Album Review: Toby Keith, 'Clancy's Tavern'

86 Billboard Rating

TOBY KEITH
"Clancy's Tavern"
Producer: Toby Keith
Showdog Universal
Release Date: Oct. 25

It may seem hard to believe, but Toby Keith has been doing what he does-and doing it well-for 18 years now. On his latest album, "Clancy's Tavern," he hasn't made any major changes stylistically or lyrically: For the most part, the country singer adheres to the show-biz adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." The chart-topping "Made in America" and "Red Solo Cup" have already shown its appeal to Keith's core, though the latter might have some degree of difficulty at country radio. Still, there's more than enough to keep Keith's name on the airwaves for the next 12 to 18 months. "I Won't Let You Down" is a bluesy love song that he handles well, and he even shines the spotlight on a couple of '60s classics, including Chuck Berry's "Memphis" and the gear-jamming "Truck Drivin' Man." Also worth a listen is the stunning title cut, which has a bit of an Irish lean. Overall, another solid effort from one of country's finest.

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