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Devil Without a Cause

Kid Rock 8/18/1998


It's unlikely that even Kid Rock believed he had an album as good as Devil Without a Cause in him. Nobody else believed it, that's for sure. But he didn't just find the perfect extention of his Beastie and Diamond Dave infatuations here, he came up with the great hard rock album of the late '90s -- a fearlessly funny, bone-crunching record that manages to sustain its strength, not just until the end of its long running time, but through repeated plays. The key to its sucesss is that it's never trying to be a hip-hop record. It's simply a monster rock album, as Twisted Brown Trucker turns out thunderous, funky noise -- and that's funky not just in the classic sense, but also in a Southern-fried, white trash sense, as he gives this as much foundation in country as he does hip-hop. But what really reigns supreme on Devil Without a Cause is a love of piledriving, classic hard rock, not just that of hometown hero Bob Seger, but Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, and faceless arena rock ballads. The Kid makes it all shine with rhymes so clever and irresistible that it's impossible not to quote them. For all its modernity -- Rock's rapping, the titanic metallic guitars, Joe C's sideshow sidekick, the plea to "get in the pit and try to love someone" -- this is firmly in the tradition of classic hard rock, and it's the best good-time hard rock album in years (certainly the best of the last three years of the '90s). ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Bawitdaba Kid Rock 4:24
  3. 2 Cowboy Kid Rock 4:16
  4. 3 Devil Without a Cause Kid Rock 5:31
  5. 4 I Am the Bullgod Kid Rock 4:50
  6. 5 Roving Gangster (Rollin') Kid Rock 4:20
  7. 6 Wasting Time Kid Rock 4:1
  8. 7 Welcome 2 the Party (Ode 2 the Old School) Kid Rock 5:12
  9. 8 I Got One for Ya Kid Rock 3:42
  10. 9 Somebody's Gotta Feel This Kid Rock 3:8
  11. 10 Fist of Rage Kid Rock 3:21
  12. 11 Only God Knows Why Kid Rock 5:25
  13. 12 F-ck Off Kid Rock 6:13
  14. 13 Where U at Rock Kid Rock 4:25
  15. 14 Black Chick, White Guy Kid Rock 12:0

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