Born Free (Kid Rock album)
|Studio album by Kid Rock|
|Released||November 16, 2010|
|Genre||Southern rock, heartland rock|
|Kid Rock chronology|
Born Free is American artist Kid Rock’s eighth studio album. It released on November 16, 2010 with the title track being its lead single. The album is a rock and roll collaboration 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 his first all-country album. Kid Rock described it as "very organic blues-based rock and roll". Cable network TBS used the title track, "Born Free", for its coverage of the 2010 Major League Baseball postseason. It was announced on June 16, 2011 that Born Free was certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipments in excess of one million copies. This gives 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
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 and go on a joint tour together. "Purple Sky" failed to chart and the final single was "Care" with rapper TI and depending on the version Martina McBride,Mary J Blidge or Angelenna Pressly of the Pistol Annies. The song lead to a 12 city charity tour,all the money from the tour went to 12 cities personally choice for donation.
All tracks written by R. J. Ritchie and Marlon Young, except where noted.
|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, J. 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|
|11.||"Rock Bottom Blues"||3:51|
|12.||"For the First Time (In a Long Time)"||5:46|
- Born Free- I Feel Fine by The Beatles ( Gutair)
- God Bless Saturday-Its A Long Way To The Top by AC/DC ( Gutair)
- Times Like These-Learn To Be Still by The Eagles (Acoustic Gutair)
Target Bonus Tracks
- Rock N Roll Jesus (live)
- Lowlife/Keep Your Hands To Yourself (live)
- Care (Demo Version w Mary J. Blige)
Racing Father Time EP
- The Midwest Fall
- Lonely Road Of Faith (Alt Version)
- Slow My Roll (Porch Version)
Upon its release, Born Free received positive reviews from most music critics. 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".
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". This album was number 16 on Rolling Stone's list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.
- Kid Rock - lead vocals, guitar
- Marlon Young - lead guitar
- David Hidalgo - guitar
- Matt Sweeney - guitar
- Justin Meldal-Johnsen - bass
- Chad Smith - drums, percussion
- Benmont Tench - keyboards, piano
- Blake Mills - banjo, guitar
- Additional personnel
- Bob Seger - piano on "Collide"
- Sheryl Crow - vocals on "Collide"
- Zac Brown - vocals on "Flying High"
- T.I. - vocals on "Care"
- Martina McBride - vocals on "Care"
- Mary J. Blige- vocals on " Care ( Demo Version)"
- Trace Adkins- background vocals on "Rock Bottom Blues"
|Canadian Albums Chart||11|
|European Top 100 Albums||25|
|German Albums Chart||9|
|German Downloads Chart||3|
|US Billboard 200||5|
|US Billboard Top Rock Albums||1|
|UK Albums Chart||139|
|German Albums Chart||92|
|German Albums Chart||16|
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