Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing

 
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Keith can't stop loving you!

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Strong but subtle message of self-awareness and consideration for others.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Keith Urban doesn't take a lot of musical or lyrical risks. Lyrics are clean and infused with heartbreak, longing, and just a touch of sexual innuendo, all wrapped in predictable country western poetry.

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What's the story?

Keith Urban isn't a man who takes a lot of musical risks, but he knows how to draw on a variety of pop influences to create one satisfying, comfortable contemporary country hit after another. In LOVE, PAIN & THE WHOLE CRAZY THING, cliché'd lines like \"When the sun is hard to find/when it's rainin' in your eyes…when you just can't see the light/baby, I'll find a way to shine\" (\"Shine\") get a fresh new life with Urban's raucous rock-influenced guitar solos over pounding drum tracks. The stellar vocal performance, intensity and drama of \"I Can't Stop Loving You\" almost make up for the schlock-quotient. \"Stupid Boy\" is a lovely ballad about regret, lost love, and missed chances.

Is it any good?

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Predictable and comforting as the sunrise, Keith Urban's lyrics cover a lot of old territory with just enough vivid poetry to keep tedium at bay. Many songs are upbeat declarations of love, friendship, and fidelity. And to endear the artist to female fans of all ages, there's "God Made Woman" ("When God made woman he must've been proud/He must've been cryin' or laughin' out loud/It must have felt like the first time/Getting' kissed by the sun/When God made woman"). Calculated or not, Keith Urban knows how to put a catchy song together with taste and style, so that the whole is inevitably greater than the sum of its parts, and that is a talent all by itself.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about musical influences in modern country music. Can you hear the influences of other popular musical forms in Keith Urban's songs, such as rock, bluegrass, blues, even jazz? What instruments make a song sound "country"?

Music details

Artist:Keith Urban
Release date:November 7, 2006
Label:Liberty
Genre:Country
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old October 8, 2011
 

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It's a nice album
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old September 30, 2009
 

awesome music

I think Keith urban is a good role model who has great music. he delivers great beats in a powerful song. I also recommend his cd defying gravity
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Teen, 13 years old Written bymoviefanatic111 April 9, 2008
 
A great album for everyone

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