Toby Keith is one of the best ballad singers that country music has ever produced, and he’s at his best when he’s communicating melancholy regret. He sings the hell out of “She Never Cried in Front of Me”, and it’s a song worthy of his efforts.
This one’s a lot more Bon Jovi than it is Merle Haggard, further proof that country music has co-opted the sonic window dressing of eighties arena rock. The guitars are a bit too much in the chorus, getting in the way of Keith’s vocal, but otherwise, this is a top-notch single.
Listen: She Never Cried in Front of Me