12 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Keith Urban’s Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing was released in November 2006 amidst a blizzard of tabloid stories detailing the singer’s struggles with substance abuse. Once the chatter died down, the album’s music could be considered on its considerable merits alone. In spite (or maybe because of) his personal demons, Urban delivered an exceptional recording that testified to his artistic growth and willingness to take creative risks. His romantic outlaw persona gets full expression in tracks like “Once In A Lifetime,” a buoyant expression of newly-found love. But Urban has more on his mind than just boy-gets-girl scenarios – the shadows hinted at in the album’s title are exposed in such songs as “Used To The Pain” and “Stupid Boy.” Heartache and healing on a larger scale is the theme of “Raise The Roof,” a duet with Ronnie Dunn dealing with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The closing track, “Got It Right This Time,” delves into Memphis-style soul in a bare-bones setting, and Urban’s vocals throughout temper his sweet tone with a touch of grit. Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing is potent mix of joy, suffering and hard-won renewal – a reflection of the artist’s own personal journey.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Keith Urban’s Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing was released in November 2006 amidst a blizzard of tabloid stories detailing the singer’s struggles with substance abuse. Once the chatter died down, the album’s music could be considered on its considerable merits alone. In spite (or maybe because of) his personal demons, Urban delivered an exceptional recording that testified to his artistic growth and willingness to take creative risks. His romantic outlaw persona gets full expression in tracks like “Once In A Lifetime,” a buoyant expression of newly-found love. But Urban has more on his mind than just boy-gets-girl scenarios – the shadows hinted at in the album’s title are exposed in such songs as “Used To The Pain” and “Stupid Boy.” Heartache and healing on a larger scale is the theme of “Raise The Roof,” a duet with Ronnie Dunn dealing with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The closing track, “Got It Right This Time,” delves into Memphis-style soul in a bare-bones setting, and Urban’s vocals throughout temper his sweet tone with a touch of grit. Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing is potent mix of joy, suffering and hard-won renewal – a reflection of the artist’s own personal journey.

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