Defying Gravity

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Track Listings

1. Listen Kiss a Girl
2. Listen If I Could Ever Love
3. Listen Sweet Thing
4. Listen 'Til Summer Comes Around
5. Listen My Heart Is Open
6. Listen Hit the Ground Runnin'
7. Listen Only You Can Love Me This Way
8. Listen Standing Right in Front of You
9. Listen Why's It Feel So Long
10. Listen I'm In
11. Listen Thank You

About the Album

Keith Urban's fourth album, Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing, was released literally days after he entered an alcohol treatment center to treat his disease. The album was issued, debuted in the top spot in the Billboard country charts, scored four hit singles, and eventually went double platinum. What's so remarkable about this is that Urban's rehabilitation regimen didn't allow him to tour for months after the disc's release, potentially hurting sales. It didn't happen. Urban's now trademark meld of country, pop, and rock & roll connects deeply with fans and they are nothing if not loyal. Defying Gravity is his fifth studio release, and in many ways it simultaneously builds on its predecessor while standing apart from it completely. Certainly, there are similarities in sound and approach: Urban once again worked with Dan Huff to co-produce the set, and his now signature manner of layering everything from strings and drum machines to taut, sheeny electric guitars playing power chords, banjos, pedal steel, and crunchy, crisp drums is a sound that belongs to him alone. The other is that this album is unapologetically one of redemption tomes colored as love songs in various shades and tempos -- though none of them are heartbreak songs. He co-wrote eight of Defying Gravity's 11 songs, and arranged all of them.

That said, this time out Capitol throws everything into the ring by issuing a pair of leadoff singles in the tight little rocker "Kiss a Girl" and the shimmering, reverb-laden guitar workout "Sweet Thing," which is disguised as a midtempo power ballad. Both are 21st century equivalents of rock & roll love songs that echo everyone from Tom Petty to Greg Kihn and even Dwight Twilley -- though this is clearly not conscious. As radio tracks, they are smart picks, especially with the clever guitar and banjo interplay -- Urban has transformed the role of the backwoods and in-the-hills instrument into a respectable part of the rock & roll toolbox. There are some proper ballads on the disc as well, such as the haunting, nocturnal, and dreamily textured "The Summer Comes Around," his nakedly emotional paean to wife Nicole Kidman ("Thank You") that closes the set, and the shuffling "Only You Can Love Me This Way." The skittering drum loop that undergirds the guitar and Rolling Stones-esque "doo-doo" chorus in "I'm In" makes it an excellent choice for a fourth single, and the clipped pedal steel, distorted electric guitars careening in the bridge, and shuffling hi-hat and snare make the finger-popping "Why It Feels So Long" feel like a contemporary country take on of one of Bruce Springsteen's boulevard songs, or John Mellencamp's "Cherry Bomb." In sum, Defying Gravity builds on the skill set that gave listeners Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing and takes it further, seamlessly combining hook-laden crafty songwriting with a pop sensibility in the modern country vernacular that blazes a new trail and underscores Duke Ellington's dictum that there are only two kinds of music: good and bad. This is a shining case in point for the former. ~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
Artist: Keith Urban
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.21
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.38 x 5.02 x 5.94
UPC: 0509992357512

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5★ by 34reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Love The Cd!! Keith Urban writes like he feels and sings like he is singing just for you. Keith has a song everyone can relate to which really touches your heart and soul I would rate the song to everyone even if you have never listened to Keith before. BUY THIS CD!!! 04/02/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Monkeys rule Heck yes! Keith did it again! These songs are beautiful and original. Exactly what we all expected from him! Its definitely a cd you will listen to time and time again. He has really scored some hits here! 05/01/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by inspirarional and uplifting. i got this cd on 4/2 and love every song. some of the songs directly relate to me. i love playing the guitar and keith urban first inspired me when watched his awesome guitar work on the solos of "Raining on Sunday" and "Somebody Like You". i started learning alot of hism acoustic songs and then got my first electric guitar and started learning his other songs as well. this cd though is just that much more impressive. 04/04/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by the best album yet! this is a must have for ALL keith urban fans, and country music fans. from start 2 finish it is a GREAT album!! 04/04/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Nice collection of songs Good mix of songs in one CD. Love the "Kiss a girl"... good beat...."Sweet thing" is sweet.. A must add on your Keith Urban collection. 02/10/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Awesome! If you like great, rockin' country music and songs that make you feel good, this CD is for you. I love the whole thing and Keith delivers as always. Talented performer and artist. Everyone should own this CD. 04/06/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A nice collection of love songs. My new boyfriend is a country-western fan and I am not. I am trying to bend for him. This CD is very enjoyable and is easy to listen to (and sing along to). This is one that we can agree on. Anything to make the 'ol man happy! LOL! 12/29/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A+++++++ This cd is AMAZING!!!! I just can’t take it out of my cd player. From start to finish it’s great. Keith’s writing on this CD is amazing, “Thank You” will give you chills, and it did me. I knew when I bought this cd it was gonna be great but it has way passed my expectations. This is defiantly the CD of the year that you must have in your collections. 04/07/2009
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