Golden Road

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
No sophomore slump here: Keith Urban's second album kicks off with "Somebody like You," a solid, driving paean to the rejuvenating joys of new love. The song boasts not only catchy lyrics and an expressive vocal but banjo sorties that add a nice rustic feel to it -- and Urban, who's one hot guitar picker, amps it up with some incendiary licks. Urban sacrifices none of his flash and exuberance on Golden Road -- which he co-produced and for which he co-wrote most of the songs -- but he does get a little more introspective, thanks largely to his two songwriting collaborations with Rodney Crowell. One of those, "What About Me," finds Urban sounding a lot like the young ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
No sophomore slump here: Keith Urban's second album kicks off with "Somebody like You," a solid, driving paean to the rejuvenating joys of new love. The song boasts not only catchy lyrics and an expressive vocal but banjo sorties that add a nice rustic feel to it -- and Urban, who's one hot guitar picker, amps it up with some incendiary licks. Urban sacrifices none of his flash and exuberance on Golden Road -- which he co-produced and for which he co-wrote most of the songs -- but he does get a little more introspective, thanks largely to his two songwriting collaborations with Rodney Crowell. One of those, "What About Me," finds Urban sounding a lot like the young Rodney in an anxious, mid-tempo reflection on finally realizing he's been giving of himself without taking time to nurture his own heart. The other, "You Won," is a bit of an epilogue to "What About Me," its surging, edgy sound and bristling guitar lines framing a tough lyric about a guy who survives his self-destructive impulses and finally learns to love himself. The Aussie heartthrob takes a sensitive turn on the rousing, self-penned anthem, "Song for Dad," written from the perspective of a son learning to appreciate the sacrifices made by the head of the family and hoping to live up to his fine example. Edging into hard country, Urban then delivers an urgent reading of the Darrell Brown/Radney Foster tune "Raining on Sunday," a roiling, metaphor-heavy account of salvation sought skin-to-skin. There's also hidden bonus track, a tasty acoustic number that makes a most persuasive case for Urban as a country balladeer par excellence. In the end, Golden Road may wind up with a platinum tint.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Keith Urban's second release for Capitol Records is an early yet devastatingly original piece of work that pointed the way toward his later albums, and it proves him partially responsible for the diverse musical traditions that made their way into the contemporary country scene during the 21st century. While others like Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Travis Tritt modeled a sound that included Southern and '70s rock, Urban brought bluegrass, Top 40 pop stylings, and drum loops into the mix, and made them all work in his own songs as well as those he covered. Produced by Urban and Dan Huff, Golden Road is the first place listeners really get to hear the monster guitar slash-and-burn that's so prevalent in his live performances. The album contains two Urban originals in the beautiful, lithe ballad "You're Not Alone Tonight" and the shuffling soft rocker "Song for Dad," both of which showcase the blend of sounds he would later employ as his own trademark mix. The set also contains a pair of excellent cuts by Rodney Crowell, which are particularly suitable, and perhaps were even tailor-made for Urban in "You Won" and "What About Me." The ballad "Raining on Sunday" was originally written by Darrell Brown, as was the other single "You'll Think of Me." Tony Martin's "You Look Good in My Shirt" is a delightfully stinging rocker, and Monty Powell's "Who Wouldn't Want to Be Me" is another, with Urban playing the strings off his banjo as well as electric guitar. Although his later records were bigger hits, this one is consistent enough -- and full of such charm and personality -- that it's difficult to believe Urban didn't write everything here. That he owns these songs as if he did write them makes Golden Road a lasting early achievement.
Entertainment Weekly - Alanna Nash
A largely introspective album about faith, familial love, and the curse of addiction. (B)

A largely introspective album about faith, familial love, and the curse of addiction. (B)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353293628
  • Catalog Number: 32936
  • Sales rank: 28,175

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Urban Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, E-bow, Cardboard Box, Vocal Harmony
Eric Darken Percussion
Ronn Huff Conductor
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Dan Dugmore Guitar, Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky Violin, Concert Master
John Hobbs Piano, Keyboards
Chris McHugh Percussion, Drums
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Monty Powell Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Alan Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Glenn Worf Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Carl Rabinowitz Cello
Tim Akers Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Kathryn Vanosdale Violin
Jerry Flowers Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Guitar
Scotty Huff Background Vocals
Dan Huff Guitar
Technical Credits
Ronn Huff Arranger
Jeff Balding Engineer
Darrell Brown Composer
Matt Chamberlain Loop
Mark Hagen Engineer
Brent King Engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Keith Urban Producer
Denise Jarvis Producer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Dan Huff Producer
Dann Knuff Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT cd

    If you like Keith Urban, you will LOVE this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this Cd

    I love Keith Urban. I have been a fan for while so i always love his work. This was a great cd then Be Here came out and thats a great Cd. His music gets better every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Awesome CD

    All of Keith's songs are outstanding on this CD, but I think that "Somebody like You", "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me", "Whenever I run", and "You'll think of Me" are the best. This CD is excellent for a person who plays the guitar or a singer/songwriter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome album

    I love this cd because it not only features one of my favorite country artists but it also features new songs that I haven't heard before. Keith's guitar playing is fantastic. I recommend this album to Keith Urban fans and people that are looking for a really great guitar player and a great singer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Listen!!!!

    Keith is maturing and is at his best! This is a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!!

    I love Keith's new cd. He's on of my favorite artist. The way he plays that guitar and sings can make anyone speechless. All of the songs on this cd are my favorite!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding album

    I simply love this album because Keith's voice isn't really low like a baritone, and his voice isn't really a soprano, it's more like a tenor. My favorite tracks out of all of them are "Somebody Like You," "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," "Whenever I Run," "You'll Think of Me," "Songs For Dad," and "Rainin' on Sunday," I recommend this album to country lovers all over and to anyone who wants to hear an extremely talented guitarist and singer/songwriter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another good effort by the Aussie.

    Keith Urban belts out great songs with relative ease. His newest album is an excelent buy. His country-rock style is addictive and his guitar-picking is something else. Of course, he plays just about everthing...On his four albums combined he's played a total of 20 instruments. Amazing, or what? Anything from guitar to piano to percussion, he does it. A really cool artist. Give him a try...I think you'll like him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic !....from a newbie to country music !!

    Believe it or not i bought this CD because I thought Keith is really good looking....but i must tell you, i LOVE the way he sounds !!....and after watching the video for "somebody like you " he truly is "easy on the eyes" as well as having a GORGEOUS voice. The entire CD is FABULOUS, my personal favorite being "Somebody Like You "

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His best yet

    His first three albums (Austrailian release, The Ranch release and the American release) were all really great... But I have to put this one a head above the rest... Every song on here is wonderful... Good variation of songs.. And AWESOME guitar work that isn't overpowered by keith's wonderful voice.. plus a surprise at the end.. keep up the great work.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keith's Urban's "Golden Road"

    Keith is such an amazing singer!! "Somebody Like You" is such an awesome song! It makes you smile from your toes up to your ears. Every song Keith sings is awesome; there's no skipping songs on his CD's!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one aussome artist!!!

    if there was an a cross between stevie ray vaughn and the beatles...keith urban would be it no doubt about it...although he is from australia this guy can burn up a guitar like nothing else!! and if you think his album's are good wait till you see him in concert!! keith is one artist who is genuine and he writes songs from his heart and about events that have happened to him...he is truly one in a million and he is gonna go a long ways in country music...I have met keith in person and he is truly the most wonderful guy and his guitar playing is something you have to see to believe...this new album golden road is another reason why keith is the best guitarist there is and this may prove to be his best album yet!

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