15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This time out, Keith downplays overt politics in favor of tear-stained balladry, down-home celebrations and heartland romance. He approaches his songs with a filmmaker’s flair and an actor’s bravado — tracks like the trucker’s anthem “Drive It On Home,” the barroom lament “Somewhere Else” and the Western-themed title tune are classic narratives with a modern twist. Keith isn’t above dishing out tongue-in-cheek sexism (“Get Out of My Car”) or rhyming “convertible” with “flirtable” (in “Think About You All of the Time”). He gets all the details right in “Trailerhood,” a pungent slice of Southern life set to an easy-going groove. Amidst the twanging rockers and simmering mid-tempo tracks are tender young-love tunes (“Kissin’ In the Rain”) and yearning heartbreak numbers (“In a Couple of Days”). The album’s Deluxe Edition adds four live cuts, including surprising renditions of Roger Miller’s bopping “Chug-a-Lug” and Gordon Lightfoot’s brooding “Sundown.” Bullets In the Gun is prime Keith, swaggering, sly and tuneful to its core.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This time out, Keith downplays overt politics in favor of tear-stained balladry, down-home celebrations and heartland romance. He approaches his songs with a filmmaker’s flair and an actor’s bravado — tracks like the trucker’s anthem “Drive It On Home,” the barroom lament “Somewhere Else” and the Western-themed title tune are classic narratives with a modern twist. Keith isn’t above dishing out tongue-in-cheek sexism (“Get Out of My Car”) or rhyming “convertible” with “flirtable” (in “Think About You All of the Time”). He gets all the details right in “Trailerhood,” a pungent slice of Southern life set to an easy-going groove. Amidst the twanging rockers and simmering mid-tempo tracks are tender young-love tunes (“Kissin’ In the Rain”) and yearning heartbreak numbers (“In a Couple of Days”). The album’s Deluxe Edition adds four live cuts, including surprising renditions of Roger Miller’s bopping “Chug-a-Lug” and Gordon Lightfoot’s brooding “Sundown.” Bullets In the Gun is prime Keith, swaggering, sly and tuneful to its core.

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