Shock'n Y'all [DualDisc]

Shock'n Y'all [DualDisc]

by Toby Keith

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Shock'n Y'all [DualDisc]

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2005
Label: Dreamworks Nashville
UPC: 0602498804179
catalogNumber: 000452982

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toby Keith   Primary Artist
Phil Madeira   Dobro
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Clayton Ivey   Piano,Keyboards
Julian King   Percussion,Trumpet,Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards
James Stroud   Percussion,Background Vocals
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Scotty Emerick   Acoustic Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Phil Madeira   Composer
Toby Keith   Composer
Chuck Cannon   Composer
Ronnie Dunn   Composer
John Guess   Engineer
Julian King   Engineer
James Stroud   Producer
Richard Hanson   Engineer
Ricky Cobble   Engineer
Wayne R. Halper   Liner Notes
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Anderson Thomas   Art Direction
Deena Shapiro   Liner Notes
Todd Cassetty   Art Direction
Darren Welch   Art Direction

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