Hope on the Rocks [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Maybe it's just the times but Toby Keith has had drinking on his mind, calling his 2011 album Clancy's Tavern, which rode up the charts on the back of the boozy hit "Red Solo Cup" and now, for its sequel, Keith serves up Hope on the Rocks, an album where he finds his way to "Cold Beer Country" and complains that he hasn't had a drink all day. He also admits that "I Like Girls Who Drink Beer," the confession coming as no great surprise and, truth be told, there are no great surprises throughout Hope on the Rocks. Keith has whittled the album down to his basics, finding space for only three love songs -- the heartbroken "Haven't Seen the Last of You," "Missed You ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Maybe it's just the times but Toby Keith has had drinking on his mind, calling his 2011 album Clancy's Tavern, which rode up the charts on the back of the boozy hit "Red Solo Cup" and now, for its sequel, Keith serves up Hope on the Rocks, an album where he finds his way to "Cold Beer Country" and complains that he hasn't had a drink all day. He also admits that "I Like Girls Who Drink Beer," the confession coming as no great surprise and, truth be told, there are no great surprises throughout Hope on the Rocks. Keith has whittled the album down to his basics, finding space for only three love songs -- the heartbroken "Haven't Seen the Last of You," "Missed You Just Right," which has airs of an arena-country crossover, and the bittersweet "You Ain't Alone," all arriving in the back half of the album, helping to accentuate the album's party-ready atmosphere. But for as many jokes as he tells -- such as the sly rocker "The Size I Wear" bringing back memories of "Ain't as Good as I Once Was" -- what impresses is the sturdiness of his craft, so expertly honed that he can telegraph the punch line of "Haven't Had a Drink All Day" from a mile away and still make it funny. Similarly, he's musically adept, threading an anthemic chorus into his title track, working a thick blues grind on "Scat Cat," adding horns to "Get Got," and indulging in some old-fashioned swinging shuffle on "Cold Beer Country." Unlike White Trash with Money, there is no unifying sound or theme here: it's just a satisfying set of strong songs. [A Deluxe Edition featured four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Show Dog Nashville
  • UPC: 602537116584
  • Catalog Number: 001743202
  • Sales rank: 52,881

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toby Keith Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion, Tambourine
Chad Cromwell Drums
Kevin Grantt Bass
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Jim Hoke Clarinet, Dobro, Harmonica, Saxophone
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond B3
Russ Pahl Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Jew's Harp
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Scotty Emerick Gut String Guitar
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Mica Roberts Background Vocals
Steve Herman Trumpet
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Resonator
Rob McNelley Electric Guitar
Charlie Judge Synthesizer, Accordion, Hammond B3
Technical Credits
Toby Keith Composer, Producer
Mills Logan Engineer
Ken Love Mastering
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Scotty Emerick Composer
Bobby Pinson Composer
Marc Fortney Composer
Curt Motley Booking
T.K. Kimbrell Management
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