Toby Keith - Hope on the Rocks
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Hope on the Rocks (Show Dog  -  Universal label, 2012)

Toby Keith

Reviewed by Rick Bell

For most of the 2000s, Toby Keith albums have been predictable and quite honestly pretty boring. Keith's latest again is predictable, but this time around it's anything but dull. Perhaps it's the pared down selection of just 10 cuts, allowing Keith to cull and produce the best that he's written.

His themes stomp through familiar turf - cold beer, curvy girls, curvy girls who drink cold beer - but there's a more convincing vibe from start to finish. A bartender relates a never-ending stream of sad tales on the opening title cut, while the central character in Scat Cat tries to escape the family business - runnin' moonshine (naturally). Missed You Just Right is a lost-love song that instead of a typical Keith f-you refrain, it's a thank you - a nice touch for the normally heavy-handed singer.

Four more cuts are included in the deluxe edition, including a bawdy remix of Red Solo Cup and live cuts of Whiskey Girl and Get Out of My Car - f-you to the girl included.

CDs by Toby Keith

Peso In My Pocket, 2021 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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