Born Free (Kid Rock album)

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Born Free
Kid-Rock-Born-Free-Final-Cover1.jpg
Studio album by Kid Rock
Released November 16, 2010 (2010-11-16)
Recorded January–July 2010
Genre
Length 56:10
Label Atlantic
Producer Rick Rubin
Kid Rock chronology
Rock n Roll Jesus
(2007)
Born Free
(2010)
Rebel Soul
(2012)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?4.3[4]
Metacritic63/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly(B)[3]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[2]

Born Free is the eighth studio album by American musician Kid Rock. It was released on November 16, 2010 with the title track as its lead single. Unlike his other albums, Born Free is the only one that does not contain any profane lyrics.[6]

The country-oriented album was produced by Rick Rubin featuring several high-profile artists such as T.I., Sheryl Crow, and Bob Seger. This is Kid Rock's first album not to feature a Parental Advisory sticker and is his first all-country album. Kid Rock describes it as "very organic blues-based rock and roll".[7] Cable network TBS used the title track, "Born Free", for its coverage of the 2010 Major League Baseball postseason. As of June 16, 2011 Born Free is certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipments in excess of one million copies. This gave Kid Rock his sixth Platinum album certification in the US. A Michigan only promotion was released with the album. It was a 4-song EP called Racing Father Time.

Release and promotion[edit]

The album's lead single was the title track. The songs promotional push included being the theme for the MLB Playoffs, European Music Awards and the CMA Festival. He also performed "Times Like These" at the American Music Awards and "Care" at the Rally for Sanity. This led to a debut of 189,000 copies sold and landing at number five on the billboard top 200. VH-1 aired the Isle of Malta concert special. The following single "God Bless Saturday" became the secondary theme song for ESPN's College Game Day. The third single "Collide" saw him reunite with Sheryl Crow (with whom he previously recorded his 2002 single "Picture" and go on a joint tour together. "Purple Sky" failed to chart and the final single was "Care" with rapper T.I. and depending on the version, Martina McBride, Mary J. Blige or Angaleena Presley of the Pistol Annies.

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, Born Free received positive reviews from most music critics.[8] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 63, based on 10 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[8]

AllMusic praised Born Free, saying it "goes a long, long way toward keeping that heartland flame burning bright: it’s familiar yet fresh, and song for song it’s the best album Kid Rock has cut since Devil Without a Cause.[1] This album was number 16 on Rolling Stone's list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by R. J. Ritchie and Marlon Young, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Born Free"5:14
2."Slow My Roll"4:19
3."Care" (featuring Martina McBride and T.I.) (Ritchie, Young, Clifford Harris)4:12
4."Purple Sky" (Ritchie, Young, Jason Boland)4:06
5."When It Rains"4:46
6."God Bless Saturday"3:35
7."Collide" (featuring Sheryl Crow and Bob Seger on piano)4:49
8."Flyin' High" (featuring Zac Brown)4:03
9."Times Like These"5:57
10."Rock On"5:23
11."Rock Bottom Blues"3:51
12."For the First Time (In a Long Time)"5:46

Target bonus tracks

  1. "Rock N Roll Jesus" (live)
  2. "Lowlife/Keep Your Hands To Yourself" (live)
  3. "Care" (Demo Version with Mary J. Blige)

Racing Father Time EP[edit]

  1. "The Midwest Fall"
  2. "Lonely Road of Faith" (Alt. version)
  3. "Slow My Roll" (Porch version)
  4. "Forty"

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[10] 11
European Top 100 Albums[11] 25
German Albums Chart[12] 9
German Downloads Chart[13] 3
US Billboard 200[10] 5
US Billboard Top Rock Albums[10] 1
UK Albums Chart 139

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Rank
German Albums Chart[14] 92
German Albums Chart[15] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Born Free - Kid Rock allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-11-19.
  2. ^ a b Light, Alan (2010-11-16). "Born Free". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  3. ^ a b Collis, Clark (2010-11-10). "Born Free Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  4. ^ http://www.anydecentmusic.com/review/2399/Kid-Rock-Born-Free.aspx
  5. ^ Light, Alan. "Born Free". Metacritic.
  6. ^ https://www.billboard.com/amp/articles/columns/rock/7872906/kid-rock-politics-musical-evolution-senate-run
  7. ^ Bonaquro, Alison. "Kid Rock Feels like he is Born Free to Sing with Everybody". CMT.com. Retrieved 4 June 2010.Graham, Adam (30 May 2010). "Kid Rock to Launch New Album Sept. 7". The Detroit News. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Born Free Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-12-02.
  9. ^ "The 30 Best Albums of 2010". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2010). Retrieved 2011-01-18
  10. ^ a b c "Chart listing for Born Free". Billboard. Retrieved 25 November 2010.
  11. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/european-albums?tag=relcharts
  12. ^ ""The Boss" ist der neue Chef der Album-Charts - media control". Media-control.de. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  13. ^ "Rihanna siegt "Loud" in den Download-Charts - media control". Media-control.de. 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  14. ^ "VIVA Album Top 50 - Alle Musikvideos - Chart". VIVA.tv. Archived from the original on 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
  15. ^ "Billboard 200 Year-End 2011". Retrieved 2012-05-03.