KidRock.com describes the album as a return to form for Kid Rock and back to his genre-hopping ways.
Kid Rock revealed on WRIF that the album will have no guest appearances on it. Rock said the reason for this was due to the record label politics when it came to releasing singles.
Kid Rock spoke briefly about "Rebel Soul" saying he "got back to having fun" on it and described it and a 180 degree switch from working with Rick Rubin on his 2010 album "Born Free". Rock said the music on "Rebel Soul" is "all over the map" and features a "lot more guitar". He said there is one "really dark song" on the record called 'The Mirror' which he feels is "one of the standout songs." Also featured are a country song called "Cocaine & Gin," a borderline hip-hop song called "Coochie Galore" which Kid Rock describes as "1998 Kid Rock" and various "country rockers".
The following is what someone who attended a listening party for the CD said:
Last night, I was at Alicia Keys‘ studio called Jungle down on 27th St. The place is state of the art and beautiful. A modern baby grand piano with plexiglass top was in one of the rooms which was being used as a reception area. Why was I there? I was invited to listen to the forthcoming Rebel Soul album from Kid Rock, aka Bobby Ritchie. The man himself was there to talk about each song as he played them for us in the control room. It was quite the event, I must say. I was blown away by the tracks, every one of them, from the new single “Let’s Ride” and the title track, to a trippy auto-tuned song with a Pink Floyd overtone called “The Mirror,” featuring the guitar playing of a kid from LA named Blake Mills (he’s currently on tour with Fiona Apple.) Mind boggling great player! The tunes, compared to his last Born Free album, are way more Kid Rock, less country, more rock, more FUN! A nod to his hometown in a song called “Detroit, Michigan” which would make Ahmet Ertegun proud with shout outs to all the greats from the Motor City from Seger to Aretha, Marvin to the Supremes. It rocked. There’s the song perfect for the strip clubs called “Cucci Galore.” A country fueled number called “Cocaine & Gin,” a pick-up song “Happy New Year,” and even a tune he would want played at his funeral called “Midnight Ferry” and one he would perform when he’s inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called “God Save Rock & Roll.” There’s a song about an island in the lake near his home dubbed “Redneck Paradise,” and two pure fun songs “3 Catt Boogie (ahhh-ahhhh)” and “The Chickens in the Pen.” I chatted with him for a bit and look forward to when we can have him by the hardDrive studios. Kid Rock is back, make no mistake! And as parting gifts, we got to have Rebel Soul cocktail glasses, Badass Beer t-shirts and bottle openers. Look for the album 11/19/12.