Get Closer

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Pop and country have become increasingly interchangeable in the 21st century, and few artists have benefited more than Keith Urban. On paper, he's a wealth of contradictions -- a country boy with an exotic accent, a balladeer with rock & roll chops, a stubbled face framed by flat-ironed hair. On his albums, though, Urban molds those would-be incompatibilities into some of the slickest country songs this side of Taylor Swift, appealing to his longtime Nashville supporters while still targeting fans who wouldn't be caught dead inside a honky tonk. Released one year after 2009's Defying Gravity, Get Closer is another country-pop hybrid, executed with swagger and ...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Pop and country have become increasingly interchangeable in the 21st century, and few artists have benefited more than Keith Urban. On paper, he's a wealth of contradictions -- a country boy with an exotic accent, a balladeer with rock & roll chops, a stubbled face framed by flat-ironed hair. On his albums, though, Urban molds those would-be incompatibilities into some of the slickest country songs this side of Taylor Swift, appealing to his longtime Nashville supporters while still targeting fans who wouldn't be caught dead inside a honky tonk. Released one year after 2009's Defying Gravity, Get Closer is another country-pop hybrid, executed with swagger and professionalism by the man who helped bring drum machines to Music City. The bad news is that the album is short. Super short. Unless fans want to drive to Target, which has exclusive rights to the full version of Get Closer, they'll have to settle for a shorter album that clocks in at eight tracks. This so-called "standard" edition feels more like an EP, and the fact that Target's version only adds two more originals -- coupled with a remake of Santana's "Winning" and four live tracks from the Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing tour -- provides little relief. The good news is that Get Closer, in all its abridged glory, contains some of Urban's best work to date. He co-writes most of the material and chooses his songwriting partners wisely, working with Sarah Buxton who wrote the Grammy-winning "Stupid Boy" on "Put You in a Song" and collaborating with longtime partner Darrell Brown on the country-rocker "Georgia Woods," which may be the best tune here. Those two songs -- along with "You Gonna Fly," "Long Hot Summer," and "Shut Out the Lights" -- round out the rock section, and Urban decorates them with an arsenal of stringed instruments, from bazouki to banjo to E-bow guitar. A former session player who performed on Garth Brooks' Double Live, he sometimes lets his own professionalism get the best of him, downplaying his guitar skills on record to make each song as commercial as possible. The rockers on Get Closer are an exception to the rule, though, filled with the sort of two-minute guitar workouts that are only rivaled by contemporaries like Brad Paisley and John Mayer. If the fast songs are an excuse for Urban to flex his chops, then the slower numbers give him a chance to sing directly to his wife, Nicole Kidman, whose influence helps replace the weepy ballads of past albums with measured, midtempo highlights like "Without You." Get Closer may be 34 minutes long, but it uses its time wisely, featuring a virtually filler-free track list that contains some of Urban's sharpest open-highway tunes and bedroom ballads.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099964769523
  • Catalog Number: 47695
  • Sales rank: 8,240

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Put You In a Song (3:40)
  2. 2 You Gonna Fly (3:36)
  3. 3 All For You (3:37)
  4. 4 Long Hot Summer (4:33)
  5. 5 Without You (3:56)
  6. 6 Georgia Woods (5:17)
  7. 7 Right On Back To You (4:48)
  8. 8 Shut Out the Lights (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Urban Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bouzouki, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, E-bow
Eric Darken Percussion
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Dann Huff Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Mandocello, E-bow
Chris McHugh Percussion, Drums
Gordon Mote Piano
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Karen Fairchild Background Vocals
David Huff Percussion
Sarah Buxton Background Vocals
Kimberly Schlapman Background Vocals
Charlie Judge Strings, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Chris Eaton Composer
Darrell Brown Composer
Mark Hagen Engineer
Dann Huff Producer
Richard Marx Composer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Monty Powell Composer
Drew Bollman Engineer
Joe West Composer
Mark Dobson Engineer
Keith Urban Composer, Producer, Whistle
Dave Pahanish Composer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Jedd Hughes Composer
David Huff Programming
Sarah Buxton Composer
Chris Lucas Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Busbee Composer
Charlie Judge String Arrangements
Preston Brust Composer
Jaren Johnson Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Run, Don't Walk to get this Album!

    Everytime Keith makes an album, it becomes my favorite.. but this one is probably going to be my favorite of ALL my collection of any genre! Keith has managed to bring out his "older" sound and go back to his roots, and to also fuse it with his "new" sound too. The vocals and guitar rifts are incredible, and I love how he has brought in some ganjo, keyboards,and fiddles as well. Each song has it's own personality, and I love that! Do yourself a favor and don't miss out on this wonderful CD!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Awesome!

    Keith's new CD is wonderful. Filled with beautiful love stories and then some upbeat "drive around and turn it up loud" music. There is not a single track that I would skip. I also purchased the Deluxe Version at Target and it contains a few more great songs, including a cover of Santana's "Winning". All in all, this album is fantastic. The instrumentation is great -- Keith brings back the banjo in a number of songs. And, his guitar playing is just stellar, as always. I've only had it for a few days, but have already played it enough to know the lyrics to all the tracks. Thank you Keith for your gift of music!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    great c.d bad shipping

    the c.d is what i expected good songs but the shipping was terrible I purchased 1-3 day shipping and it took about 11 or so days. buy it in stores if you want it fast.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    Fabulous!!

    What a great album! I can't pick a favorite. They're all great. Beautiful songs, music and voice. You're gonna love it!

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

    Incredible

    This CD is amazing! A perfect combination great lyrics, vocals & guitar work! Perfect Christmas gift for those you love!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2010

    Finally!

    Every Keith Urban CD is worth purchasing. His voice is strong and warm and his guitar/musical abilities fun and exciting. New music from Keith is a happy day.

    The 7th track - Right on Back To You is fabulous. If it's not released as a single, I'll be surprised. You will love it from the first time you hear it.

    The 6th track - Georgia Woods is also a great song.

    #3 - All for You is very pretty.

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

    Love every song, big bang for the buck....

    albums usually have a favorite song and then we skip a few.... not this one.... there is a song that relates to every mood I'm in at times.... short but sweet, Love it Keith !!!! I went out and bought the Target copy also, and I'm glad I did, a few more GREAT songs on there as well....!!!!

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

    This is a must buy CD

    From the first listen you will love it. The guitar solos are amazing. Check out Georgia Woods. Actually all the tracks are amazing!!!
    Buy at Target to get the deluxe version!!

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