American Ride

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With most contemporary country artists, you could guarantee that a song called "American Ride" would be a slice of jingoism, but Toby Keith isn't like most country singers. His "American Ride" casts a cynical eye at desperate housewives and wannabe pop stars, not celebrating down-home values but wondering where we're all headed on this American Ride at the end of the 2000s, a sentiment not all that far removed form some of Keith's previous social commentary, which makes it a mild surprise that it is the only song here that doesn't come from his own pen. As superb and striking as it is, it's not necessarily a good keystone for the rest of the record, which does ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With most contemporary country artists, you could guarantee that a song called "American Ride" would be a slice of jingoism, but Toby Keith isn't like most country singers. His "American Ride" casts a cynical eye at desperate housewives and wannabe pop stars, not celebrating down-home values but wondering where we're all headed on this American Ride at the end of the 2000s, a sentiment not all that far removed form some of Keith's previous social commentary, which makes it a mild surprise that it is the only song here that doesn't come from his own pen. As superb and striking as it is, it's not necessarily a good keystone for the rest of the record, which does have a few tougher numbers that pick up on the lean, mean vibe of 2008's That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy -- "Every Dog Has Its Day," the sly "If I Had One," and the heavy blues stomp "Loaded" -- but spends more time on the softer side, even when he kicks up a bit of dust on the dancefloor on "You Can't Read My Mind" or does a funny, respectful salute to military life on "Ballad of Balad." In other words, the real touchstone for the rest of the record is "Tender as I Wanna Be," where he lets his guard down and lets the romance flow. This doesn't turn American Ride into a schizophrenic jumble, as Keith has always balanced these two extremes, but after spending a little bit more time swaggering than wooing, he's back to crooning and it's amiable and appealing, if not overwhelming.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Show Dog Nashville
  • UPC: 812080010653
  • Catalog Number: 27
  • Sales rank: 13,488

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toby Keith Primary Artist
Dave Koz Saxophone
Eric Darken Percussion
David Angell Strings
Bruce Bouton Pedal Steel Guitar
John Catchings Strings
Paul Franklin Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Jim Hoke Jew's Harp
Charles Judge Synthesizer
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh Drums
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
Marcus Miller Bass
Steve Nathan Piano, Keyboards
Randy Scruggs Banjo
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Strings
Kristin Wilkinson Strings
Glenn Worf Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Gayle Mayes Background Vocals
Angela Primm Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Steven Sheehan Acoustic Guitar
Arthur Thompson Percussion
Technical Credits
Toby Keith Composer, Producer
Charles Judge Programming
Mills Logan Engineer
Mark Wright Producer
Joe West Composer
Dave Pahanish Composer
Bobby Pinson Composer
Graham Hope Engineer
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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    love toby

    i love the songs especially crying for me its very touching i like seeing the soft side of him, i love american ride as well

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Typical Toby

    I thought this was a solid CD--the music is typical Toby Keith, and for those of us who have followed him for years, there was definately no disappointment. This CD wasn't quite as edgy--a bit more mellow--but very interesting--good songs.

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