Keith Urban

Keith Urban

by Keith Urban
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Keith Urban

Keith Urban's solo debut for American audiences (released after the breakup of his former group, the Ranch) may seem a bit quaint now that he's become a superstar. But back in 1997 when this album was released, Urban looked like a fresh-faced kid who was entering the U.S. market as a virtual unknown. Truth is, he made his recording debut in his native Australia in 1991, and had been on the radar of Nashville's A&R men for years. This album proves why. There are four Urban originals here, each one showcasing his knack for writing in numerous styles that all fit into the expanding country radio format. He could marry a rock tune or pop ballad to a country melody, set it off with just the right amount of heartfelt emotion, and lace it with appropriate production, whether it be playing the banjo or adding strings to the mix. He and co-producer Matt Rollings also selected a mostly winning combination of tunes to fill the remainder of the disc, including Monty Powell's fiddle drenched barnstormer "It's a Love Thing," Charlotte Caffey's mid-tempo ballad "But for the Grace of God," and "Rollercoaster," which marked Urban's first signal towards the contemporary country community that he wasn't just a pretty face who could sing. The track is a guitar scorcher from top to bottom, with Urban playing guitar like he was Randy Scruggs' younger brother, flat picking his Stratocaster like it was another extremity he was born with. This and other such moments balance the slick and sometimes too-soft production on the record; as such, the album marks the true root of his sound as a major artist wetting his feet.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/1999
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724349759121
catalogNumber: 97591
Rank: 56478

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Urban   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Electric Sitar
Steve Wariner   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar,Pedal Dobro
John Catchings   Cello
Steve Conn   Accordion
David Davidson   Violin
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Chris McHugh   Percussion,Drums,Drum Loop
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Glenn Worf   Bass
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Tabitha Fair   Background Vocals
Jerry Flowers   Background Vocals
Martie Seidel   Background Vocals
Emily Robison   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Matt Rollings   Producer
Carlton "Santa" Davis   Art Direction
Jim DeMain   Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson   Programming,String Arrangements
Justin Neibank   Engineer
Patrick Murphy   Engineer
Keith Urban   Producer
Greg Kane   Engineer
Steven Jordan   Composer

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Keith Urban 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I at first only bought this CD because my fiancee and I's song was on it (your everything) but then after listening to the whole thing our song isn't the on;y good song on the album but the whole CD is awesome!! I look forward to some of his new stuff he is a talented artist who will definatly become a huge star!!
KUFAN More than 1 year ago
Being fan I HAD TO HAVE IT, especially after I heard some of the tracks online. You can see how much he has grown but also see where his style emminated from. I listen to it with all of the his other albums. It is fun to shuffle all of them and you get a fun mix. My collection is now complete( until the next album )
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently saw Keith Urban at our County Fair. Unbelievable guitar player. Album cannot do justice is his live performance. I urge everyone to see him live. Trust me, you will not be disappoited. Great to look at too. Can't wait for his new release on Oct. 8th
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of keiths first albums and I think it is a great mix of songs that paved the way for his current success. Keith is the man with the plan, cant wait to see him live in Charleston S.C.!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I generally only buy classical albums-- mostly opera and vocal, and other than that, orginal score soundtracks. This is the first country album I have ever bought, and I love it! Keith Urban's performance has a freshness to it. It is spontaneous and earnest, and FUN. He loves what he does and it comes through in his voice and compositions. Buy this album. And like me, you'll look forward to his next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy is wonderful. He includes some really fun songs as well as some very good country-style love songs. He even has an instrumental track. Its REALLY good. I really recommend this album. I'm telling you, this Aussie can sing!
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