Golden Road

Golden Road

4.8 18
by Keith Urban
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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)

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2002
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724353293628
catalogNumber:
32936
Rank:
42370

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Urban   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,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
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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