Drinks After Work [Deluxe Edition]

Drinks After Work [Deluxe Edition]

by Toby KeithToby Keith

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Twenty years into his career, the inevitable happened: Toby Keith started to slide down the charts. He'd had slow patches before -- when he moved from A&M to Dreamworks at the end of the '90s, he had trouble getting into the Top 10 -- but the success of 2011's Clancy's Tavern and its accompanying hits "Made in America," "Red Solo Cup," and "Beers Ago" wound up seeming like a fluke once 2012's Hope on the Rocks stalled on the charts. Confronted with a possible decline in his fortune, Keith takes action on Drinks After Work, his 17th album in 20 years. As this opens with the stuttering, synthesized, computerized cut-n-paste "Shut Up and Hold On" and the even frothier "Drinks After Work" -' a piece of irrepressibly chipper country pop fueled by a guitar hook reminiscent of vintage Third Eye Blind -- there's no question that Keith not only realizes he needs to sound modern, but he's ready to play the game, ready to throw out sounds that used to be successful but no longer pay back dividends. This doesn't last long on Drinks After Work. Soon enough, he's back to clean, efficient big-boned country -- forceful and macho, but tellingly old-fashioned, eluding the bro back-claps of such new millennial sensations as Luke Bryan. Keith is a little more country than that: he still indulges in masculine bluster then undercuts his shtick with seriously sentimental shtick, both sides of his persona still sculpted with care, but it's clear he's not all that interested in moving forward. And so, Drinks After Work unfurls at a steady pace, sometimes cranking up the country rock, sometimes laying back into a backporch shuffle, but usually never stretching so far as to upset an audience that wants something familiar and cozy. Those singles are ringers, songs to perhaps hook in new listeners via the radio, while the rest of the record is designed to reassure his longtime fans that nothing has changed, either in their world or in his. And to that end, one thing really hasn't changed: Keith's best, liveliest songs arrive at the end as bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition of Drinks After Work, when he throws away expectations of topping the charts and delivers bawdy, funny songs that he writes to blow off steam while on tour; here, it's the smirking salute "Call a Marine" and the quietly emotional "Chuckie's Gone," a tribute to his late bassist and bandleader. These songs are so good that they raise the question of why Keith can't just give up on the very idea of a hit single and do a whole album as loose, funny, and genuine as these tunes. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2013
Label: Show Dog Nashville
UPC: 0602537535958
catalogNumber: 001922602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toby Keith   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Vibes
Greg Barnhill   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle,Piano
Natalie Hemby   Background Vocals
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Steve Nathan   Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar
Pat Bergeson   Harmonica
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Nicole Scott   Background Vocals
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer,Piano,Cello,Jew's Harp,Marimbas,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
David Santos   Bass
Danny Rager   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Toby Keith   Composer,Producer
Barry Dean   Composer
Natalie Hemby   Composer
Mills Logan   Programming
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Alex Jarvis   Programming
Bobby Pinson   Composer,Producer
Luke Laird   Composer

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