Toby Keith - Unleashed
Audio CD July 23, 2002
Original Release Date: 2002
Label: Dreamworks Nashville
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Toby Keith has never been shy, but on Unleashed the Oklahoman proves he has more in common with Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr. than you might have thought. The headline-making hit single "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American) " will either impress you as a piece of jingoistic hooey or rally your fighting blood with its images the Statue of Liberty started shaking her fist" of patriotic retaliation. The "eye for an eye" mood
continues on "Beer for My Horses," a frontier-justice saga on which Willie Nelson duets. But after that, things start falling into the usual formula: a killer
pop ballad "Rock You Baby", some smart-ass sexual grandstanding "Who's Your Daddy", and a few midtempo ruminations on life and love that catch the ear but ultimately prove forgettable. By the time he gets to "It Works for Me," in which Keith celebrates the virtues of country living "If it's so good in the city / Why don't anybody smile? ", you'll swear it's a Bocephus CD in your player. Oh, you rowdy boys! ~ Alanna Nash
As you can tell, I am happy with the release of Toby Keith's newest and possibly best CD. It comes less than a year after "Pull My Chain", but do not let the suddeness of it fool you: this CD is worth every penny you put into it, and more. Keith, as always, makes sure he covers a wide range of tempos and
melodies. Love ballads--"Losing My Touch", "Rock You Baby", "That's Not How It Is", "Rodeo Moon" (sort of)--are mixed in with easy-rollers like "It's All
Good", "Huckleberry", and "Ain't It Just Like You". Thrown into the mix are some rockers "The Angry American", "Who's Your Daddy?", "Good To Go To Mexico", and "Beer For My Horses".
The topics are equally diversified. "The Angry American," as if you haven't heard it, is about the anger and hatred we felt on 9-11..captured by a man that
felt the same way. "Good To Go To Mexico" is about that vacation we all need in our lives. "Beer For My Horses", a duet with the one and only Willie
Nelson, is about obtaining justice when justice is necessary. "Huckleberry" is a song about the beauty of puppy love, and "Rodeo Moon" (co-written by Chris LeDoux) covers the life of a traveling rodeo star and his wife. The album ends with an introduction of "The Angry American", and an explanation of why Keith wrote it.
Toby Keith's songwriting skills abound here, as he wrote or co-wrote all twelve of the tunes (not counting the final track). All his wit, anger, love, fear, and anxieties are transfered to your ears through his music. Those headphones can carry a lot, can't they?
Alright, alright, I'll end this. Here is the point: This is THE album of the summer of 2002! This is THE album if you are a Toby Keith fan! This is THE album if you are a country music fan! If you do not like country music, then do not buy this album, because country music is what you'll be getting; country music Toby-style!
Beware: Toby Keith has been unleashed...and the big dog's on the prowl. ~ DanD
Paul Franklin - steel guitar
Michael Thompson - electric guitar
Steve Nathan - piano, keyboards
Michael Rhodes - bass
Shannon Forrest - drums
Toby Keith - vocals, acoustic guitar
Toby Keith - Unleashed Tracks
01 Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue ( The Angry American )
02 Who's Your Daddy
03 Good to Go to Mexico
04 It's All Good
05 Beer For My Horses - ( with Willie Nelson )
06 Losing My Touch
08 It Works For Me
09 Ain't It Just Like You
10 Rock You Baby
11 Rodeo Moon
12 That's Not How It Is
13 Live Introduction by Toby of " Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue ( The Angry American ) "