Yahoos will be disappointed in Toby Keith for not waving the red, white, and blue more aggressively on the follow-up to his controversial 9/11 response, Unleashed. But the beefy Okie has done the right thing by low-keying the politics and returning to examinations of the grinding, workaday world. His closest foray into Angry Americanism is both muted and respectful: "American Soldier" recounts the G.I.'s regimented life and daily sacrifices. In contrast to the figurative bombs exploding all over his previous album, however, this song commences austerely, with gentle, finger-picked acoustic guitar, then rises to a controlled roar as it celebrates courage and commitment to a cause. The sarcastic "Taliban Song" gives him a chance to roll out some vintage jingoism, but it's hardly as incendiary as other Keith broadsides. Otherwise the news is about topics closer to home. The sludgy, Stones-ish country blues of "I Love This Bar" celebrates the debauched types who make the nightlife special. Keith offers up a couple of tasty morsels of southern rock 'n' soul, Memphis style, in the driving breakup song "Time for Me to Ride" and a grinding ode to a Georgia peach, "Sweet," both of which benefit from razor-edged guitar work and pumping horn sections. The catchy, island-flavored "Nights I Can't Remember, Friends I'll Never Forget" appropriates Jimmy Buffett's easygoing attitude in paying unapologetic tribute to college days spent partying hearty (at the expense of an education), thereby maintaining the album's sub-theme of conscience-free pursuit of unbridled hedonistic pleasures. Punchy, muscular, and fueled by heartland machismo, Shock'n Y'All ought to keep Toby Keith's gravy train rolling, even absent any controversial super-patriotism or gung-ho militarism.