No Stranger to Shame

From the opening strains of "In a Little While," the sweetly soulful single that sets No Stranger to Shame in motion, one thing is undeniable: this former Kid Rock protege has found his own distinctiv

From the opening strains of "In a Little While," the sweetly soulful single that sets No Stranger to Shame in motion, one thing is undeniable: this former Kid Rock protege has found his own distinctive voice. Save for the swaggering 'Keep It Comin'," the iffy, often derivative rapping that propelled 2000's Double Wide has been replaced with the gruff, yet earnest singing that made that album's twangy standout, "Follow Me," a deserved pop smash. It's a shift that positions Kracker as a potentially enduring artist who brings much-needed vintage blues and soul to the pop mainstream. Cuts like the funky, horn-laden "I Do" and the swaying, single-worthy "Memphis Soul Song" mine classic sounds and rhythms without ever sounding quaint or retro. If anything, such time-worn concepts wash over the senses like fresh air at a time when pop music is glutted with sound-alike hip-hop records.