Pull My Chain

Pull My Chain

5.0 13
by Toby Keith
     
 
From his college days playing linebacker on top-rated Oklahoma University football teams to his professional career hanging out in the topmost reaches of the country charts, Toby Keith has become accustomed to the penthouse life. And while Pull My Chain is full of radio- and listener-friendly songs destined for chart success, with Toby Keith there's always meat

Overview

From his college days playing linebacker on top-rated Oklahoma University football teams to his professional career hanging out in the topmost reaches of the country charts, Toby Keith has become accustomed to the penthouse life. And while Pull My Chain is full of radio- and listener-friendly songs destined for chart success, with Toby Keith there's always meat on the bone, thoughts and feeling to go along with a solid beat and engaging personality. "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight," the album opener, is the sort of tuneful, straight-talking country rocker on which Keith puts his genial, open-hearted stamp. Similarly, the soft, evocative ballad "You Leave Me Weak" gives Keith an opportunity to get lowdown and bluesy in opening up to the woman of his dreams before belting out the soaring choruses. The ever-reliable Dave Loggins contributes one of the album's nonstop burners, "Pick 'em Up and Lay 'em Down," which finds Keith delivering a blistering vocal attack over searing guitars and booming drums in a fierce, rocking track that just won't quit. "My List" is Keith's self-affirming resolution to make the most of each day, while the tearjerking "You Didn't Have as Much to Lose" shows off a sensitive side under the macho posturing. A nice blend of fiery, rocking songs and tender, introspective moments, Pull My Chain figures to be to country music what Keith's alma mater was to college football in 2000: Totally dominant.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Toby Keith's first DreamWorks album, 1999's How Do You Like Me Now?!, unveiled a new persona -- one that didn't shy away from the ballads that helped bring him hits in the '90s but put them into the background, emphasizing his humor and his bravado to winning effect. And to success, too, as it became the album that truly turned him into a country star, thereby letting him dig into this new persona on its follow-up, 2001's Pull My Chain. In every regard, this is a bigger, better record than its predecessor, possessing a richer musicality and a more confident sense of humor. That humor may be most evident on its weakest track, the mocking macho white-rap "I Wanna Talk About Me" (written by Bobby Braddock, not Keith), but it's better heard on the album opener "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight," a one-night stand anthem that's wry and clever, not obvious. That sly sense of craft has been evident in Keith's work since his debut but it truly comes to full fruition here, perhaps because of his new co-writer Scotty Emerick, who had only one credit on How Do You Like Me Now?! but five here, including "I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight," the mellow soul of "I Can't Take You Anywhere," the power ballad "You Leave Me Weak," the breezy '70s soft rock of "Tryin' to Matter" and the laid-back "Yesterday's Rain." These are the backbone of the record, but they don't dominate it, as Keith's collaborations with Chuck Cannon -- "The Sha La La Song," which is the opposite of the bluster of the title track, also written with Cannon -- a rocking cover of Dave Loggins' "Pick 'Em Up and Lay 'Em Down" and two collaborations with Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin (the ballad "You Didn't Have as Much to Lose" and the bonus track "Gimme Eight Seconds," which is pure arena rock country complete with guitars resurrected from the '80s) are equally as good. All these different co-writers and covers mean that Pull My Chain isn't quite coherent, but that's also part of its charm: with his new success, Keith is empowered to try a bit of everything, to sow his wild oats, and he does so in compelling fashion here.
Billboard - Ray Waddell
...great songs, stellar musicianship, and stout production.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label:
Dreamworks Nashville
UPC:
0600445029729
catalogNumber:
450297
Rank:
77447

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toby Keith   Primary Artist
Curtis Wright   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Clayton Ivey   Piano
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Brent Rowan   Acoustic Guitar
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Curtis Young   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Toby Keith   Composer,Producer
John Guess   Engineer
Julian King   Engineer
James Stroud   Producer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Lee Ann Ramey   Art Direction
Scotty Emerick   Composer

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Pull My Chain 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How can you not love Toby Keith? He's so good looking and funny and gets to the heart of the matter oh man I could go on forever! His music is just amazing. I just went to his concert which included alot of his new songs on this album can I just say WOW! I'm going to go buy it right after work today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't bought the record yet, but I have been waiting for it ever since US99 in Chicago played songs from it on the sly. My favorites are the list and I wanna talk about me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
EVERY song on here has the makings of a hit! If I HAVE to pick a favorite, it would probably be ''I Wanna Talk About Me''...but they're all awesome! How do we like him now? BETTER THAN EVER!!! Keep em coming, Toby!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this cd it is the best one espessically I wanna talk about me Kat
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there ever was perfect country album ''Pull My Chain'' is it!! OMG!! You have the fun hip hop ''I wanna talk about me''the ever so truthful and self serving ''I'm just talkin' about tonite'', The Love Ballad ''You Leave Me Weak'' that melts your heart with every word sang by Tobys rich and sexy voice, and Then ''The List'' which is not only soulful but down right earthy and meaningful to anyone with a heart!!Then to top it off a good old Cowboy song,''Gimme 8 seconds'' the song that makes you want to run out and watch a rodeo!! Toby has finally come to his own, and the rest of the country world has found out what us true Toby fans have known for years...Toby is real country music and country music fans love Toby!! Run ,do not walk, to the nearest music store and purchase Pull My Chain!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have listened to this cd every single day on my way to work for three solid months. It's Toby's best collection yet. One of my favorites is Yesterday's Rain and Forever Hasn't Got Here Yet ain't half bad either!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!! This is a awesom cd. From beginning to end. Toby Keith's rich, deep, resonant voice just explodes. I can't get enough of it. Until now, he has been the most underrated singer/songwriter in country music. Finally people have opened their eyes (and ears.) It's about time!!! I've been a huge fan since the beginning and will continue to be. Go Toby!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have listened to this album every day since it debuted!!! Most days more than once!!! I will never get tired of it!!! Every song is top-notch!!! My favorite is ''I Can't Take You Anywhere''!!! I hope Toby releases all of the songs on PULL MY CHAIN for radio airplay!!!! I have never been as impressed with any other artist as I have with Toby, & this album, and HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW are the best music I have ever listened to!!! Keep it coming Toby!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey everyone I have been a Toby Keith fan since Boomtown. I think that Toby is so very talented and his new CD tops it all. His songs just keep getting better. I thought I was impressed with his last CD, ''I Wanna Talk About Me, but then I heard this one I am blown away. He really has a great album and talent. He just keeps getting better. My favorite song on this album would have to be ''The List.'' This song I feel captures the feelings that everyone goes through in life, especially right now with what is going on in our society. It reminds us to take the time and appreciate our life and all we have, and not be boggled down by all the little things. Several other great songs that really hit are ''Tryin to Matter'' and ''Forever Hasn't Got Here Yet.'' Both these songs focus on not giving up on love, and they are both just good heart felt songs. But he also ties in the fun with songs like ''I Wanna Talk About Me,'' which is a very fun song that talks to the male audience, and ''I'm Just Talkin About Tonight.'' This album is just so great, I just can't wait to see what is next for Toby Keith he has become an amazing performer and musician.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD yesterday, and it has been very nice to listen to. I suggest any Toby Keith fan to purchase it, or any country music fan for that matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pull My Chain is a great CD. There are no weaknesses. Moving ballads mix with rocking, fun songs. The best by far is "You Leave Me Weak", guaranteed to get your mate in the mood! Toby hits big with this album.
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