Toby Keith, “High Maintenance Woman”

Sure, the plotline is ripped off from the cheesy Aaron Tippin video “That’s as Close as I’ll Get to Loving You”, and it features a jaw-droppingly tacky double entendre about having all the right tools, but screw it, this is a fantastic single. Keith is producing himself for the first time, and he sounds less like a product and more like a hungry artist than he has in years.

The song is well-written and his performance is top-notch. He’s always best when he mixes confidence with a bit of humility, and he never comes close to the arrogant Toby that was such an overbearing part of his persona a few years back. More like this, please.

Grade: A-

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