Picks and Pans Review: Toby Keith

updated 11/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy |

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Toby Keith, who scored a No. 1 hit with 2002's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," opts not to join the current political discussion on his latest effort. Instead, he delivers on sexy rockers and earnest ballads. Songs like "Creole Woman," about a steamy hookup with a Cajun queen, and the first single, "She Never Cried in Front of Me," a rueful reflection on a lost love, make this one of the strongest albums of Keith's career.

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