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This songs are lighter than fluff and here are these middle-aged drunks singing along like they are sharing a visceral experience. certainly this makes some sense to you and would , hopefully , seem an important and fair concern on the part of people who LOVE and are cncerned for the welfare and survival of authentic COUNTRY music . But then after a few harmless follow-up singles, Urban’s singles abruptly grew a LOT more leering and objectionable: from “Blue Ain’t Your Color” and its emotional manipulation to “The Fighter” and its blatant aping of Shawn Mendes’s already uber-douchey “Treat You Better”, to the laughably awful attempt at “being woken” on “Female”. I am loving the new Album, in the last 6-8 months I found Keith Urban's music and now have 3 Albums he has captured my interest back in music, Thank you Keith Urban.
Jonathan Bernstein of Rolling Stone gave a two-and-a-half-star review of the album, saying "Urban deserves credit for refusing to rest on his laurels during the height of his arena-headlining mid-career, but on Graffiti U he ends up shining brightest in his well-worn comfort zones while struggling, perhaps for the first time, when he tries to break new sonic and lyrical ground".In a time when most music is thoughtless, incoherent rambling, Keith Urban puts his heart and soul into his music.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album three out of five stars, criticizing Urban's attempt to address complicated sexual politics.After quitting school at age 15, he performed in cover bands that played a variety of musical styles.
But despite his far-flung sound collision, Urban is still at his best when staying firmly within his wheelhouse, delivering several undeniable hits on the soul-leaning arena ballad “Parallel Line” and the party-starting country rave “Never Comin Down. Despite this, and the fact that this album does have "graffiti" in the title, you can hardly say that the writing is on the wall for Urban (ha ha); he remains one of country music’s most perennially successful artists, a fixture amongst the top tier of the genre’s superstars, and in 2016 he enjoyed his most enduring chart-topper to date (‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’). And that is where I think Keith has changed in an attempt to, like you said, potray this youthful living on the edge image to try to speak to that demographic. This deluxe version also includes three extra bonus tracks including "The Fighter" (featuring Carrie Underwood).
As someone who only listen to only select country artists who make good music, I feel I have a better ear for shitty music just because I have not been exposed to it a lot. I’ll tell you what would be refreshing: Keith apologizing for this record and recording some kind of “country roots” LP. It’s too bad, he’s a fine singer and excellent guitarist but why does he need to make stuff like this? Virtually from the time Keith Urban became a superstar in the USA, he has been almost impossible to ignore here in Australia. You don’t just swerve into achieving this level of cultural depravity and creative suckitude accidentally.
He is an incredibly original and gifted artist pushing the envelope on many fronts and I respect that . The lyric for much contemporary fare has thin to no narrative and tells us nothing about country or very much HUMAN experience beyond drinking and hooking up ( Urban , Hunt , Bryan and many others ). Records that aren't in picture sleeves will either be in a company sleeve or a generic plain sleeve. Additionally, he could snap out of it too…Tim McGraw also went through his “Truck Yeah” and “Lookin for That Girl” phase.
Products shown, tagged or featured on YouTube by creators are sold by merchants and are subject to merchant's terms and conditions. Hence why his last couple of his albums have become up straight up pop, with “Graffiti U” being the most stark example. I’m blown away folks are letting Urban off the hook for emulating the rhythm and spirit of “Tulsa Time” by Don Williams in “Texas Time. in the most respectful sense possible I’m glad Merle isn’t around to hear THAT as an example of what ‘country’ radio has stooped to playing .