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

Keith adds some flash with the bawdy honky-tonker “The Size I Wear,” the brawny blues-rocker “Scat Cat” and the horn-peppered old-timer's advice list “Get Got.”

The ballads — the heartbroken “Haven't Seen the Last of You,” the uplifting “Missed You Just Right” and mournful “You Ain't Alone” — are particularly soft and supple.

Maybe it was the success of his last album's infectious earworm “Red Solo Cup” — a remixed version of the ditty is included on the new album's deluxe version — but Keith seems to have beer on the brain this go-round.

He tunefully ties one on with “I Like Girls That Drink Beer,” “Cold Beer Country” and “Haven't Had a Drink All Day,” making “Hope on the Rocks” a particularly party-ready release.

Leather jacket optional.

— Brandy McDonnell

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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