12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is the big breakout from the Aussie who pushed country out of its comfort zone. Blending banjo and steel guitar with hip-hop-influenced beats was still radical when Urban did it, in 1999, on “It’s a Love Thing.” Meanwhile, one of the album’s most traditional-sounding country tunes, “But for the Grace of God,” was cowritten by Urban and two members of The Go-Go’s; the high-octane, twang-soaked instrumental “Rollercoaster” puts the focus on his underappreciated guitar gifts. But that supple, emotion-packed voice holds it all together, whichever stylistic route Urban takes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is the big breakout from the Aussie who pushed country out of its comfort zone. Blending banjo and steel guitar with hip-hop-influenced beats was still radical when Urban did it, in 1999, on “It’s a Love Thing.” Meanwhile, one of the album’s most traditional-sounding country tunes, “But for the Grace of God,” was cowritten by Urban and two members of The Go-Go’s; the high-octane, twang-soaked instrumental “Rollercoaster” puts the focus on his underappreciated guitar gifts. But that supple, emotion-packed voice holds it all together, whichever stylistic route Urban takes.

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