I really enjoy the fact that Keith Urban stays true to his strengths, yet happy enough to push genre lines not necessarily country. Graffiti U his latest album released in April last year is no different. To help him create this outstanding release Urban employed the services of an array of talented songwriters, producers and guest performers, among them three wonderful female artists. As a creative approach it allowed him to discover a new musical side of himself.
There has been a lot already been said about the album’s first single Female and Gemini, a song about his wife Nicole Kidman, that has drawn controversy to Urban. But don’t be dissuaded by comments that this isn’t an album worthy of being listen to. It’s admirable, if anything, for trying to be country pop. Standouts include Coming Home, Never Comin’ Down and the Ed Sheeran penned Parallel Line.
I decided to feature Urban in my series this week because the dude is here at the moment on the Australian leg of his Graffiti U World Tour. That said, if there is probably one song that embraces the bold new direction he has taken country music in, its probably Never Comin’ Down. Enjoy!