Toby Keith Gets Worried When Critics Praise Albums Like “Drinks After Work”

“Maybe they’re just giving me a break ’cause I’m getting older,” he says.

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Toby Keith knows that in the past, the worse the review, the better the album sales.

So he got nervous when he was told some major media outlets gave the thumbs-up to his new album, Drinks After Work.

"Everybody got worried," Toby told reporters, laughing, on Tuesday (Oct. 29). "It was just crazy. We better go back and try again. You know, if I'm not rubbing somebody the wrong way, it's usually not a good sign."

Toby has two theories about the good reviews: "Maybe they're just giving me a break 'cause I'm getting older.  I don't know. Maybe they just got tired of me giving them the finger."

Toby says he himself hasn't read a review in 11 or 12 years.

"I've always thought, you know, I don't need anybody to tell me this is a great album. It doesn't do me a bit of good for somebody to say, 'This is great,'" he said.

"It also is not, 90 percent of the time, it's not productive to hear agenda-driven criticism."

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