Written by Toby Keith and Bobby Pinson
A haunting, evocative album closer that I can’t believe is being sent to radio, “Beautiful Stranger” showcases Toby Keith’s often overlooked talents as a vocalist and as a songwriter.
It’s drenched in melancholy, but is still the most romantic thing Keith has done in a very long time. It’s a love song for a rocky marriage, where husband and wife rediscover each other after too much emotional space has developed between them.
“Beautiful Stranger” is an insightful framework to use for such a rediscovery, and also works with Keith’s soaring vocal performance, which is a beautiful rediscovery in its own right. It’s the first time in years that I’ve heard him drop all of his bravado and be flat-out vulnerable. It’s a revelation.
And just for those keeping track, this is the fourth song released from a ten song album, and so far, all four have been worth listening to.
Check out Toby Keith again, y’all. He’s on fire.