After several solid releases, Keith Urban is poised for superstardom. And clearly, "Be Here" will help Urban make that leap.
After several solid releases, Keith Urban is poised for superstardom. And clearly, "Be Here" will help Urban make that leap. No doubt, the guy has chops to burn—and here, he cranks out his most commercial record yet. That's not a bad thing, either. Lead (hit) single "Days Go By" is a Celtic-tinged romp, and the Urban/Richard Marx-penned "Better Life" chugs along with charisma and style. Urban has impeccable taste in his covers, too, as evidenced by a soulful reading of Rodney Crowell's "Memories of Us" and a laid-back take on the Elton John chestnut "Country Comfort." Urban's own material nicely balances gentle atmosphere ("The Hard Way," "Tonight I Wanna Cry") with unabashed country pop ("You're My Better Half," "Live to Love Another Day") and impressive musicianship ("I Could Fly," "She's Gotta Be"). He is clicking on all cylinders here, offering something for everyone.—RW