Defying Gravity

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Defying Gravity

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

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Record Label: CD
Brand: Anderson
Performer: Keith Urban
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.38 x 5.02 x 5.94 Inches
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"DEFYING GRAVITY" EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS!!!!!!!!
4/2/2009

Customer review by THEMONKEYURBANIZER

5.0 stars 4/2/2009 by THEMONKEYURBANIZER
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WHEN I BOUGHT KEITH URBAN'S NEW ALBUM "DEFYING GRAVITY", I ALREADY KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT...I MEAN, IT'S KEITH URBAN, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!! BOY, WHEN I, THOROUGHLY LISTENED TO THE ALBUM, IT JUST BLEW MY MIND AWAY, HE JUST BLEW MY MIND COMPLETELY AWAY, I JUST COULDN'T SPEAK AFTERWARDS, IN SUCH INDESCRIBABLE "AWE", LIKE NONE OTHER~~BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL ALBUM AND ALBUM ARTWORK, BY MR. KEITH URBAN!!!!!!!!!!!! THE FRONT OF THE ALBUM HAS BEAUTIFUL COVER ART, BEAUTIFUL TITLE "DEFYING GRAVITY", AND BEAUTIFUL DESIGN!!!!!!! THE INSIDE OF THE ALBUM HAS A BEAUTIFUL CD JACKET, COMPLETE WITH WONDERFUL LYRIC PAGES, "THANK YOU" NOTES, AND SUCH!!!!! THE BACK OF THE ALBUM HAS 11 GLORIOUS, BALLAD, UPBEAT SONGS, THAT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF, & A GORGEOUS PICTURE OF KEITH URBAN HIMSELF!!!!! EVERYONE, PLEASE GO OUT AND BUY THIS ALBUM, KEITH URBAN'S NEW ALBUM, "DEFYING GRAVITY", TODAY, AND LISTEN TO IT~~YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED, ONE LITTLE BIT, AND YOU WILL BE DEFYING GRAVITY ALL THE WAY TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!!!!!!!

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Keith Urban CD
7/5/2009

Customer review by 1Trinity1

5.0 stars 7/5/2009 by 1Trinity1
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Gefying Gravity with Keith Urban is incredible. If you don't care at all for country, Keith Urban Rocks. His music, lyrics everything will knock your socks off. Although he is a country singer and I am into country music, he will definatley keep you listining!!!! Once I purchased Keith Urban's CD I found myself non stop listening to it. I promise you will too. Plus I bought it at Walmart and I found they were the lowest price store for this CD and any other CD's I looked at.

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If you don't already have this, you're missing out
10/17/2009

Customer review by KeithUrbanGirl88

5.0 stars 10/17/2009 by KeithUrbanGirl88
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If you haven't already gotten a copy of Defying Gravity, you are DEFINITELY missing out! You've probably heard Sweet Thing, Kiss A Girl, Only You Can Love Me This Way, and maybe even his latest single, Hit The Ground Runnin - the rest of the songs on this album are just as amazing! You have to check this out. If you aren't sure, just look up Keith's music video for Only You Can Love Me This Way or Hit The Ground Runnin and you will see how amazing he really is live! This is a MUST HAVE!!

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Keith Urban = Genius
10/5/2009

Customer review by inlovewithKU

5.0 stars 10/5/2009 by inlovewithKU
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Keith Urban keeps getting better and better with each album release, and Defying Gravity is definitely my favorite. Just by listening to it, you can feel how Keith felt when he wrote and sang these songs, and you can feel the happiness. This record seriously breathes happiness. His skills are so amazing, no one can hold anything to him. If you're interested in great guitar playing then this man and this album (or anything from Keith for that matter) is a great choice. If you're looking for an uplifting and amazing album then Defying Gravity is definitely your choice. You'll fall in love with it the second it starts to play. :)

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Keith Does It Again!
8/31/2009

Customer review by myeverythingKU

5.0 stars 8/31/2009 by myeverythingKU
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Keith just keeps getting better and better! Every single album is a new and wonderful record. Defying Gravity is his best yet! I could see every single song on there becoming a hit, they are all so catchy and upbeat. The lyrics are awesome and the guitar is always at it's best. You can tell how happy Keith is right now in his life with this album. It is full of nothing but love and joy. I honestly do not think there is one bad thing about this album! This CD has been in my player since it came out. I don't think I will ever get sick of it! Way to go Keith, on another amazing CD!!!

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