Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
It's been an eventful couple of years for Keith Urban since the release of his 2004 megahit album Be Here, which vaulted him into the elite of his generation's country superstars. His music -- both his own songs and some well-chosen covers -- has evinced a personal, confessional streak that aligns him more with sensitive Brad Paisley than, say, party boy Kenny Chesney. Thus, a world of revelation can be read into the songs on the tellingly titled Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing. Like most others, his (high-profile) marriage has its attendant tensions, uncertainties, and jubilations, all chronicled herein. Singing urgently on "Used to the Pain," with a fierce, ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
It's been an eventful couple of years for Keith Urban since the release of his 2004 megahit album Be Here, which vaulted him into the elite of his generation's country superstars. His music -- both his own songs and some well-chosen covers -- has evinced a personal, confessional streak that aligns him more with sensitive Brad Paisley than, say, party boy Kenny Chesney. Thus, a world of revelation can be read into the songs on the tellingly titled Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing. Like most others, his (high-profile) marriage has its attendant tensions, uncertainties, and jubilations, all chronicled herein. Singing urgently on "Used to the Pain," with a fierce, driving rock attack behind him and his own guitar in spitfire mode, Urban articulates the roller-coaster ride of commitment in raw confessions such as "Every step I take / I get a little less afraid / Of giving in to love /…It gets better every day / Once you get used to the pain." On "Won't Let You Down," an intense, jittery shuffle, he's arrived fully invested in his role, promising, "I'll catch you when you fall / 'cause I'm the one who loves you / I'm your best friend now / And I won't let you down…" And for simply luxuriating in his good fortune in love ("true believers always find each other / and here we are…"), he's at his most affecting ballad best on "Got It Right This Time," on which he is backed only by a keyboard and a drum machine, with a demo-like feel that adds to the intimacy. There's much more along these lines, and some pure, unbridled burners as well, adding up to a concept that's both radio-ready and more complex than typical mainstream country fare.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing was released on November 7, 2006, just days after Keith Urban voluntarily entered an alcohol treatment center. Having married actress Nicole Kidman just months before, his timing couldn't be better. After all, Urban is trying to get well at the very peak of his life thus far, both personally and professionally, and an album this enjoyable needs a healthy person to support it. Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing is slicker than anything Urban has issued before, but it's also more ambitious, representing a giant leap forward from 2004's Be Here. Urban is a rocking guitarist, a complete wildman on the electric six-string, and he combines his tough, unhinged approach to the instrument with pop melodies and utterly brilliant production elements that layer strings, drum loops, fiddles, banjos, E-Bows, and Hammond B-3s. Add a songwriting style that touches on the classic elements of rock, country, and mainstream pop, and you have something that hasn't been heard in the country genre in such a cohesive way before. That's right -- the album is further proof of Urban's ability to stretch the genre to the breaking point by bringing in more of modern pop's elements, while remaining firmly within Nashville's good graces. Song by song, this albums feels as if there isn't anything he can't do. Sharing production credit with Dan Huff, Urban wrote or, in some cases, co-wrote ten of the album's 13 cuts -- there's a hidden track buried in the CD-ROM portion of the disc. The production is thoroughly modern, but also feels like the country equivalent of George Martin. It's positively baroque in places, and there is so much packed in that it almost feels claustrophobic, even though he makes it work beautifully. No record since Neil Diamond's brilliant Beautiful Noise -- produced by the Band's Robbie Robertson -- has sounded so regal and inviting. The album's first single, "Once in a Lifetime," opens the set; it entered the Billboard chart at number 17, the highest debuting single since the chart's inception. But the shock is simply that it's not the best track on the record. Urban has packed this disc with fine writing and excellent, even defining versions of the songs he chose to cover. There are a number of rockers, including "Faster Car," with its smoking, funky bassline, layered power chords, and his "ganjo" that rings above the horn section, and "I Told You So," which uses acoustic guitars, fiddles, and the ganjo to usher in some twisting, minor-key electrics. Both songs are based on tight little hooks, and both build to the breaking point while allowing Urban's voice to soar above the instruments. On the latter tune, Uilleann pipes and bouzouki are layered into the mix in a melody that brings to bear Celtic cowboy lyric frames and tribal rhythms. The whole thing explodes near the end, when Urban cuts loose in a serious, distortion-laden guitar wrangle. "Shine," which begins as a shimmering country-pop tune, is another example, as a string section and his unhinged soloing battle for dominance in the nearly unbearable climax. "I Can't Stop Loving You," written by Billy Nichols, is another climatic tune, but it becomes one of the great modern country love songs with its incessant reaching to its crescendo, which is provided by an army of strings and big power chords. "Used to the Pain," written with Darrell Brown, is a stealthy rocking love song that drips with emotion. The down-home anthem "Raise the Barn," a duet with Ronnie Dunn, was written in reaction to the destruction done by Hurricane Katrina. Urban can also write a shuffling country-rocker with the best of them. Urban didn't pen "God Made Woman," but his version makes the track his own. Beginning with a choir somewhat smaller and yet reminiscent of the Rolling Stones on "You Can't Always Get What You Want", the cut quickly becomes a loud and proud country-rock anthem that celebrates -- not objectifies -- women. "Tu Compañía" is a way funky country two-step love song driven by the ganjo. Yeah. Funky. The album's final cut, "Got It Right This Time," sounds like a homemade demo by the rest of the album's standards, with Urban handling drum machine and keyboard chores while singing. That said, it's far from substandard and certainly belongs here, as it showcases Urban's voice in all its unadorned grandeur and reveals the influence of soul music on his singing. Those who wish to decry Urban as some kind of slick, formulaic songwriter and flavor of the country music moment are missing the point. The man writes honest, beautifully crafted songs that are adult enough to ponder, tough enough to rock, and tender enough to pull -- not tug -- on the heartstrings. As previously stated, there's no better time to get well than when you're at the top of your game. While Urban's previous records have all had their moments -- and Be Here was his true arrival -- Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing is his mature pop masterpiece. For all its wonder and expertise, it feels like it's just a taste of what he'll be offering in the future.
Billboard - Ken Tucker
Urban sells every song with passion. It's fitting that he closes this varied set with "Got It Right This Time." Indeed.

