First Kiss (Kid Rock album)

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First Kiss
Kid Rock - First Kiss (Album).png
Studio album by Kid Rock
Released February 24, 2015
Recorded 2014
Genre
Length 44:44
Label
Producer
Kid Rock chronology
Rebel Soul
(2012)
First Kiss
(2015)
Sweet Southern Sugar
(2017)
Singles from First Kiss
  1. "First Kiss"
    Released: January 6, 2015

First Kiss is the tenth studio album by American singer and songwriter Kid Rock. The album was released on February 24, 2015, through Warner Bros. Records and Top Dog Records, and is his first and only with Warner Bros. after leaving sister label Atlantic Records in 2014.[5][6][7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?5.1[8]
Metacritic61/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard3.5[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
The Guardian1/5 stars[10]
New York Daily News2/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

First Kiss received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 61, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 9 reviews.[9] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic said, "It's a bit bumpy and sometimes sleepy but it finds old Bob Ritchie settling into his comfort zone, knowing that he's in it for the long haul."[1] Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone said, "First Kiss presents few surprises, mostly because Kid Rock's journey from abrasive rap metal to unreconstructed heartland rock has landed him in a sweet spot: big guitars, big drums, big choruses and gravelly vocals."[3] Richard Bienstock of Billboard said, "First Kiss is hardly his most adventurous project, but it is perhaps his most easygoing, tuneful one. The production is crisp and clean, the guitars are sparkling, the vibe is rollicking but relaxed. He sounds better here than he has in a long time."[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, with sales of 137,000 copies in the United States.[12] As of December 2015, First Kiss has sold more than 354,000 copies in the United States.[13] The album also debuted at number two in Canada on the Canadian Albums Chart, with sales of 8,000.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were produced by Kid Rock, except "First Kiss" and "Drinking Beer With Dad" were produced by Kid Rock and Dan Huff.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."First Kiss"Kid Rock, Marlon Young4:40
2."Good Times, Cheap Wine"Rock, Young4:37
3."Johnny Cash"Rock4:41
4."Ain't Enough Whiskey"Rock, Young3:37
5."Drinking Beer with Dad"Rock4:38
6."Good Time Lookin' for Me"Rock, Young4:33
7."Best of Me"Rock, Young4:48
8."One More Song"Rock4:26
9."Jesus and Bocephus"Rock, Jeff Orr3:51
10."FOAD"Rock, Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist4:53
Clean edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
10."Say Goodbye" (reworked version of "FOAD" co-written by Bob Seger[15])Rock, Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist4:53

Personnel[edit]

Kid Rock[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Hornists[edit]

  • Rayse Biggs - horns
  • Dave McMurray - horns

Backing vocalists[edit]

  • Barabara Payton - background vocals
  • Herschel Boone - background vocals
  • Jessica Wagner-Cowan - background vocals
  • Laura Creamer - background vocals
  • Russell Terrell - background vocals
  • Shannon Curfman - background vocals
  • Shawn Murphy - background vocals
  • Stacy Michelle - background vocals

Drummers[edit]

  • Dorian Crozier
  • Richard Millsap

Others[edit]

  • Jimmie Bones - piano, background vocals
  • Rob Mathes - conductor, string arrangements
  • Larry Franklin - fiddle
  • David Huff - drum programming
  • Marlon Young - bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar

Guitarists[edit]

Pianists[edit]

Violists[edit]

  • Vivek Kamath - viola
  • Shmuel Katz
  • Remi Pelletier

Violinists[edit]

  • Larry Frautchi - violin
  • Lisa Kim - violin
  • Hyunju Lee - violin
  • Liz Kim - violin
  • Joanna Maurer - violin
  • Annaliesa Place - violin
  • Sharon Yamada - violin
  • Jung Sun Yoo - violin
  • Suzanne Ornstein - violin
  • David Southern - violin

Cellists[edit]

  • Mihai Marica - cello
  • Alan Stepansky - cello
  • Wendy Sutter - cello

Bassists[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 45
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[17] 9
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 16
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 5
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 52
US Billboard 200[22] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[23] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "First Kiss - Kid Rock | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  2. ^ a b c "Album Review: Kid Rock Grows Up and Gives Thanks on 'First Kiss'". Billboard. 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  3. ^ a b c Anthony DeCurtis (2015-02-24). "First Kiss". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  4. ^ a b Kyle Anderson (2015-02-18). "'First Kiss,' by Kid Rock". Ew.com. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  5. ^ Billboard (2014-11-13). "Kid Rock Announces New Album 'First Kiss,' Teases 2015 Tour". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  6. ^ "First Kiss by Kid Rock on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  7. ^ Doyle, Patrick (2014-11-26). "7 Things We Know About Kid Rock's 'First Kiss'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  8. ^ http://www.anydecentmusic.com/review/7027/Kid-Rock-First-Kiss.aspx
  9. ^ a b "First Kiss by Kid Rock Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  10. ^ "Kid Rock: First Kiss review – torturous cliches and constipated insincerity". The Guardian. 2015-02-19. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  11. ^ "Kid Rock, Big Sean album reviews". NY Daily News. 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  12. ^ Billboard (2015-03-04). "Big Sean Scores His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  13. ^ Teitelman, Bram (January 8, 2016). "Metal by Numbers: Metallica, FFDP, AC/DC among 2015's biggest-selling rock, metal records". MetalInsider.net. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  14. ^ Cross, Alan (March 4, 2015). "Weekly Music Sales Report and Analysis: 04 March 2015". Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bob Seger helped Kid Rock "Say Goodbye" on new album". Theoaklandpress.com. 2015-02-18. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  16. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". ARIA. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kid Rock – First Kiss" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  18. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  19. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kid Rock – First Kiss". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  21. ^ "Kid Rock | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  22. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  23. ^ "Kid Rock Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 5 March 2015.