Keith Urban – Love, Pain & The
Whole Crazy Thing
by H.notes Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
To say that this was one of the most anticipated CDs in the recent
music history (not talking about country music only) – is pretty
accurate, isn’t it? After all, it was to be released after the
immensely successful Be Here , a Grammy and numerous country
music awards: a glamorous marriage to a Hollywood royalty and the
highest debuting country single ever on the mainstream Billboard chart (Once
In A Lifetime at No.3).
A lot of to live up to and a lot of to make up for (his relapse into
substance abuse and checking into rehab practically on the eve of the
album release). And my personal beef - I LOVE Nicole Kidman.
I got this CD on the day of its Australian release – a personal honour
reserved for Hanson and Matchbox Twenty only so far. And I can tell you
straight away. Keith live up and made up in my book.
This is a very diverse and beautifully produced album. It brings us the
rocking Faster Car; the passionate and self loathing Stupid
Boy and beautifully sung I Can’t Stop Loving You. The last
one is a Billy Nichols cover.
We have pure pop (Once In A Lifetime) and pure country (I
Told You So and God Made A Woman) and the rest are in
between – in the very unique Keith Urban pop/rock country style. The
only cringe worthy song for me is Tu Compania - Keith
collaboration with Ritchie Dunn. Especially the female reciting voice
at the end; but that is the only one so when I skip it, it doesn’t
spoil the general feel of the album at all.
Urban produced or co-produced and wrote or co-wrote all the original
songs except God Made a Woman and Stupid Boy. The fact
that he didn’t write the last one really surprised me because I could
have sworn that it was his self-confession after relapsing into
alcoholism. Which brings me to:
Lyrically – this is romantic stuff (of the “love reigns” type of thing)
with melancholic twists here and there. But Keith IS country after all
and it doesn’t bother me one bit. Lyrics are not that important to me.
What’s most important to me is that he absolutely rocks. And plays some
mean axe. Wow!
1.Once in a Lifetime
3.I Told You So
4.I Can't Stop Loving You
5.Won't Let You Down
8.Used to the Pain
9.Raise the Barn
10.God Made Woman
13.Got It Right This Time