Toby Keith - Greatest Hits, Volume 2
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Greatest Hits, Volume 2 (DreamWorks Nashville, 2004)

Toby Keith

Reviewed by Rick Teverbaugh

Perhaps lost in the overblown flap over U.S. foreign policy with Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, is the fact that over the past three years no country artist has been any more consistently pleasing than Toby Keith. But just a once through on this new hits collection will provide a road map back to that inescapable truth.

There's a little something for everyone on these 14 cuts where all of his strengths are presented. For hardcore fans, there are two new songs, one reworked classic and two live versions of earlier hits. For everyone in-between, there's just a lot of good music. One of the new songs is current hit single "Stays in Mexico," which plays off the tourist theme used in commercials for Las Vegas. The classic is "Mockingbird," performed as a duet with 17-year-old daughter Krystal. She does a fine job of not being overwhelmed by Keith.

He had a hand in writing all but three of the tunes and while that aspect of his craft isn't any more subtle than his vocal delivery it is perfectly aligned to his public persona and to his audience. "Greatest Hits Volume 2" is without weakness from top to bottom.

CDs by Toby Keith

The Bus Songs, 2017 35 mph Town, 2015 Drinks After Work, 2013 Hope on the Rocks, 2012 Bullets in the Gun, 2010 American Ride, 2009 That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, 2008 Classic Christmas, 2007 Big Dog Daddy, 2007 White Trash With Money, 2006 Honkytonk University, 2005

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