Keith Urban released his latest CD, “Getting Closer” back on Nov. 16, 2010. I did put up an article about it – but nothing more than a release date and a list of the songs it included. I’ve heard the entire CD since then, but I still haven’t gotten any kind of review written – I guess it was just a matter of not having enough time. Thanks to my friend, Andrew W. Griffin, editor of Red Dirt Report, I now have a review of the CD to put up for all of you.
By Andrew W. Griffin
Red Dirt Report, editor
Compared to Keith Urban’s 2009 album Defying Gravity, this past fall’s Get Closer was a bit more under the radar. I’m not sure why this was.
Perhaps it was that it just doesn’t feature any over-the-top hits like “Sweet Thing” or “Kiss a Girl.” Or maybe Urban and his team were simply wanting to overcompensate for the mess that was Love, Pain – The Whole Crazy Thing?
Whatever. What we do start off with is classic Keith Urban uptempo pop-country with “Put You In a Song.” Of course it’s the perfect sort of driving song and works well in light of the chart-toppers Urban has been releasing recently. Urban, who co-produced this album with Dann Huff, knows what the fans want.
The track “Long Hot Summer” is also in this vein. No new ground broken here and that’s perfectly fine. You know what you’re getting, for the most part, when it comes to Keith Urban.
Urban’s love of the banjo, a common country instrument used on Urban’s recordings, is clear on Get Closer. Note the track “You Gonna Fly” where the banjo and electric guitar are married in perfect harmony. And Urban’s earnest vocals, along with some help from the ladies in Little Big Town, certainly help sweeten things.
His wife, actress Nicole Kidman, is noted here, just as she was on “Thank You” on Defying Gravity. Makes sense. He’s a family man and on “Without You” he sings: “The traveling, the singing, it don’t mean nothin’without you / The fast cars, the guitars, this life, this love that you and I’ve been dreamin’ of for so long”
One of the highlights on Get Closer is the “lost-in-love” rocker “Georgia Woods,” which Urban explained in an interview was crafted together with the help of the late Waylon Jennings’s guitar. Starting out with some simple, minor chords on the guitar and a drum machine, it quickly builds into a powerful song that ends with one of the best Urban-fied guitar solos so far. A great song.
And for those who were blown away by last year’s unexpected (and melancholy) hit “’Til Summer Comes Around,” you will like the quieter and more thoughtful love song “Right On Back to You” which actually has a bit of muscle as it builds.
For this review we listened to the deluxe, expanded version of Get Closer (the original has only 8 tunes, believe it or not – the deluxe is at Target) and this one featured three extra studio tracks – all stellar (“Big Promises,” “The Luxury of Knowing”and “Winning”).
Additionally there are four songs from his live shows from a few years back, including “You Look Good in My Shirt” and “Better Life.”
All in all, Get Closeris a solid release from Keith Urban. It doesn’t reach the heights that Defying Gravity did but it comes pretty close.
Grade – B
Copyright 2011 West Marie Media (Reprinted with permission)
Thanks to Andrew for this review. If there are any Keith Urban fans out there who still haven’t heard “Getting Closer,” put it on your wish list. It would make a great birthday or Christmas gift. Or pick one up for yourself. I enjoyed the CD very much – and I’m sure all of you will, too. I am on my way to the office. I’ll talk to you all soon.