That said, Capitol throws everything into the ring this time out by issuing a pair of leadoff singles in the tight little rocker "Kiss a Girl" and the shimmering, reverb-laden guitar workout "Sweet Thing," which is disguised as a midtempo power ballad. Both are 21st century equivalents of rock & roll love songs that echo everyone from Tom Petty to Greg Kihn, and even a bit of Dwight Twilley -- though this is clearly not conscious. As radio tracks, they are smart picks, especially with the clever guitar and banjo interplay -- Urban has transformed the role of the backwoods and in-the-hills instrument into a respectable part of the rock & roll toolbox.
Right between marrying Nicole Kidman and going to rehab, Keith Urban altered his sunny pop-country formula with 2006’s overcast, eclectic Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing — his first-ever American album to yield exactly zero No. 1 hits. So feel free to celebrate the music industry?s fondness for overcorrection (what up, Kelly Clarkson) when considering this follow-up, Defying Gravity, because Urban is way back on message.
Keith Urban trafficks in the promise of love. In song after song he looks you in the eye and beckons, “Baby come here and be mine. Give me your heart and together we’ll climb the tallest mountain, jump over the moon. I’ve been searching for you forever and here you are. I’ll be true to you ….