The most popular album so far this year on CML has been Born Free by Kid Rock.
He’s been having a continuing presence in country for the last few years. He’s always got one foot in each of the musical genres it seems. Now he’s got a new single out at radio including country radio and it features one of country’s biggest stars – Martina McBride.
Check out Care by Kid Rock and Martina McBride (with a little help from rapper T.I.)…
Care by Kid Rock & Martina McBride
Care starts out with fans getting another glimpse at the softer side of Kid Rock. He almost doesn’t sound like himself on this record. His voice is a tick higher. He’s on point, though, and hitting home on the important parts. He lets the words to the talking here. There is no extra effort with vocals or music.
And that makes for a great track.
The song is about how we can all give a little extra to others in this world. We might not be able to give much, but we can all give a little effort with time, energy, and simply being available for others. It could be friends. It could be for family. It could be for complete strangers.
In today’s world I think it’s true that we think about ourselves a little too much. Perhaps that’s the nature of life. We have to watch out for ourselves when it seems like everyone else is out there competing against us.
The addition of Martina McBride on Care is special. Kid has hooked up on record with Sheryl Crow before with much success. I think this collaboration is just as good as those. Martina is amazing.
The version most people won’t hear (unless you own the album) is with T.I. He’s a hardcore rapper, but on this track I think he adds a nice dynamic. Check it out by hitting play above. Give T.I. a chance. He might impress you.
I don’t know how successful the song will be on country radio. It has wide appeal. The melody is really good. Martina is rocking. I think it might find some acceptance, but it’s hard for songs like this (with deep meaning) to get some attention.
I’d say #40 on the charts is a safe bet.
Kid Rock Born Free Album Success
As I mentioned earlier, Born Free has been really successful here on CML. There must be a lot of Kid Rock fans that read this site. I own the record myself and there are some really great songs on it. Kid Rock has been able to successfully reposition himself in various musical genres. I’m sure he’d be the first to admit he’s not the best singer, songwriter, or musician. What Kid Rock is the best at is knowing what people like. And he has this crazy understanding of what’s happening in the music world and he can tailor his music to fit what people want.
Kid Rock is always on the cutting edge and that’s why he’s still successful after 20-some years in the industry. Where others fail to change, Kid Rock wins.
Chart Estimate: #40
CML Points: 83/100
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