13 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Toby Keith is playing the long game, aiming for a continuity comparable to that of country legends like George Strait. On Drinks After Work, the only sign of Keith paying attention to current Nashville trends is in the hip-hop touches of the opening track, "Shut Up and Hold On." Otherwise, everything here aspires to a timeless quality, from the kiss-off country rocker "Little Miss Tear Stain" and the Western swing–flavored "Last Living Cowboy" to the post-breakup drinking song "Whole Lot More Than That." And for all his reliable songwriting and crack execution, Drinks After Work also keeps proving Keith's flexibility, shifting easily from the margaritas-on-the-beach mellowness of "I'll Probably Be Out Fishing" to a trenchant tale of American farmers' tribulations, "Hard Way to Make an Easy Living." It's all in a year's work for Keith, who—luckily for us—continues on his long, consistent run of quality releases.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Toby Keith is playing the long game, aiming for a continuity comparable to that of country legends like George Strait. On Drinks After Work, the only sign of Keith paying attention to current Nashville trends is in the hip-hop touches of the opening track, "Shut Up and Hold On." Otherwise, everything here aspires to a timeless quality, from the kiss-off country rocker "Little Miss Tear Stain" and the Western swing–flavored "Last Living Cowboy" to the post-breakup drinking song "Whole Lot More Than That." And for all his reliable songwriting and crack execution, Drinks After Work also keeps proving Keith's flexibility, shifting easily from the margaritas-on-the-beach mellowness of "I'll Probably Be Out Fishing" to a trenchant tale of American farmers' tribulations, "Hard Way to Make an Easy Living." It's all in a year's work for Keith, who—luckily for us—continues on his long, consistent run of quality releases.

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