Defying Gravity (2009)
|Artist: Keith Urban|
|"You can't blame gravity for falling in love."|
On Defying Gravity, the openhearted and uplifting new album by Keith Urban, there is a deeply felt musical statement, a life-affirming song cycle marked by a clearheaded sense of passion and hope. From the opening romantic yearning of "Kiss a Girl," to the heartfelt gratitude of the closing "Thank You," Defying Gravity offers listeners the inspiring and stirring sound of a great musical artist coming of age and creating his most personal and effecting music yet.
"Fortunately, this is where I am at right now in life, in my marriage, and in my home with a new girl," Urban says of Defying Gravity's truly joyful and thankful mood. "And coming the road that I've taken to be here, I do feel a lot of gratitude."
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Keith Urban (vocals, guitar).|
|Audio Mixer: Justin Niebank.|
|Keith Urban's 2006 album, LOVE, PAIN AND THE WHOLE CRAZY THING, was an extremely personal album chronicling a period of personal upheaval both good (his marriage to actress Nicole Kidman) and bad (just prior to the album's release, the singer entered rehab for unspecified addictions), and although it was a success by most commercial measures, it was the Australian country singer's first album not to produce a Number One single on the country charts. The follow-up, DEFYING GRAVITY--from the adoption of a more buoyant mindset in the title song, to the soaring giddiness of the singles "Sweet Thing" and "Kiss A Girl"--is a far less somber affair. Produced by Urban's usual musical partner Dann Huff and consisting mostly of songs written or co-written by Urban (a cover of Radney Foster's sly "I'm In" being the best of the exceptions), DEFYING GRAVITY is a summery, good-time album filled with Urban's irrepressible charm.|
Producer: Dann Huff; Keith Urban
Engineer: Drew Bollman; Dean Reid; Seth Morton; Rich Ramsey; Justin Niebank
Keith Urban - Defying Gravity - CD Review
By: tink Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 4/15/2009 9:17 AM
|I don’t know about you, but it feels like I’ve been waiting for a new studio album from Keith Urban for ages. Of course, it’s not like he hasn’t been busy since Love, Pain and The Whole Crazy Thing (2006). He has been touring like crazy and in between then and now, there was his CD Greatest Hits: 18 Kids in 2007 with two new tracks combined with a DVD featuring twelve music videos to help tide me over....read the full review|
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 03/31/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : 57512|
|Label : Capitol Nashville|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 50999235751274|
Since first moving to Nashville back in 1992, Keith Urban has gradually established himself as an extraordinary singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performer who has brought his own distinctive talent, energy, and charisma to Country music and beyond. In return, Urban has now established himself as both a global superstar and a highly respected artist with the impressive track record to prove it, including Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, Academy of County Music Awards and Australia's coveted Aria Award. He has a loyally devoted worldwide fan base that comes to see him every time he takes the stage, as he connects with the people who have made it all possible.
Keith Urban's millions of fans have followed his creative progression from his first American album as a member of The Ranch (1997), through an increasingly accomplished series of the Platinum-selling solo albums, Keith Urban (1999), Golden Road (2002), Be Here (2004), and Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing (2006), as well as the compilation Greatest Hits: 18 Kids (2007).
And so for a decade now, Urban has remained a welcome and enduring presence on Country radio thanks to a series of popular and memorable songs, including such #1 hits as "But for the Grace of God," "Somebody Like You," "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," "You'll Think of Me," "Days Go By," "Making Memories of Us," "Better Life," "You Look Good in My Shirt" and "Start a Band," Urban's 2008 guitar and vocal duet with pal, Brad Paisley. And as a core artist on all Country video outlets, Urban's career to date has also been documented on a series of Platinum video collections.
In recent years, Urban's remarkable musical gifts have also brought him to numerous places where Country superstars have rarely gone before, whether powerfully dueting with Alicia Keys on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" on the stage of Live Earth, appearing on Saturday Night Live, or sitting in with the likes of Al Green, Justin Timberlake, BB King and John Mayer at this year's Grammy Awards.
"I have a real appreciation for the long, colorful, diverse musical road I've taken to get here," Urban explains of his musical journey. "All through my youth in Australia, I got to play in so many different situations. I grew up in Tamworth which is sort of the Country music capitol of Australia -- playing and competing there, but I also formed my own band playing West Coast Rock stuff that I loved. Then I got a job as a musical director for a cabaret singer, so I was learning "Twelfth of Never" and "Viva Las Vegas" too. At 16, I had to wear a tuxedo and count off the band. You name it -- I played it in every pub and club in Australia, and that's given me a great palette to draw upon. I feel very lucky to have all these opportunities to play with so many artists who I really admire. Playing with people -- and playing for people -- is what it's all about."