The bestselling album of Toby Keith’s career is also one of the definitive works of ‘00s country. For the rest of his life, Keith will be associated with “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” which became a channel for the mix of belligerence and pride that many Americans felt in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The song is jingoistic — its designs are obvious, and intentional — but as a fist-pumping, chest-puffing anthem, it's incredibly effective. It applies redneck justice to a complex international crisis, but Keith wasn’t proposing a solution to the world’s problems — he simply voiced what he and millions of others were feeling. The rest of Unleashed isn’t nearly as in-your-face. “Huckleberry” and “Rock You Baby” are earnest declarations of love from a man who doesn’t get enough credit for his sensitive side. While the Willie Nelson duet “Beer for My Horses” is good, silly fun, “It’s All Good” offers the flipside to “The Angry American.” The song describes the solace small pleasures can offer in a world that often appears lost to chaos.
Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)
Who's Your Daddy?
Good to Go to Mexico
It's All Good
Beer for My Horses (feat. Willie Nelson)
Losing My Touch
It Works for Me
Ain't It Just Like You
Rock You Baby
That's Not How It Is
Live Introduction by Toby Keith of "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)"
13 SONGS, 44 MINUTES
JANUARY 1, 2002
℗ 2002 SKG MUSIC NASHVILLE LLC/DREAMWORKS RECORDS NASHVILLE