CD Review: Keith Urban – “Defying Gravity”

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This review was originally written by Jose Bernardo for between 2008 and 2010.

These were Jose’s first impressions of the songs and were not written after multiple spins.

Artist : Keith Urban
Album : Defying Gravity (2009 Capitol Nashville)
Tracks : 11

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This is country superstar Keith Urban’s fifth studio album. I’m not at all familiar with Urban’s previous work as I sit down to listen to this album. It turns out that he’s an incredible guitar player and has been making music for a long time. In Nashville fashion, the musicianship is very good. However, I felt that some of the album was forced or penned very craftily.

On the whole, it’s a nice album, but it wouldn’t be on my “go to” record list.


Kiss A Girl, Hit The Ground Running, Standing Right In Front Of You


Track 1 – Kiss A Girl
Cute track. It sits well as a pop track and modern country track. The chorus is catchy. Good opening track. 

Track 2 – If Ever I Could Love
This has a balladesque feel to it but it isn’t that slow. I couldn’t really connect to this track, it had a bit too much going on. At times it felt like there were world music influences, then it was modern country. A ballad to start with then a straight ahead pop song.

Track 3 – Sweet Thing
Modern country. I don’t know why I didn’t connect with this song either. It has the makings of doing well on radio though. 

Track 4 – Til Summer Comes Around
This one sounds like a modern pop ballad and not so much Nashville. This bored me. 

Track 5 –  My Heart Is Open
This one’s a mid tempo track. Has ballad like qualities. Didn’t dig it. Very formulaic.

Track 6 – Hit The Ground Running 
Mixing up the old country and modern country in an up tempo track with a rock feel. Great energy and groove! 

Track 7 – Only You Can Love Me This Way
A cross-over ballad. Adult contemporary, modern pop, modern country. It fits in the album. Nice vocals and melody. I just didn’t dig this particular offering of this style. 

Track 8 – Standing Right In Front Of You
Nice track. I liked the chorus a lot. Nice arrangement. 

Track 9 – Why’s It Feel So Long
Cute song. Really repetitive in an annoying way. I bet this will be the one track that will get stuck in my head from listening to this album. 

Track 10 – I’m In
Generic, but not bad. 

Track 11 – Thank You
This track is obviously personal; however, I found it to be weak and boring. 

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Posted in CD Reviews, The Weekly Riff (2008-2010) Reprinted.