Donna J. Pelts | Memphis, TN USA | 06/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A must for Keith Urban fans. One of his earlier CDs. He just gets better and better."
Great Mix of Country, Pop, Folk, and Rock.
Carlisle Wheeling | The Land of Single By Choice | 05/31/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, I'm sure some people hated my review of "Love, Pain, and Nikki K. Makes Me Vomit Out My Can." That's because I simply feel if an artist is going to fit neatly into a genre, he should at least do so in a vaguely recognizable way. Any-whoo, the Ammy reviewer's post up above is full of the opposite end of shinola, and I don't consider Keith much of a country artist anyway. To be fair, I don't consider most of the country artists country these days (The Van Zandt brothers getting airplay? What's THAT?).
This is a good introduction to the world for Keith's brand of southern flavored pop--best description--and if you take it as such, you will be in for far less disappointment. Want something far superior? Buy the Australian debut or The Ranch, but this is quite good.
"It's a Love Thing" is a great, toe tapping opener with an irresistible hook. "But for the Grace of God" won me over the first time I heard it. It's sweet appeal is just too much for any true female to bear (so I'm a woman who likes romanticism--shoot me!) "Wanna Be Your Man (Forever)" is good Cajun fun, particularly those cute lyrics "You're such a pretty little thing, wanna put a wedding ring on your finger." Great singer-songwriter folk pop sensibilities on "If You Wanna Stay, and "Out on My Own" is a wonderfully crafted, guitar driven slice of autobiographical artistry. "Rollercoaster" is no "Clutterbilly," but you can't have everything. The piece de resistance is the closing track, "I Thought You Knew," hauntingly beautiful and painful at once--perhaps for personal reasons on my part--but it gets to me everytime.
True, this is not Urban's best album, but if you're a newcomer, it's one heck of a way to start. The variety here makes it worth the while, not to mention what a great guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist he can be without some "angel" hanging over his head."