I love love love Keith Urban's latest studio album, 'Get Closer.' I was slightly worried after hearing Keith discuss the project in interviews...I want people to be happy, but sometimes listening to nothing but sappy love songs can get a bit...well...vomit inducing. However, Keith pulled back from the over-obvious love ballads that made Defying Gravity, and went to the more free spirited love reminiscent of earlier albums 'Be Here' and 'Golden Road.'
This album holds much more twang than projects in the past. The banjo is evident and Keith's drawl is everywhere. There's a "Where the Blacktop Ends" feel to "You're Gonna Fly" and "Georgia Woods." It's songs like these that make me eager to see the music translate into Keith's live-energy show. There's definitely plenty of space to insert long and heavy guitar solo's with plenty of audience toe-tapping.
Although I'm not a huge fan of the shorter albums that seem to be popping out of the wood work, I do like that Keith gave options like a fuller version available at Target. And, if you're planning on purchasing 'Get Closer,' I recommend that you invest in the Deluxe version offered at Target. It contains a couple of awesome tracks, my favorite being "Luxury of Knowing," and some kick-butt live cuts from the 'Love, Pain, and Whole Crazy Thing' world tour. Fans have been begging for a live album, and this is a small taste to ease the desire.
Over all, 'Get Closer" is a FANTASTIC album...plenty of heart beating both fast n' rockin and the soulful ballads like "Without You." The more I listen to it, the more I love it...
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Mom of 2 who loves country music and living in Nashville. Favorites are Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, and plenty more...
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"I've always loved songs about `the guy in love with the unattainable girl', said Urban of "Put You In A Song", the debut single from Get Closer. "And the idea that the only chance that this poor guy is ever going to have to get close to the object of his affection is to put her in a song, just struck me. That way he'd be able to take her with him everywhere he goes...day and night."
Get Closer follows Urban's Billboard Top 200 Album Chart #1 Defying Gravity, which produced two #1 singles including "Only You Can Love Me This Way" and "Sweet Thing", for which Urban won his third Grammy Award (Best Male Country Vocal Performance).