I’ve made no secret of long-running appreciation and devotion to Keith Urban. This isn’t news to anyone…however, I recently got the chance to finally dig into the new record, Defying Gravity. So I figured I’d share the (LIST) that’s been running through my head as I’ve listened to it.
- You think whenever Keith Urban shouts that high “whoo” during the guitar breaks he’s really saying I-AM-AMAZED-BY-MY-AWESOMENESS? ‘Cause I am. That guy should be shouting. Because he’s awesome.
- This guy writes great songs. But he also benefits from some of the coolest production quality around. Keith Urban records are headphone albums…you gotta’ get all up in the Kool-Aid to appreciate their complexity.
- Related…good production helps to cover some of Urban’s redundancy. On this album alone there are two songs w/ the same guitar riff. Good production and a one-note change can work wonders.
- There’s a quality to Urban’s music that is somehow missing in worship music. I’m not sure what it is…Urban’s music is powerfully emotive, his melodies are really unique and there’s always a broad range of influences in his songs. I wonder if a worship team could benefit from Urban’s work without being too derivative.
- There’s a guitar solo on this record that would make Lincoln Brewster cry.