What Gretchen Wilson proclaimed clearly on 2004 breakout single "Redneck Woman," she's communicated implicitly ever since: Being a badass down-home country gal is something to be proud of, not poked fun at.

What Gretchen Wilson proclaimed clearly on 2004 breakout single "Redneck Woman," she's communicated implicitly ever since: Being a badass down-home country gal is something to be proud of, not poked fun at.

Wilson's juke-joint anthems align her directly with no-nonsense Middle Americans, and she doesn't mince words. Songs like "Work Hard, Play Harder" and "California Girls" ("That Paris Hilton gets under my skin, with her big fake smile and her painted-on tan") are unencumbered by irony or symbolism.

For those who can't identify with Wilson's target demo, enjoyment of the tunes depends on how much you dig standard-issue Nashville country pop. But if you're into that stuff, surely you've already got a stance on Wilson.