Toby Keith Discography Sept 29, 2015 23:41:48 GMT -5
Post by StevePulaski on Sept 29, 2015 23:41:48 GMT -5
Hope on the Rocks (2012)
By: Toby Keith
By: Toby Keith
Hope on the Rocks is not only one of Toby Keith's most briskly paced releases, racing past quicker than a freight train behind schedule, but it's also the first with such an ambiguous title. From the titular song, which concerns a bartender's observations of his clientele in a vastly different way than in Keith's monstrous hit "I Love This Bar," the track alludes to the notion that a character's momentary sense of hope or optimism is on rocky waters, uncertain about the future, or the metaphor of it being a drink with added ice cubes. The notion is subtle and cute without being overbearingly so, and this about sums up Hope on the Rocks in its entirety.
This is an album of brief, but satisfying, country songs that work to showcase Keith's voice and macho sound and his band's musical talent. "The Size I Wear" is a bonafide country track, with loud guitar riffs adding to Keith's rough and tumble voice as he spits out cleanly delivered lines, "Get Got" is the kind of country anthem that never gets old, about the fact of life that sometimes you're up and sometimes you're down, and "Haven't Had a Drink All Day" is that hankering most of us get for one more on a stressful, neverending day.
"I Like Girls That Drink Beer," the album's lead single, is one of Keith's strongest lead singles ever; it's a fun and beautifully composed track that is all about its sound and delivery, as much of this album is. It features some of the catchiest riffs and instrumental assortments of Keith's, and conceptually, it's a cry for authenticity and a subtle hunger for nostalgia all rolled into one terrific song.
Keith takes a bit longer, however, to trail into more emotional territory, and when he does, he doesn't get too sentimental, stopping the poignantly written "Haven't Seen the Last You" from being too much of an interrupting barroom weeper in the midst of what is otherwise a perfect assortment of quick country songs that would liven any party or line dance. Keith shows his true talents on Hope on the Rocks, and proves that the 2010's decade has been his strongest so far, with three bold and original albums that showcase his fundamental strengths after a wealth of experimentation in the aughts.
NOTE: Hope on the Rocks, unfortunately, features one of the most pitiful deluxe editions I've yet to see on any release. It features two disposable shuffle/electronic remixes of "Red Solo Cup" and "Beers Ago," both cuts off of Keith's last album Clancy's Tavern, a live rendition of "Whiskey Girl," and a largely stupid live version of "Get Out of My Car" that just goes on forever. This is an album that was either meant to be concise or meant to keep the party going; not stall it with filler.
Recommended tracks (in order): "I Like Girls That Drink Beer," "Haven't Seen the Last of You," "Get Got," and "The Size I Wear."