Shock'n Y'All - Toby Keith
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Keith is happy to be a dirty old SOB, cracking jokes, drinking beer, and flirting with the ladies, and that makes Shock'n Y'All a fun, rough, rowdy album that wins you over despite your better impulses.
  2. Missteps like the hair-band guitar riffs in ''Whiskey Girl'' or the goofball testosterone of ''Sweet'' hinder the CD a bit.
  3. 40
    Keith has a gift for wrapping angry thoughts in man-of-the-people plain-speak, with a Lynyrd Skynyrd-meet-Jimmy Buffett friendliness. But underneath, there's often a set of mean cliches. [Dec 2003, p.138]
  4. If he approached these songs with the slightest hint of subtlety, he might get his point across, but he's happy just hammering everyone with his trailer-park politics.
  5. The hilariously blasphemous Jesus number, '80s-AOR-chorded tough-girl ode, Margaritaville-calypsoed frat-band lookback, and outlaw drawler about Willie's deadly herb all movingly balance muscle with vulnerability.
  6. It’s hard to remember that he once wrote well-crafted ballads of romantic infatuation.
  7. While, lyrically, Keith's material aims for the lowest common denominator, even songs like the shameless arena-rock ballad "American Soldier," are a pleasant change from Nashville's typical assembly line product.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. PhilM
    Dec 17, 2005
    10
    Once again Toby comes through with a great mix of music. Love it!
  2. SamD
    Oct 11, 2005
    0
    Wow more crappy "music" from a sexist redneck
  3. AWapcaplet
    Sep 14, 2004
    0
    A fecal tornado.