Urban sells every song with passion. It's fitting that he closes this varied set with "Got It Right This Time." Indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • Label: Liberty
  • UPC: 094637708705
  • Catalog Number: 77087
  • Sales rank: 9,639

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Once in a Lifetime (5:53)
  2. 2 Shine (5:17)
  3. 3 I Told You So (4:26)
  4. 4 I Can't Stop Loving You (4:43)
  5. 5 Won't Let You Down (3:19)
  6. 6 Faster Car (4:27)
  7. 7 Stupid Boy (6:16)
  8. 8 Used to the Pain (4:41)
  9. 9 Raise the Barn (5:11)
  10. 10 God Made Woman (4:50)
  11. 11 Tu Compañia (4:10)
  12. 12 Everybody (5:33)
  13. 13 Got It Right This Time (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Urban Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, E-bow, Soloist
Eric Darken Percussion
David Angell Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
David Davidson Violin
Mark Douthit Tenor Saxophone
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Connie Ellisor Violin
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Barry Green Trombone
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Dann Huff Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Rami Jaffee Hammond Organ
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Chris McHugh Drums
Doug Moffet Baritone Saxophone
The Nashville String Machine Choir Conductor
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Joy Worland French Horn
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle
Eric Rigler uillean pipes, tin whistle
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Tim Lauer Synthesizer, Accordion, Harmonium, Pump Organ
Monisa Angell Viola
Karen Winkelmann Violin
Jerry Flowers Background Vocals
Cate Myer Violin
David R. Stone Upright Bass
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen Cello
Beth Beeson French Horn
Choristers of Reigate Saint Mary Soprano (Vocal)
Jenny O'Grady Choir Conductor
Technical Credits
Darrell Brown Composer
David Campbell Choir Arrangement, String Conductor
Terry Christian Engineer
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Betsy Cook Art Direction
Mark Hagen Engineer, overdub engineer
Dann Huff Producer, Engineer
Richard Marx Composer
Chris McHugh Programming
Justin Niebank Engineer
Billy Nicholls Composer
Michael Omartian Horn Arrangements
Monty Powell Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
John Shanks Composer
Gordie Sampson Composer
Keith Urban Composer, Producer, drum machine
Dino Hermann Engineer, Digital Editing
Steve McEwan Composer
Torne White Art Direction
Deanna Bryant Composer
Dave Berg Composer
Matt Lawrence Engineer
Hillary Lindsey Composer
Sarah Buxton Composer
Jeff Kersey Engineer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT NEW CD FOR KEITH!!

