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Defying Gravity

Keith Urban

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If one didn’t know the year of Keith Urban’s birth, there’s no way one would peg Defying Gravity as the work of a 42-year-old. Urban seems to have more in common with new faces like Taylor Swift than he does with country’s old guard. As with Swift’s hit singles, Urban's tracks “Kiss a Girl,” “I’m In," and “Hit the Ground Runnin’” are rock songs without any of rock music’s attendant dead weight. Urban knows how to stay light on his feet without becoming totally translucent, and unlike many of his peers, he knows how to write fleet-footed pop songs that don’t denigrate the spirit of country music. Even when he takes a break from driving pop songs to deliver something slower, the effect isn't that of a stale country ballad. “Why’s It Feel So Long” is a great example of Urban’s ability to make songs that are neither ballads nor anthems. His new forms feel fresh, rather than just twists on the old Nashville styles. Though Urban may abandon country's musical clichés, “Thank You” (which is addressed to his wife, actress Nicole Kidman), extends a long tradition of openly confessional country ballads.

Customer Reviews

You are just beautiful

You never seem to disappoint me….This has to be your best album


This album is amazing! I love it do much! I listen to it all the time! My dad has the album and he plays it in the car the whole time.

This album is amazing!!!

I love this album so much!!!!!! A lot of these tracks are such beautiful songs and I just love it so much. He never disappoints me and always put me in a good mood.


Born: October 26, 1967 in Whangarei, New Zealand

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although born in New Zealand and raised in nearby Australia, Keith Urban made his biggest splash in Nashville, where he helped rewrite the rules of contemporary country music. By embracing drum loops and elements of Top 40 pop, Urban wrote songs that appealed to a wide audience, effectively satisfying his Nashville fans without alienating those more accustomed to pop music. He also became a genuine celebrity, known for his good looks, his marriage to Nicole Kidman, and his outspoken battle with...
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