Album Info

RELEASE
August 31, 2009
LABEL
Show Dog Nashville
GENRES
Country, Contemporary Country

Album Review

With most contemporary country artists, you could guarantee that a song called "American Ride" would be a slice of jingoism, but Toby Keith isn't like most country singers. His "American Ride" casts a cynical eye at desperate housewives and wannabe pop stars, not celebrating down-home values but wondering where we're all headed on this American Ride at the end of the 2000s, a sentiment not all that far removed form some of Keith's previous social commentary, which makes it a mild surprise that it is the only song here that doesn't come from his own pen. As superb and striking as it is, it's not necessarily a good keystone for the rest of the record, which does have a few tougher numbers that pick up on the lean, mean vibe of 2008's That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy -- "Every Dog Has Its Day," the sly "If I Had One," and the heavy blues stomp "Loaded" -- but spends more time on the softer side, even when he kicks up a bit of dust on the dancefloor on "You Can't Read My Mind" or does a funny, respectful salute to military life on "Ballad of Balad." In other words, the real touchstone for the rest of the record is "Tender as I Wanna Be," where he lets his guard down and lets the romance flow. This doesn't turn American Ride into a schizophrenic jumble, as Keith has always balanced these two extremes, but after spending a little bit more time swaggering than wooing, he's back to crooning and it's amiable and appealing, if not overwhelming.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. American Ridehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333314484&id=333314057&at=11l9vR
  2. Gypsy Driftin'http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333314565&id=333314057&at=11l9vR
  3. Are You Feelin' Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333315235&id=333314057&at=11l9vR
  4. Every Dog Has Its Dayhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333315583&id=333314057&at=11l9vR
  5. Woke Up on My Ownhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333315957&id=333314057&at=11l9vR
  6. If You're Tryin' You Ain'thttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333316313&id=333314057&at=11l9vR
  7. Cryin' for Me (Wayman's Song)http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333316545&id=333314057&at=11l9vR
  8. If I Had Onehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333316573&id=333314057&at=11l9vR
  9. You Can't Read My Mindhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333316940&id=333314057&at=11l9vR
  10. Tender as I Wanna Behttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333317771&id=333314057&at=11l9vR
  11. Loadedhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333318380&id=333314057&at=11l9vR
  12. Ballad of Baladhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&i=333318609&id=333314057&at=11l9vR