Marc Joseph Ludeman

Bite This

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Performing a bluesy hard rock that incorporates half-rapped/half-sung vocals, Marc Joseph Ludeman sounds too much like fellow Detroit rap rocker Kid Rock on Bite This. Their similarities are hard to ignore; Ludeman writes catchy songs that seamlessly incorporate elements of country-rock, pop-metal, and old-school rap, and his songs often feature soulful female singers, record scratching, and frequent swearing. He even utilizes many of Kid Rock's distinct songwriting tricks, such as finishing his verses a cappella, or throwing classic rock references into his rhymes. There are minor differences between the two; Ludeman's lyrics revolve around more adult themes like family vacations and bad life choices, and a few songs stray from the formula altogether in favor of a basic hard rock approach. These minor deviations make it hard to label this an outright imitation, but they can't mask the numerous similarities throughout the album. Ludeman is too blatantly derivative of Kid Rock to leave any lasting impressions of his own, rendering Bite This an indistinct and ultimately forgettable affair.

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