Double Wide, the debut album from Kid Rock's DJ. Now before you dismiss this
as somebody trying to cash in on his best friends fame think again. This is about
as far as you get from Kid Rock's "Devil Without A Cause" or his remake
album "History Of Rock".
Ok so Kid has made a few songs like this, but Mr. Shafer takes those songs, sticks
them in a blender on mach 10 and churns out some addictive well written southern
grit. Basically, the boy done good.
One other thing I should really mention before I start is that this record has been
out in the States for nearly a year now, but only just broke into the Billboard
charts very recently. And now that Kracker is a household name over the pond his
record company thought it was about time they shared him with the rest of the
world. Thank you very much Atlantic, we are most grateful.
The intro starts off this long player with Kracker and Rock discussing the
possibilites of him making it to the background tune of **"Only God Knows
Why"**. The conversation finally ends with Kracker asking _"what if I don't
make it?"_ and Rock replying in his trademark trailer park way with _"fxck
what, and tell it to suck my dick"_
Enough about the stuff that doesn't really matter to you the listener, you want to know what the whole thing sounds like. I know you do so don't kid yourself you don't.
The whole album is a complete joy to listen to, sod the Minsitry Of Sound "Chill Out Sessions", you only need to peep this to relise what true relaxing music is all about. The whole vibe conjures up images of Everlast in a country guise. His lyrics do their job of telling a story and painting some great pictures in your mind. Good stuff!
Now guest appearances can either make or break a record, just ask Run-DMC about how not to do guest appearance. However, besides the Twisted Brown Trucker band lending their musical hands to each track only Kid Rock and fellow Top Dog Records signing Paradime turn up. Both turn up on the track "Heaven" where all 3 sing and rap about Detroit, showing some true loyalty to the town they hail from. "If heaven aint a lot like Detroit I don't wanna go" being the main line that rings out about the love they have for the D.
The record is full of so many great lines and visions it's hard to pinpoint one or two for this review, so my advice is buy this album and find them yourself!
8Mark Marsh's Score