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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Coming off the double-platinum success of 2002's Golden Road, Aussie country rocker Keith Urban builds on a winning formula with Be Here, one of the year's strongest mainstream offerings. Well-turned original songs, a couple of impressive covers, tight band work, expressive singing, and, of course, some exemplary guitar pickin' on Urban's part are the essential components here, and when they all mesh it's a beautiful thing. They do just that on "You're My Better Half," a sizzling, country-tinged rocker that finds Urban not only singing the praises of his beloved but stepping out with a joyous, soaring guitar solo. In a buoyant arrangement suited to a song titled "I Could...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Coming off the double-platinum success of 2002's Golden Road, Aussie country rocker Keith Urban builds on a winning formula with Be Here, one of the year's strongest mainstream offerings. Well-turned original songs, a couple of impressive covers, tight band work, expressive singing, and, of course, some exemplary guitar pickin' on Urban's part are the essential components here, and when they all mesh it's a beautiful thing. They do just that on "You're My Better Half," a sizzling, country-tinged rocker that finds Urban not only singing the praises of his beloved but stepping out with a joyous, soaring guitar solo. In a buoyant arrangement suited to a song titled "I Could Fly," Urban exults in the strengthening power of true love, backed by a funky little herky-jerky groove and a wailing slide guitar solo that jets toward the stratosphere. He conjures a seductive atmosphere, via twangy guitar playing and a heartfelt vocal, on a cover of Rodney Crowell's brilliant love song "Making Memories of Us" hear the original version on the Notorious Cherry Bombs' debut. Heartbreak gets more than a fair hearing too, on Urban's wrenching, intimate piano ballad "Tonight I Wanna Cry," on which he touches some still-raw nerves in his account of a relationship's demise, his tear-stained vocal sounding close to the bone. He more than does justice to Elton John and Bernie Taupin's "Country Comfort" -- one of the strongest songs in EJ's early canon -- on which his boisterous vocal is set against swirling pedal steel lines and snarling guitar punctuations. Platinum shortage in America? Blame Keith Urban. He's gonna be stockpiling it soon.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Keith Urban has been a consistent presence in the country charts since 2000, scoring eight consecutive entries as of the release of his third U.S. solo album, Be Here the eighth being this disc's leadoff track, "Days Go By". And there's plenty more where that came from. Unlike most other country artists, Urban doesn't restrict his albums to ten selections from the Nashville songwriting establishment. This one contains 13 songs at a generous 55-minute running time, and Urban's name is on nine of them as a co-writer. Thus, the collection can be viewed as more of a singer/songwriter effort than the usual Music City product. From that point of view, the album has a distinct storytelling arc, beginning with the carpe diem sentiments of "Days Go By" and continuing into a series of songs that celebrate life and love, notably Rodney Crowell's unabashedly romantic "Making Memories of Us," which finds Urban doing his best Crowell imitation. Suggestions of struggle begin to intrude as of "God's Been Good to Me," however -- and after seven songs, Urban abruptly changes the sound and the mood with a piano-and-strings weeper, "Tonight I Wanna Cry." "She's Gotta Be" picks up the pace, if not the mood, and Matraca Berg and Jim Collins' "Nobody Drinks Alone" brings the singer to a sodden rock bottom before he changes the subject by covering Elton John's "Country Comfort" and finally overcomes adversity in "Live to Love Another Day," then rewrites the album's opening song to look forward again on the album-closing "These Are the Days." The album-length story of optimism and perseverance in the face of romantic turmoil and alcoholic temptation is told musically with Urban's usual collection of fast-picked string instruments, including electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, and Dobro the last played by Bruce Bouton. It's a muscular sound indebted at least as much to rock and bluegrass as to traditional country, but it supports his light, flexible tenor and his essentially upbeat message.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Liberty
  • UPC: 724357748926
  • Catalog Number: 77489
  • Sales rank: 44,529

