Sweet Southern Sugar
Label: BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
On his first album since teasing publicity-stunt-hungry Michiganders with an eventually abandoned U.S. Senate bid, suburban Detroit’s favorite hick-hopping butt-rocker gives no campaign speeches, unless the semi-amusing hardscrabble populist statement “Po-Dunk” counts. That number precedes its redneck representations with some working-on-chain-gang cling-clang, right after readymade concert starter “Greatest Show on Earth” opens the show by splitting the difference between Rob Zombie and old Aerosmith. Said band gets referenced in other tracks as well – including “American Rock ‘n Roll,” which also references Lou Reed. After an uncharacteristically depression-obsessed midsection (fans’ in pep talks “Back to the Otherside” and “Stand the Pain,” his own in “Raining Whiskey”), 46-year-old Kid closes by slowing down Four Tops, then growling a rough-voiced boogie rap that could easily be a leftover from his 20s.