for a multitude of sins."[11] Billboard stated "We may be more entertained at times by Rock's extramusical affairs, but the "Devil" should still be given his due as a clever and creative musical force."[12] Allmusic was less enthusiastic, calling it "big, bold, and brainless" and stating, "splashy and silly though it may be, at least it gets the basic sound right, even if it's way too polished and precise."[13]

Sales[edit]

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling about 172,000 copies in its first week.[14] It is Kid Rock's first and only album so far to go #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The album rebounded in March 2008 when "All Summer Long" was released as a single climbing back into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 staying for 17 weeks. It has been certified 3 times platinum by the RIAA and it has sold 3,493,000 copies in the US as of December 2013.[15]

Worldwide the album has sold 5 million copies, and it was certified 2 times platinum in Canada and gold Germany, Austria and Australia.

Radio airplay[edit]

The album's first two singles, "So Hott" and "Amen", both did relatively well on the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts. On the Mainstream Rock chart, the singles peaked at No. 2 and No. 11, respectively—the former one becoming the biggest rock hit of his career. The tracks peaked at No. 13 and No. 27, respectively, on the Modern Rock chart.

The album's third single, "All Summer Long", was a massive worldwide hit. It peaked at No. 23 on the Hot 100 chart, despite Rock boycotting iTunes and receiving minimum digital downloads, and No. 4 on the country chart. It went to number one on charts in eight countries across Europe and Australia. "Roll On" and "Rock N Roll Jesus" were released at the same time as follow ups to "All Summer Long". "Roll On" failed to chart in the U.S. but reached No. 59 in Germany and No. 67 in Austria. "Rock N Roll Jesus" peaked at No. 34 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart.

The album's sixth single, "Blue Jeans and a Rosary", was released in January 2009. It would peak at No. 50 on the U.S. Country Chart. "Lowlife (living the highlife)" was released as the album's seventh single on March 8, 2009.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rock N Roll Jesus"   R.J. Ritchie, K. Tudrick, M. Young 4:29
2. "Amen"   Ritchie 4:40
3. "All Summer Long"   E. King, L. Marinell, R. Ritchie, G. Rossington, M. Shafer, R. Van Zant, R. Wachtel, W. Zevon 4:56
4. "Roll On"   Ritchie 6:11
5. "So Hott"   Ritchie 4:07
6. "Sugar"   B. Ervine, J. Krause, Ritchie, Shafer, D. Simon, J. Smith, Young 3:44
7. "When U Love Someone"   Ritchie, Shafer, Young 5:40
8. "New Orleans" (David Allan Coe cover) D.A. Coe 6:36
9. "Don't Tell Me U Love Me"   Ritchie, Shafer, Young 4:20
10. "Blue Jeans and a Rosary"   Ritchie, Young 4:35
11. "Half Your Age"   Ritchie 3:45
12. "Lowlife (Living The Highlife)" (John Eddie cover) J. Eddie 4:04

Bonus tracks[edit]

Samples[edit]

  • "Rock N Roll Jesus"- "Who Made Who" by AC/DC (main riff)
  • "Amen"-"You'll Accompany Me" by Bob Seger (acoustic intro)
  • "All Summer Long" – "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd ( piano outro,gutair solo,gutait hook before chorus), "Werewolves Of London" by Warren Zevon (piano), "Take The Money and Run" by Steve Miller Band (acoustic gutair) and "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson (drum loop)
  • "So Hott"- "Refugee" by Tom Petty (main riff,heavied)
  • "Sugar" – "I'm Bad" by LL Cool J (vocal sample only), "Over The Hills And Far Away" byLed Zeppelin (acoustic intro)
  • "When U Love Someone"-"Peaceful Easy Feeling" by The Eagles (bass line on chorus)
  • "Blue Jeans And A Rosary"-"Levon" by Elton John (uses structure of song)
  • "Lowlife"- "Keep Your Hands To Yourself"by the Georgia Satellites ( gutair riff in 2nd verse)

Covers[edit]

Demos[edit]

  • "30 Days In The Hole" ( Humble Pie Cover)
  • "Top Billin" (Audio Two Cover)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Charts (2007–2008) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 9
Austrian Albums Chart 2
Belgian Albums Chart 24
Canadian Albums Chart 4
Danish Albums Chart 25
Dutch Albums Chart 19
German Albums Chart 5
Irish Albums Chart 4
Italian Albums Chart 35
New Zealand Albums Chart 21
Norwegian Albums Chart 9
Swedish Albums Chart 8
Swiss Albums Chart 4
UK Albums Chart 4
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Rank
German Albums Chart[16] 33

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
Germany Gold[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Allmusic review". Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ Koski, Genevieve. "A.V. Club review". Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Metacritic ratings overview". Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ Collins, Clark. "EW.com review". Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Kid Rock reviews". Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ Decurtis, Anthony. "Rolling Stone review". Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ Rensen, Michael. "Rock Hard review". issue 246. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ Billboard Magazine (August 4, 2006) Rap Takes a Back Seat on New Kid Rock Album
  9. ^ "Kid Rock boycotts iTunes over pay". BBC. June 18, 2008. Retrieved September 8, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Rock N Roll Jesus – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved December 13, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Rock N Roll Jesus : Kid Rock : Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 13, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Rock N Roll Jesus". Billboard. Archived from the original on December 11, 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2007. 
  13. ^ "Rock N Roll Jesus". Allmusic. Retrieved December 13, 2007. 
  14. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Kid Rock Rolls To #1 Album Chart Debut", Billboard.com, October 17, 2007.
  15. ^ Paul Grein (December 11, 2013). "A Britney Spears Bummer: New Album Fizzles". Yahoo Music. 
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Rock n Roll Jesus')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
Preceded by
Magic by Bruce Springsteen
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 21, 2007 – October 27, 2007
Succeeded by
Magic by Bruce Springsteen