Unleashed

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Controversial even before its release, Toby Keith's Unleashed positions him as the latest defender of the American Way. His roiling post-9/11 manifesto, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue The Angry American," lays out a vision of unrelenting vengeance directed at the punks who attacked the United States, as it gleefully asserts, "You'll be sorry that you messed with/the U.S. of A/'Cause we'll put a boot in your ass/It's the American way." The song won't appeal to everyone, obviously, but its fierce outrage is expressed far more eloquently than the chorus might suggest. But there's more to Unleashed -- Keith's robust baritone and can-do attitude bespeak a man with a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Controversial even before its release, Toby Keith's Unleashed positions him as the latest defender of the American Way. His roiling post-9/11 manifesto, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue The Angry American," lays out a vision of unrelenting vengeance directed at the punks who attacked the United States, as it gleefully asserts, "You'll be sorry that you messed with/the U.S. of A/'Cause we'll put a boot in your ass/It's the American way." The song won't appeal to everyone, obviously, but its fierce outrage is expressed far more eloquently than the chorus might suggest. But there's more to Unleashed -- Keith's robust baritone and can-do attitude bespeak a man with a purpose, and he deploys it in the service of some damn fine hard-country music. A moaning pedal steel, whimsical lyrics, and a tender vocal make "Huckleberry" the most engaging love song in Keith's repertoire. A brisk shuffle and lyrics delivered rapid-fire provide the ballast for a forthright declaration of self-reliance, "It Works for Me." Willie Nelson shows up to help Keith kick ass on "Beer for My Horses," a rowdy, honky-tonkin', pre-9/11 Keith original that takes an uncompromising law-and-order line against "evil forces" at loose on the land. The big, booming power ballad "Rock You Baby," with Lari White on background vocals, beautifully blends soft passages with a soaring chorus, as Keith navigates through the arrangement with authority and deep feeling. Well-crafted original songs with an assured point of view, played with conviction and performed with a lot of heart, define Unleashed, one of the meatiest albums of the year.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Toby Keith was edging in on superstardom prior to the release of Unleashed -- he appeared on a national long-distance telephone commercial, after all -- but this was the record that made him a household name, thanks to the opening track "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue The Angry American" and the media-created controversy surrounding its release. The rabble-rousing, obstinate flip-side to Alan Jackson's "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning" -- essentially, a 9-11 song for those who thought Jackson's heartbroken confusion was for pansies, but weren't redneck enough to embrace Charlie Daniels' "That Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag" or "The Last Fallen Hero" -- "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" is, as its subtitle suggests, filled with anger, telling the terrorists whose "suckerpunch came flying in from somewhere in the back," a rhyme so tantalizingly close to "somewhere in Iraq," you will yourself to hear it every time it plays that they'll "get a boot in their ass, it's the American way." Keith was scheduled to sing this on an ABC special on the fourth of July not too coincidentally mentioned in the song, when apparently Peter Jennings objected to the tone of the song and asked the network to rescind the singer's invitation, which then lead to reams of print and countless TV appearances that effectively sold Unleashed before it hit the stores. As it turns out, "Courtesy" is a bit misleading of a lead single, as is the title, since most of this album is hardly tough macho posturing. Sure, there's some of it -- such as the absurdly anthemic "Beer for My Horses," a duet with Willie Nelson where the two of them hunt down modern day gangsters like cowboys, then drink to their accomplishments -- but most of this album is tuneful singer/songwriterism, particularly on the second side, where this album really takes off with a series of rolling, melodic, acoustic-based songs that truly demonstrate that Keith can be a sturdy, memorable songwriter. True, he does descend into cloying cuteness on occasion "Huckleberry", but the stretch of songs from "It Works for Me" through "That's Not How It Is" that ends the record is among his finest, and they're balanced by a couple of good moments from the first side the silly fun of "Good to Go to Mexico," "Losing My Touch" and, of course, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue." That song may mischaracterize what's on Unleashed, but those who are brought in by that slice of flag-waving jingoism should be pleased by the sweeter fare here since, ultimately, it proves to be more substantive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/2002
  • Label: Dreamworks Nashville
  • UPC: 600445025424
  • Catalog Number: 450254
  • Sales rank: 49,637

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toby Keith Primary Artist
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Lari White Background Vocals
Kim Fleming Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Clayton Ivey Piano, Keyboards
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan Piano, Keyboards
Michael Rhodes Bass
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Michael Hart Thompson Electric Guitar
Chris Collins Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Scotty Emerick Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Toby Keith Composer, Producer
Julian King Engineer
James Stroud Producer
Richard Hanson Engineer
Scotty Emerick Composer
Darren Welch Art Direction
Hank Williams Mastering
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toby, You ROCK!!!!!