    I have this album already downloaded and I have to tell you, this is one of the best albums I have ever owned. Every song speaks straight from the heart, has a story to tell, and transports the listener into the very soul of life! From beginning to end, you will not be able to turn it off. I have mine set on repeat in the car and can't get enough!! Get yours pre-ordered so you don't miss out. Having seen some of these songs performed live at the promotion party in Atlanta really made me realize just how much of Keith is in his new CD!! Way to go, Keith. Can't wait to see the entire album performed this upcoming 2007 CD tour!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Get this album

    I got to meet Keith in NYC. He is as lovely and thoughtful as his music. The songs he played everyone sang alone to- great music. When his amp glitched, he unplugged and it sounded exactly like the album just unplugged. What a treat! I have not found a song of his that I skip over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    LP&TWCT is an amazingly aussome album but then again we expect nothing less from our Aussie wonder. This is truly an album of the heart and it definitely shows the depth of the zone Keith was in and how truly in-tuned he was withhis inner self. Every song is special. The raw emotion gives you goose bumps! The album gives a bit of everything. Every song is single worthy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better and Better

    Keith Urban just keeps getting better and better! This is an excellent CD for any Keith Urban fan. The songs are excellent choices for the CD. I think "Once In A Lifetime" and "Stupid Boy" really speak to the listener. Bottom line: you won't be disappointed with this purchase. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really great CD all the way through

    I finally got around to getting the CD and have been listening to it all the time. It has some great music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Song's Help!

    After I was turned down. I was so sad, I listened to the song "Stupid Boy" and it helped me halfway get over him! I was able to go back to school the next day and HALFWAY get over him. So thanks so much to Keith Urban for really feeling what he sings about!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Yet

    Keith Urban continues to prove his talent as a musician and singer on this CD. It's great from beginning to end. Keep up the good work Keith !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keith Urban - the legend continues!

    This is another awesome CD by an incredibly talented musician! A must-have for any Keith fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boring

    This is the most boring album - I can't distinguish one song from another and the 'rock' guitar gives me a headache. And, as other reviewers have written, it's also not country. Don't waste your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another great album

    What can I say? I love it. Keith has provided fans with a great mix of country and classic rock - a combination that draws legions of fans who want to experience the wonderfully heartfelt vocals and totally rocking guitar solos that he is so well known for. Between his unique country sound and his incredible musical talent, this one's another hit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A new side of Keith

    Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing is great record and it really shows off keiths talent. This cd will make you want to cry and then make you want to dance. Just by listening to this cd you can really tell how much his life has influenced the way his music sounds. This isnt just a pure country cd, anyone from any genre would love this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keith At His Best

