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  • Summary: The Australian country singer (who also doubles as Nicole Kidman's husband) wrote all or part of 10 of the 13 songs on this fourth solo album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. The man writes honest, beautifully crafted songs that are adult enough to ponder, tough enough to rock, and tender enough to pull -- not tug -- on the heartstrings.
  2. [It] rocks harder and is more diverse than its three predecessors. [18 Nov 2006]
  3. His lyrics may be doggedly unspecific, but ear-worming hooks and top-shelf instrumentation largely rectify that shortcoming.
  4. This is a well-made and slightly unpredictable album. [6 Nov 2006]
  5. As a player, his bold, midrange-heavy tone complements his most nuanced vocal performances.
  6. Like [Phil] Collins, Urban is a true pro who makes crisp, seamlessly performed, expertly produced records -- and like Collins, Urban is a bit blah.
  7. As a country album, a pop album, or something in between, Love, Pain, & The Whole Thing is simply bad.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 3 out of 16