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35 Greatest Hits
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that these 35 mega-hits are so familiar to country-music fans that there will be no surprises. As far as lyrics go, songs like "A Woman's Touch" and "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This" manage to be a little sexy without crossing any explicit lines. Others ("Get Drunk and Be Somebody" and "I Love This Bar") are beer-fueled celebrations of small-town nightlife, delivered with a wink, a bad-boy smile, and Toby Keith's ever-present sense of fun. There's also a politically conservative take on world events.
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What's the story?
Toby Keith is his usual charming self on this generous collection of 35 hits. Fans familiar with his slick modern country sound will enjoy having all these songs in one place (along with a selection of intense, brooding photos), and those discovering Toby Keith for the fist time will find these two CDs to be a great introduction, as they covers most of the high points of a successful career.
Is it any good?
Content is familiar and predictable: The sexy songs (even "Dream Walkin'," about a one-night stand and "Getcha Some," about raging young hormones) are handled with winking innuendo. The beer-soaked anthems ("I Love This Bar," etc.) are more explicit and celebratory of small-town party life. The most controversial messages here, though, are political. "Courtesy of the Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)," a 2002 hit written in the wake of 9/11, may either strike a deep chord or seem cloying and sensationalist. Your mileage will vary along the lines of your politics.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about "How Do You Like Me Now?," a song that describes a high school loser making it big in the world and coming back to taunt the girl he used to have a crush on. Do you ever have fantasies of future success? Do you think it would be fun to come back and show 'em all?