13 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Keith Urban takes country out of its comfort zone with Pitbull and Nile Rodgers. The New Zealand-born singer/songwriter has always pushed the genre’s limits—his 2013 album, Fuse, was inspired by Fall Out Boy and Madonna—but Ripcord is next-level experimentation, mixing backyard banjos, club synths, and classic rock power chords à la Guns N’ Roses. Genre-jumping doesn’t always fly in country music, but Urban and a crew of veteran producers keep it from feeling forced or inauthentic. Instead, it sounds like a mega-star testing himself after 25 years in the industry. “I won’t live with regret,” he sings on “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)," an ode to his father who died in 2015. “Carpe Diem is the secret.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Keith Urban takes country out of its comfort zone with Pitbull and Nile Rodgers. The New Zealand-born singer/songwriter has always pushed the genre’s limits—his 2013 album, Fuse, was inspired by Fall Out Boy and Madonna—but Ripcord is next-level experimentation, mixing backyard banjos, club synths, and classic rock power chords à la Guns N’ Roses. Genre-jumping doesn’t always fly in country music, but Urban and a crew of veteran producers keep it from feeling forced or inauthentic. Instead, it sounds like a mega-star testing himself after 25 years in the industry. “I won’t live with regret,” he sings on “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)," an ode to his father who died in 2015. “Carpe Diem is the secret.”

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