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Days Go By
  2. 2 Better Life
  3. 3 Making Memories of Us
  4. 4 God's Been Good to Me
  5. 5 The Hard Way
  6. 6 You're My Better Half
  7. 7 I Could Fly
  8. 8 Tonight I Wanna Cry
  9. 9 She's Gotta Be
  10. 10 Nobody Drinks Alone
  11. 11 Country Comfort
  12. 12 Live to Love Another Day
  13. 13 These Are the Days
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Urban Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Slide Guitar, E-bow, Soloist, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Vocal Harmony
Bruce Dukov Violin
Eric Darken Percussion
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Bruce Bouton Dobro, Steel Guitar
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Denyse Buffum Viola
Paul Bushnell Bass
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums
Larry Corbett Cello
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Dann Huff Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Roland Kato Viola
Peter Kent Violin
Steven King Accordion
Chris McHugh Percussion, Drums
Steve Nathan Piano
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Josefina Vergara Violin
Evan Wilson Viola
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle, Cello
Jimmy Nichols Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama Cello
Tim Akers Organ, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Bob Peterson Violin
Chris Thile Mandolin
Natalie Leggett Violin
Rudy Stein Cello
Sara Parkins Violin
Tom Bukovac Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, wah wah guitar
Dan Huff Mandolin
Dan Smith Cello
Robert Matsuda Violin
Steve Richards Cello
Charles Stegeman Violin
Rachel Stegeman Violin
Daniel Smith Cello
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
Matraca Berg Composer
Rodney Crowell Composer
Elton John Composer
Darrell Brown Composer
Paul Buckmaster Arranger, String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Betsy Cook Management
Mark Hagen Engineer
Dann Huff Producer
Richard Marx Composer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Monty Powell Composer
Chris Rowe Digital Editing
Bernie Taupin Composer
Suzie Katayama Orchestral Coordinator
John Shanks Composer
Gordie Sampson Composer
Keith Urban Composer, Producer
Jim Collins Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Brady Barnett Engineer
Darin Murphy Booking
Andy Ackland Digital Editing
Adam Ayan Mastering
Gary Borman Management
Joanna Carter Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A disapointment

    I have his other two CD's, and I loved them, but on this one, he sold out the upbeat fun songs, in favor of the extreamly slow weepy songs. I honestly thought this CD would be as good as his others, but it was a disapointment to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Cd

    I loved this Cd it was great. This is one of his best cds so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sincere Reflection of Keith

    Many musicians record songs that they have no emotional connection with, Keith Urban, however, is not one of them. He co/wrote many of the songs on this album, and you can tell it's from the heart by the way he pours his everything into them. "Be Here" shows many sides of Keith: Thankful for his success and talent; Regretful for the not-so great choices he's made in his past, but now full of Wisdom from those situations; Romantic, which of course is the cause of females, the ones with a pulse, wagging their tongues and drooling (Guilty); and one of the most important things, a touch of Goofiness. He's comfortable with himself and what he stands for. "Be Here" is practically a How-To guide for living. Keith, you have touched so many lives with this album. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keith Urban

    This is an exceptional album. After falling in love with "But for the Grace of God" I wouldn't have expected any less. He is an incredible guitarist and showman ! I hope he can make it back near Phila/Jersey ASAP. His live show is just as awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME BEST EVER

    I'm in luv with Keith Urban. Been a huge fan forever and this is by far his best cd. This will definately get him to the stardom he deserves. Can't find one bad song on here. You can tell he has fun recording these songs and that guitar has never sounded better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Be Here' - a worthwhile venture!

    Keith Urban's last album could be described as: 5 o'clock, Friday afternoon, sittin' in your car, kickin' it in gear to head home for an awesome weekend. The latest album, Be Here, captures that same energy, but collectively is a much more complete journey. Lyrics run the gamut from light philosophy ("it's all we've been given/so you better start livin' right now/'cause days go by") to gorgeous treasures ("in a cabin by a meadow where the wild bees swarm"). Keith continues to demonstrate his mastery of the guitar with solos that extend the emotions of songs such as "She's Gotta Be" and "Nobody Drinks Alone." There are some creative rhythms utilized and more of the free-flowing, memorable choruses. To see Keith Urban perform live is to take his CDs and amplify them 10 times (if not more). The passion and excitement he exudes are unlike anything you could experience just listening to the CD. With "Be Here," it seems that he has been able to translate some of his onstage ability to the studio, adding a new sense of depth and intimacy with his subject matter. His vocals have taken on a new level of strength and capability. The album rounds out the journey with some final words of wisdom in "These are the Days", sliding gradually back to "Days Go By". Enjoy this album! It's great to set your CD on random - no need to skip over a single track.

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