Defying Gravity

  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Mar 31, 2009
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 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.
  2. Good thing Urban has a gift for making radio-baiting hooks and production feel enthusiastically fresh, whether he's cribbing an intro from the New Radicals' 'You Get What You Give' on 'Standing Right in Front of You,' borrowing Kenny Chesney's beachcomber vibe for 'Why's It Feel So Long,' or ripping himself off left and right with just about everything else.
  3. Urban hardly rests on his laurels on Defying Gravity, trying some interesting new directions.
  4. Keith Urban's music and the themes that fill it rarely stray from predictable territory, but his pop-friendly country constructs are fueled by outsized charisma that keep them consistently above the pack.
  5. The album, co-produced by Urban and Dann Huff, has a smooth, lush sound that fits the material like a well-tailored suit.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. barryg
    May 11, 2009
    9
    rolling stone also never gave led zeppelin any good reviews either we know how that turned out.The album has something for everyone well done rolling stone also never gave led zeppelin any good reviews either we know how that turned out.The album has something for everyone well done from a caring gifted musician and songwriter.Well done and worth the wait. Full Review »
  2. LindaD
    May 8, 2009
    10
    I love this whole CD. It shows Keith raw emotion. He is truly in a great place right now and it is nice to have touching music. I love Hit I love this whole CD. It shows Keith raw emotion. He is truly in a great place right now and it is nice to have touching music. I love Hit the Ground Running, and Thank You. Can't wait for them to become singles. Great Job Keith.... Full Review »
  3. RonL
    Apr 12, 2009
    8
    Solid album by Keith. He's an extremely talented musician and continues his path outside of the country genre. Defying Gravity Solid album by Keith. He's an extremely talented musician and continues his path outside of the country genre. Defying Gravity encompasses many different musical styles without sacrificing his own sound. The luscious guitar on "'Til Summer Comes Around" and the rollicking "Hit the Ground Runnin" are two of my favorites here. Keith proves in this album that if you don't have to play a lot of notes if you only play the right ones. Full Review »