Keith Urban - Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing

2007-02-06 10:09
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Whether narcs or Nicole put his pretty face on the map, humility and honesty will keep this star rocking. This album demonstrates how surface beauty creates prejudice and musical beauty changes minds. At first, its big-budget, fashion-shoot cover design and easy-listening honky sounds got it a rating of two. But beyond a slick veneer, the album reveals depth.

With a string of hits, and recognition as a home-grown southern star behind him, the Aussie co-produced this album alongside the respected Dann Huff. The result is an easy listening, soft-core country compilation that leaves no tone unstirred. The musically solved, more-pop-than-rock tracks cover a range of emotion in a finely composed, heartfelt onslaught of "Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing". His records aim at having "an ebb and flow, that you can listen to from top to bottom and that take you on a journey." This one hits home, and for a foreign lad, home is where the heart is.

His textured and emotional voice tempered by economical grunts and growls are sure to get the girls going. Happy hoops and almost indigenous warbles keep the sounds crisply country. Keith's rich voice could carry him into the hit list by itself, but constant accompaniment of near-symphonic instrumentals tends to tire – pace yourself. Four tracks at a time is tops for optimum enjoyment. ‘Shine’ is a winner; a hopeful ballad about triumph of love sung with a broken but unsullied heart. Its self-deprecation avoids self-involvement in a touching and definitively Urban manner. He's no dumb blonde, either. While generally qualifying in places as (choice) chocolate box sentiment, his lyrics are startling in their insightful perceptions of simple truths and beauties. "I love your pretty eyes and the lies they never tell" is a compliment waiting to happen. "When God made woman / He must've been proud / Yeah He must’ve been cryin’ or laughin out loud" refrains from being overly romantic, and "It gets better everyday once you get used to the pain" offers comfort without illusions.

This pretty Aussie’s southern twang and penchant for Spanish sampling is proof that music has no nationality, and Country has no borders. Hollywood must be rubbing off on Mr. Kidman in the right way; he’s creating great movie music. It’s a good soundtrack for the more whimsical takes in your personal romantic drama.

- Jess Henson
Between bagging A Hollywood beauty and bouts of recovery in expensive clinics, Keith Urban seems to have enough to sing about.

Vanessa Echardt 2007/02/06 7:27 AM
Keith Urban rocks Being a country fan I firmly believe Keith Urban is going places. Do not do him an injustice by calling him Mr Kidman. His has made a name for himself, he does not need her for that, although they do compliment each other. I think I will definatly be buying more of KU cds and I have already ordered his live DVD. Love him.
Mary Carstens 2007/02/06 1:41 PM
Keith rocks Great artist - got his first album day after Iheard it on TV
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