Defying Gravity - Keith Urban
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  • Summary: The latest album for the New Zealand-born country singer was produced with Dann Huff.
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  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. Urban hardly rests on his laurels on Defying Gravity, trying some interesting new directions.
  3. 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.
  4. The album, co-produced by Urban and Dann Huff, has a smooth, lush sound that fits the material like a well-tailored suit.
  5. 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.
  6. So much of the album feels so deliberately tasteful and conservative. Defying Gravity barely gets off the ground.
  7. Keith Urban plays it so safe on Defying Gravity, you'd think he got a musical lobotomy when he went to rehab.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. CathyF
    Mar 31, 2009
    10
    This is a GREAT cd! I can't get enough of it. I especially love "Thank You" which is a great song!
  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 the Ground Running, and Thank You. Can't wait for them to become singles. Great Job Keith.... Expand
  3. KatyJ
    Mar 31, 2009
    10
    Great album. It's mostly upbeat and melodic yet has some achingly beautiful songs such a Till Summer Comes Around and Thank You. Keith is a master with the guitar and his voice compliments it well. Expand
  4. catheym.
    Apr 7, 2009
    10
    I love this new music. he never ceases to amaze me with the care he puts into song choices. from fun and silly "kiss a girl" to the haunting guitar in "til summer comes around" and the love for his wife that oozes from "thank you". such a personal view of where he is in life right now. love you keith and love this cd. good job..again!! Expand
  5. KatieM.
    Apr 8, 2009
    10
    If this is what Rolling Stone calls Keith Urban's lobotomy...I'd love to hear what they have to say about Kenny Chesney's last album! Just another example of the fact that Urban's talent is head over heels over anything else out there. ("Thank You" - will get to you..even if you have no heart!) Expand
  6. 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 from a caring gifted musician and songwriter.Well done and worth the wait. Collapse
  7. PatrickS.
    Apr 5, 2009
    5
    Nothing standing out except sweet thing and I didn't like that song when I first heard it, a bit of a disappointment. Come on Keith, give us something better! Expand

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