At its most primal level, I’m a country, rock, folk, pop guy. Those four things are somewhere in everything I do in varying degrees, and this record is that presentation captured on one album.
Curiously enough, Urban doesn’t market his music as rock, pop, or even folk. You take that with his oddly vehement defenses of other influences in country and you have to wonder why he even bothers with country, other than it being probably the most lucrative place for him to be.
(Is that cynical of me? Sure, and I’ll admit it. But modern country pretty much yanked me in that direction over the last few years.)
Given that, I found this to be quite odd…
everyone sticks to the same blueprint and the same sound and the same slickness and the same songs about tailgates and pickup trucks….You don’t have to follow the same musical landscape when half the people who own country records also own heavy rock records and rap records.
…as it seems to me that Butch Walker is implying that Keith Urban is part of the solution to what ails country music, when he’s actually just a different part of the problem.
(h/t Country California)