    I was fortunate enough to hear Keith's new album in it's entirety about a month before it's official release and I have yet to stop listening! I have to say, without a doubt, it's his best album yet. I own every album of Keith's and love each of them but the minute I heard "Love, Pain and the whole crazy thing" I immediately put it above all the others. And for someone who holds "Golden Road" very close to their heart, that's saying something. The songwriting for this album is beautifully heartfelt and the guitar work is nothing short of AMAZING!! The best way to describe it is that it's just pure Keith all the way. People are going to sit around, critics and fans alike, and try to figure out if "Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing" is country, pop or rock, but if you ask me it's a little bit of everything rolled into one. It's just brilliant, from track 1 to 13!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    KEITH URBAN KICKS OFF HIS BOOTS AND RELEASES YET ANOTHER SPECTACULAR ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    KEITH URBAN'S NEW ALBUM "LOVE PAIN & THE WHOLE CRAZY THING" MARKS YET ANOTHER ADVENTUROUS BUT TAME ROAD WITH HIS MUSIC AND SONGS...WITH "LOVE PAIN & THE WHOLE CRAZY THING", KEITH URBAN TAKES HIS HITS TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL, WHILE STILL STAYING TRUE TO HIS COUNTRY MUSIC ROOTS, TO TUNES SUCH AS "RAISE THE BARN", "TU COMPANIA", AND OTHERS, BUT MORE ROCKIN' TUNES, SUCH AS "ONCE IN A LIFETIME", "I CAN'T STOP LOVIN' YOU", AND MORE MELLOW SUBTLE TUNES SUCH AS "EVERYBODY", "I GOT IT RIGHT THIS TIME", AND "SHINE" !!!!!!!!! THIS GUY KNOWS HOW TO SING, HE KNOWS GOOD SONGS WHEN HE SINGS THEM, AND HE KNOWS A GUITAR WHEN HE PLAYS IT.....A MUST-HAVE BUY FOR ANYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO OUT AND BUY THIS ALBUM, IMMEDIATELY....YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'LL BE MISSING IF YOU DON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not country by a long shot

    like faith hill's "cry" album? then this cd is for you. if you truly enjoy REAL country, find another CD don't waste your money or time. pop country is not country, PERIOD. what a sell out. amazing how money can make you leave your true country roots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keith has done it again!!

    Keith Urban has done it again!! This album is FANTASTIC!! I have had it since the day that it came out and it has not left my CD Player!! This is a must-have for anyone who loves Keith and his music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    This CD is amazing. I love it! And I mean every single song is amazing, not just the singles. I think this is Keith Urban's best CD yet!! I've listened to it about 1,000 times. Can't get enough of it! Deffinently buy this one =]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keith does it again

    Love ,Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing, has songs that are country, as well as pop/rock and even a little bit of rock n roll, the song "Raise The Barn" features Ronnie Dunn and was written bt Keith, Monty Powell about Katrina, the residents that were affected rebuliding their lives how the human spirit remains alive even now. "EveryBody" was written by Keith and Richard Marx, while Keith wrote/co- wrote 11 of the 13 songs on the album, one he didn't write is "Stupid Boy" written by newcomer Sarah Buxton, along with two other writers, it's about a guy that treats his girlfriend badly by tells her she can't do things, then she relizes she better off without him, dumps him. From the first track to the last "Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing" is packed with hit songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Emotions

    Keith raised his bar again. Just increadible! The varied instruments and beats, will keep your ears listening and with outstanding lyrics it will keep your heart listening. Perfect!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have !!!! This CD is Totally "Amazing" !!!!

    Keith has done it again !!! You will love this cd from beginning to end !! The music, and artistry in this cd is so entertaining! Keith, puts his heart and soul in all he does, and this cd ,proves that to be true once again. He will touch your soul with his music and words !! This is another one of his Amazing works of ART!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Like a Concert!!

    I have seen Keith in concert 11 times, and this album captures all the "extras" (that's what I call them) that he adds to his songs in concert. These recordings represent the true Keith Urban at his finest. As soon as I heard it (before I read the liner notes), I believed he must have wrote or co-wrote most of them. I was right! 10 out of 13!! I think I know "my" Keith Urban!! This is a must-have for your collection. Enjoy!!

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