12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For his fifth album, Toby Keith changed labels without compromising his style. How Do You Like Me Now?! picks up where Dream Walkin’ left off, mixing energized pop hits (“Blue Bedroom,” “She Only Gets That Way With Me,” and the winning title song) with gentle story songs (“New Orleans”) and beefy, roadhouse rock (“Country Comes to Town,” “Die With Your Boots On”). Many songs show Keith beginning to capitalize on the “guy’s guy” persona that would fully blossom on his next album, Pull My Chain. Still, his last album of the ‘90s shows the singer’s ability to bring subtle new textures to his old recipe. “Hold You, Kiss You, Love You” rides a simmering rhythm based on organ and brushed drums, while the brooding melodrama of “When Love Fades” borrows less from country music than it does Don Henley and even Aerosmith in its softer moments. As Keith enters the middle stage of his career he proves he has more than enough presence to make it as one of modern country’s leading men.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For his fifth album, Toby Keith changed labels without compromising his style. How Do You Like Me Now?! picks up where Dream Walkin’ left off, mixing energized pop hits (“Blue Bedroom,” “She Only Gets That Way With Me,” and the winning title song) with gentle story songs (“New Orleans”) and beefy, roadhouse rock (“Country Comes to Town,” “Die With Your Boots On”). Many songs show Keith beginning to capitalize on the “guy’s guy” persona that would fully blossom on his next album, Pull My Chain. Still, his last album of the ‘90s shows the singer’s ability to bring subtle new textures to his old recipe. “Hold You, Kiss You, Love You” rides a simmering rhythm based on organ and brushed drums, while the brooding melodrama of “When Love Fades” borrows less from country music than it does Don Henley and even Aerosmith in its softer moments. As Keith enters the middle stage of his career he proves he has more than enough presence to make it as one of modern country’s leading men.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
56 Ratings
56 Ratings
THEONLYBestMusicExpert ,

The last good Toby Keith Album

After this album he decided that genuine songs filling his albums should be replaced with shocking schlock like Who's Your Daddy & Courtesy Of The Red White & Blue.

This album has awesome ballads (like his earlier work): When Love Fades, Blue Bedroom, You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This & Do I Know You.

Some good rockers like Country Comes To Town

Great story songs like New Orleans.

The title track is good but a foreshadowing of things to come.

If you like his early work like Who's That Man & We Were In Love, this album is for you. If you are stuck on garbage like Who's Your Daddy & She's A Hottie, get the title track and be on your way.

Toby would never be the same after this album!

CountryBoy15 ,

True

His song is the best. Everytime i hear it i laugh at how many women have jerks for husbands just because he was good at something,....WAS! Anyway i have heard a lot of country music but this is the best song i have heard.

NateDawg33 ,

An excellent album

This album (more specifically "How Do You Like Me Now?!") made me a Toby Keith fan... since his first greatest hits album, only Unleashed compares to this one.

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