Shock'n Y'All

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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Blender
    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]
  6. 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.
  7. It’s hard to remember that he once wrote well-crafted ballads of romantic infatuation.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 26 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.