"The Outsiders"

The nominal country singer behind "Springsteen" and "Homeboy" doubles down on his hard-rock/hip-hop fixations with a song that opens on an unfuckwithable snarl-rap, ramps into a high-lonesome stadium chorus over a Southern-rock stomp, then feigns a Black Keys garage skronk before barreling into a prog-metal capper. As cultural ambassadorship goes, he could teach Brad Paisley a thing or two.

From The Archives Issue 1196: November 21, 2013