Multi-talented Aussie and former Ranch-hand Keith Urban has what it takes to be a country star, and on his latest Capitol release he's reaching for them.

Multi-talented Aussie and former Ranch-hand Keith Urban has what it takes to be a country star, and on his latest Capitol release he's reaching for them. It's accessible stuff with all the right touches, like the neat banjo licks that underlie the exuberant "Somebody Like You," and the unflinching "You're Not My God." Urban's impressive guitar work often drives the train, with rippin' intros on "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me" and "You Look Good in My Shirt." "You'll Think of Me" and "Raining on Sunday" are all smoldering syncopation, "You're Not Alone Tonight" is an effective confessional ballad, and "Jeans On" is a welcome lighthearted dose of personality. Production is punchy and enthused; even the more pop-oriented cuts like "What About Me" and "You Won" are blessed with stylish acoustic instrumental touches, and the heartfelt, well-written "Song for Dad" is conveyed with passion and effective strings. Without question, Golden Road could very well be the one for the incredibly talented Mr. Urban.—RW