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Album Review: “Defying Gravity” by Keith Urban

April 2, 2009

Defying Gravity cover

3.5 Stars

Keith Urban may very well be a perfect artist. He has every quality that is needed to make up what many believe to be the ultimate figure in music as shown through his first batch of albums that have, for the most part, all been critical and marketable successes. His most recent album, however, is not as perfected, but it still manages to do justice to the man and the majesty that is Keith Urban.

Urban’s new project Defying Gravity may not be the shining and glimmering collection of masterpieces his fans and the critics are accustomed to, but that doesn’t make it a horrible album. In fact the negative aspects of this project are actually an interesting wake up call, humanizing Urban to a point where we realize, for the first time in a while, that behind the fame and glory there is simply a man of many musical talents who just wants to be heard.

This album offers pretty much everything fans love from Keith. Highlighted guitar playing, massive vocal range and intense moments of emotional control and fluidity help bring out the best in every song. However the one aspect of Urban that is relatively flawed throughout the project is his creativity in songwriting. The bulk of the project is based around love or something close to it, which doesn’t really say much for an artist who’s projects usually contain a great variety of concepts. In fact only one song in this album, “Thank You”, could be considered a potential stand out  from the idea of love.

Also considerably degraded is the songwriting itself. Although every song is catchy and memorable, many of them are a little sloppy in their composition which makes the lyrics rather awkward at some points and the story repetitive. That aside this album musically takes the listener on an interesting roller coaster ride. From hard rocking songs like the singles “Kiss A Girl” and “Sweet Thing” to intense tearjerkers like “‘Til Summer Comes Around” or “Only You Can Love Me This Way” this album manages to play with the listeners emotions effectively and keep them wrapped up in the possibility of what’s next.

All in all this album is probably not the shining moment of Keith’s career that everyone had expected, but it’s still a damn good collection of music from an otherwise flawless artist. What this album does present is a fearlessness and a human aspect of Keith that reveals more of the person hidden behind all the fame and glory rather than simply feeding into expectations alone. The songs are still memorable, the project is still addicting, and the emotions and presentation of each song are still top notch, even if the material fails to stand out lyrically as much as what Urban is capable of.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 3, 2009 3:40 am

    I love Keith Urban, but I wouldn’t call anyone a perfect artist, and he has had his share of songs that just aren’t as good as he could be. It is also a stretch to call the songs you mentioned instant tearjerkers. I really like “till Summer Comes Around” but would never think to cry during it, even if is is somber. Not trying to pick on your review,you are a great quality writer, just saying where I disagree.

  2. April 3, 2009 4:22 am

    I understand where you’re coming from, but this was based off my observations as a reviewer. My main problem with the album is actually the lack of variety in the songs more than anything, it’s all too lovey dovey. However what i meant by tearjerkers are songs meant to strum the heartstrings, not actually make you cry as an end.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    December 15, 2009 3:48 am

    HAVE you guys ever seen him live! Hes solos OMG!!! Dude this guy is beyond words, as a musicain i can feel his music no matter what it is. He is better then any band as of right now and for the most part sence music was heard. He even grabs OLDER people for ex. My dad is a big elvis fan and hes a musician also… He once said that keith is better then,hyndrix,marley,elvis pretty much all the greats. I agree and so does over 1million of us just in the south. Atlanta,GA

  4. April 13, 2011 6:11 am

    fantastic advice and sharing,I will buy one this nice socks for me .thanks

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