Toby Keith's ninth album makes a statement right out of the gate with the gutsy, powerful "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)." Things lighten up with the likable country funk of

Toby Keith's ninth album makes a statement right out of the gate with the gutsy, powerful "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)." Things lighten up with the likable country funk of "Who's Your Daddy" and the jumpin' Mexicali romp "Good to Go to Mexico," then "Beer for my Horses" is a tough, Western-themed duet with Willie Nelson. His supercharged vibrato is built for a ballad, and here he serves up the melancholy "Losing My Touch" with world-weary aplomb. "Huckleberry" is a romantic, big-hearted midtempo, "Ain't it Just Like You" is a polished gem, and the softly percolating "Rock You Baby" is a country power ballad. Toby Keith has developed into a superstar for a reason, and he keeps getting better.—RW

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