Toby Keith - Honkytonk University
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Honkytonk University (DreamWorks Nashville, 2005)

Toby Keith

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

Toby Keith's 13th album reflects both the Oklahoma native's staying power in mainstream country music, and, unfortunately, the title track shows the arrogance that has accompanied his rise to the top.

"Honkytonk U," Keith's "mini-bio" is an unnecessary song in which he brags about everything from selling out concerts to entertaining U.S. troops in the Middle East. Many artists have performed for the military, but few have bragged about doing it. The rest, however, strays from Keith's wear-my-patriotism on my sleeve attitude. There's "As Good As I Once Was," a song in the vein of "Just Talking About Tonight," and the equally humorous "You Ain't Leavin' (Thank God Are Ya)." Keith also shines in his duet with Merle Haggard - "She Ain't Hooked on Me No More" and on the poignant ballad "Where You Gonna Go."

Almost guaranteed to be a hit with fans, Keith should stick to recording quality music - without telling us how wonderful, tough or patriotic he is.

CDs by Toby Keith

Peso In My Pocket, 2021 The Bus Songs, 2017 35 mph Town, 2015 Drinks After Work, 2013 Hope on the Rocks, 2012 Bullets in the Gun, 2010 American Ride, 2009 That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, 2008 Classic Christmas, 2007 Big Dog Daddy, 2007 White Trash With Money, 2006 Honkytonk University, 2005

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