    Toby, My FAVORITE song is on this album, The Angery American. It really does ispire people in a way, i don't know how or why, but it sure does!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toby you are the best!

    Toby your music rocks. You are one of my idols and you have inspired me to do much more in life. You are one of the best that have changed country music, in more ways than one, and I really enjoy listening to your music. You are a great artists and great song writter!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Songs By A Great American

    He does it his way, and ignores the Music Row morons. He sings songs that touch true Americans (sorry Dixie Chicks, there are true Americans still out there). Toby is truly a spokesman for this generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More than Angry American...

    While all the media focus on the CD has been on Angry American, there are some better songs on this album. Good to Go to Mexico has a great Jimmy Buffett feel. Toby goes back to his rodeo roots in "Rodeo Moon" co-written by Chris Ledoux. The best song on the album however is "Who's Your Daddy?".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toby is so cool

    Me and my friend Ashley love courtasy of the red, white, and blue so much that we have memorized it by heart and sing it, so you get why I gave it 5 stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMERICA!!!!!

    BEER FOR MY HORSES IS THE BEST COUNTRY SONG EVER WRITTEN AND COURTESY OF THE RED WHITE AND BLUE IS ONE OF THE MOST INNFLUENTIAL SONGS WRITTEN. TOBY ALL THE WAY!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great CD

    This is a great CD! I love the opening, and I also love the duet with Willie Nelson! Just buy it, you will not be sorry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is as real as it gets......

    Loved every song on this cd...especially Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue. It was written when the shock & horror of 9/11 was fresh, as well as the recent loss of his father....eGads, you can hear more anger in the voices of children, or adults involved in everyday conversation. I was infuriated when Peter Jennings was ALLOWED to nix Toby's appearance at the July 4th celebration.Being a Canadian and fan of the oh so gentile sport of hockey, I'd have thought he'd love the song. And...Melanie, Jolene, & Andrew, I wonder if you'd feel differently if you'd ever served your country in the military....just a thought. I've not been so touched by someone's music since first hearing Steve Goodman....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love this cd@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i have this entire cd memorized my fav. sogs are hucklberry, good to go to mexico, courtsy of the red white and blue, beer for my horses and rodeo moon (because i ride barrles)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Honesty is the best policy

    Toby did an AWESOME job on this CD and proves that honesty is the best policy and can get you far in life! I LOVED every minute of listening to this CD! I can't seem to get enough of Toby Keith no matter what day it is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hits the Mark!

    Great CD with Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue, The Angry American sung with emotion and pace. Great lyrics for the time we are experiencing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love the song curtesy of the red white and blue

    I love this cd It is great it represents him

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not sorry, just plain sad.

    Gee, where would we be without Toby Keith telling us how to react? Perhaps $17 richer and with better Country singers who know how to write true Country lyrics to match real talent. I'm among the dissenters here. I plunked down good money for a sad excuse of a CD, believing all the hype. Wish I had come to Barnes and Noble first to hear samples of the music before wasting my dough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Valentine's Day "Gift"

    I got this cd from my boyfriend as a Valentine's Day gift. He knows I like all music. I do not like this cd at all. The voice is good but the lyrics on most tracts are not what I would call true country. They're not even good. To be fair, I watched Keith on CMT doing some songs. The man is just as arrogant in person as he is on this cd. As for being a true American, we all are. That's just a great marketing ploy for this mediocre CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Peter Jennings?

    Is he an American? Natural or otherwise? Think a majority of the people are still angry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toby bombed here!

    Sorry to say but I bought this CD. I also bought the very first Toby CD. What a difference! What a waste! There's just way too much emphasis on making angry political statements and less on making good country music. I've really tried to stay with this singer, but no more. There's too many guys out there that have the staying power to keep us country and western fans happy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best

    This C.D. is the best C.D. that I have ever bought. The only reason I bought it was for one song (The Angry American) but when I heard the rest of the songs I fell in love with the whole thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Hoss Is the Boss

    Hey, Toby tells it like it is no matter what people may think or say about him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TOBY KEITH HITS PLATNIUM

    I Love The Red WHITE & Blue,It's PERFECT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Total Agreement

    I'm in total agreement with goldbarranch. This song says it all! The star rating is for the only song I've heard on this album. ''Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue''. In answer to his post the artist that did ''Solder With a Gun'' is Chad Simmons.

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