Hope on the Rocks

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Hope on the Rocks
Studio album by Toby Keith
Released October 30, 2012 (2012-10-30)
Genre Country
Length 31:33
Label Show Dog-Universal Music
Producer Toby Keith
Toby Keith chronology
Clancy's Tavern
Hope on the Rocks
Drinks After Work
Singles from Hope on the Rocks
  1. "I Like Girls That Drink Beer"
    Released: July 30, 2012
  2. "Hope on the Rocks"
    Released: November 5, 2012

Hope on the Rocks is the sixteenth studio album by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released on October 30, 2012 via Show Dog-Universal Music.[1] The first single is "I Like Girls That Drink Beer".[2] The album's second single is its title track. As of October 2013, the album has sold 300,000 copies in the US.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (71/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
American Songwriter 3/5 stars[5]
Country Weekly 4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[7]
Music Is My Oxygen Weekly 3.5/5 stars[8]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[9]
Taste of Country 2/5 stars[10]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[11]

Hope on the Rocks by Toby Keith received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns an averaged score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 71, based on 5 reviews.[3] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the effort "a satisfying set of strong songs."[4] Jewly Hight of American Songwriter highlighted that "Beer and partying once again play starring roles on Hope On The Rocks", but Hight wrote that it "comes off as rather objectifying."[5] Joseph Hudak of Country Weekly stated that this album showed "maturity" over Keith's past works.[6][12] Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times surmised that "Keith has clearly become a skilled listener, a vital trait for any songwriter — or bartender."[7] Music Is My Oxygen Weekly's Rob Burkhardt found that "Taken together, Hope On the Rocks, while perhaps a tad predictable, still contains the basic building blocks that have helped Toby Keith achieve the success he has today: not just the celebration of booze, but the making of great music, as well."[8] Roughstock's Matt Bjorke wrote that "Hope On The Rocks is a lean 10 track collection and for my money, it's a great mixture of classic Toby Keith sounds", which the album seems "never over-produced or feeling like a record that was made to just be a couple radio singles and filler", and he called it a "cohesive album and ranks right up there with Toby's best."[9] Taste of Country's Billy Dukes criticized Hope on the Rocks as "a loud and sudsy collection of songs about beer, barrooms, heartbreak… and beer. Much like a Saturday night out at your favorite watering hole, it’s rowdy and fun, but difficult to remember the next morning."[10] Brian Mansfield of the USA Today found that "Most of Keith's latest is a brawny drinker's paradise of horndogs, truckers and whiskey-running outlaws. But those shouldn't distract from its brooding country-pop, especially when Keith flaunts his inner Orbison on the title track."[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hope on the Rocks"   Toby Keith 3:39
2. "The Size I Wear"   Keith, Rivers Rutherford 3:00
3. "Scat Cat"   Keith, Rutherford 2:55
4. "I Like Girls That Drink Beer"   Keith, Bobby Pinson 2:47
5. "Get Got"   Keith, Pinson 3:45
6. "Haven't Had a Drink All Day"   Keith, Pinson 2:33
7. "Haven't Seen the Last of You"   Keith, Pinson 3:16
8. "Cold Beer Country"   Keith, Pinson, Marc Fortney 3:15
9. "Missed You Just Right"   Keith, Pinson 3:39
10. "You Ain't Alone"   Keith, Scotty Emerick 2:44
Total length:

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2012) Peak
US Billboard 200[13] 6
US Billboard Top Country Albums[13] 3


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay
BU Hot 100
CAN Country
2012 "I Like Girls That Drink Beer" 18 17 2 86
"Hope on the Rocks" 29 18 13 40
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (2012) Position
US Billboard Top Country Albums[16] 62


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  2. ^ McDonnell, Brandy (July 23, 2012). "Toby Keith to release "I Like Girls That Drink Beer," first single from upcoming album, Tuesday". The Oklahoman. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Metacritic (October 30, 2012). "Critic Reviews for Hope on the Rocks". CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (November 13, 2012). "Hope on the Rocks - Toby Keith : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Hight, Jewly (November 6, 2012). "Toby Keith: Hope On The Rocks". American Songwriter. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Hudak, Joseph (October 29, 2012). "Reviews". Country Weekly 19 (44): 50. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  7. ^ a b Lewis, Randy (October 30, 2012). "Review: Toby Keith finds wisdom at the watering hole". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Burkhardt, Rob (October 30, 2012). "Toby Keith "Hope On the Rocks": Album Review". Music Is My Oxygen Weekly. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (October 30, 2012). "Album Review: Toby Keith - Hope On The Rocks". Roughstock. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (November 5, 2012). "Toby Keith, 'Hope on the Rocks' – Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (October 29, 2012). "Listen Up: Toby Keith, Meek Mill, Calvin Harris". USA Today. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Hudak, Joseph (October 29, 2012). "Hope on the Rocks by Toby Keith". Country Weekly. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Chart listing for Hope on the Rocks". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Toby Keith Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Toby Keith Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Best of 2012 - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-09.