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CD review: Toby Keith 'Hope on the Rocks'

Befitting his blue-collar outlook and upbringing, Oklahoma native Toby Keith's discography increasingly brings to mind a favored leather jacket: sturdy, reliable and well-crafted.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: November 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm •  Published: November 2, 2012
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Toby Keith ‘Hope on the Rocks Deluxe Edition' (Show Dog-Universal Music)

Befitting his blue-collar outlook and upbringing, Oklahoma native Toby Keith's discography increasingly brings to mind a favored leather jacket: sturdy, reliable and well-crafted.

The stalwart country music superstar, 51, releases an album every autumn, and the 2012 edition, “Hope on the Rocks” slips comfortably into the leather jacket analogy.

It's nothing showy or trendy, just a collection of solid, well-written country songs.

The Norman resident's baritone drawl has aged like leather, getting richer and more appealing with age.

Per usual, the Clinton-born Keith wrote or co-wrote all 10 new songs — the deluxe edition adds two remixes and two live tracks — along with producing the album. He does open “Hope on the Rocks” with something completely different — a shiny new set of buttons on the old jacket, if you will — in the title track, a mature and melancholy story-song about a bartender encountering the hurt and displaced folks that drift in and out of our lives. It doesn't have quite the sonic punch of some of his most memorable hits, but the sad truth of it lingers.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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