by Keith UrbanKeith Urban


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As something of an outsider to Nashville, Keith Urban has the latitude to experiment, an opportunity he seizes with 2016's Ripcord. The album's very title suggests he's diving into the great wide open and he makes no attempt to disguise the record's heavy hip-hop and electronic influence. "Sun Don't Let Me Down," a collaboration with Nile Rodgers featuring a verse by Latin superstar rapper Pitbull, is merely the culmination of all these inclinations, a move Urban hinted at with the rolling loop propelling the album's lead single, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16." Given how contemporary country has shifted in the years following 2013's Fuse -- the party-hearty swagger of bro country is in decline, replaced by the flexible R&B rhythms of the likes of Sam Hunt and Brett Eldredge -- Urban's shift is not only adventurous, but commercially savvy. It also suits his style, which always threads subtly modern, mass appeal moves into a country pop that's never beholden to Music City conventions. Despite the presence of such sturdily constructed songs as "Blue Ain't Your Color" -- a 12-bar slow dance that could've been a hit back in the '50s -- Ripcord relies on songs that push at the borders of modern country, often qualifying as pop by any other name. That's not true merely of "Sun Don't Let Me Down," whose Pitbull cameo may scare away listeners who knew Urban long before he starred on American Idol: "Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)" zooms along on a neon highway and "The Fighter," a duet with Carrie Underwood, feels like an updated spin on '80s Urban Cowboy. All throughout Ripcord, the electronic elements are at the forefront and foundation, but it's to Urban's credit that this never feels desperate or pandering: it's a smooth, logical progression that makes his music feel sleek and mature.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2016
Label: Capitol Nashville
UPC: 0602547444653
catalogNumber: 002359102
Rank: 4932

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Urban   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,E-bow,Guitar (Nylon String),Vocal Harmony
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
James Gadson   Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocal Harmony
Dann Huff   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Pino Palladino   Bass
Russell Terrell   Vocal Harmony
Sean Neff   Drums
Carrie Underwood   Vocals
Nathan Barlowe   Synthesizer
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jonny Price   Synthesizer,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Nile Rodgers   Composer,Producer
Joe Baldridge   Engineer
Matt Chamberlain   Programming
James Gadson   Programming
Dann Huff   Producer,Engineer
Greg Wells   Composer,Engineer
Keith Urban   Composer,Producer,Whistle
Shane McAnally   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Ross Copperman   Composer
Jeff Bhasker   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jesse Lee   Composer
Nathan Barlowe   Programming
Tyler Johnson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Nathan Chapman   Programming,Producer
Dave Clauss   Engineer
Ash Bowers   Composer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Clint Lagerberg   Composer
David O'Donnell   Engineer
Steven Lee Olsen   Composer
Brandon Schexnayder   Engineer
Russell Graham   Programming,Engineer
Jon Nite   Composer
Jordan Reynolds   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer
J Hart   Composer
Jackson Morgan   Composer
Jason Duke   Composer
Aaron Sherz   Composer
Emily Weisband   Composer
Adam Chagnon   Engineer
Ryan Nashi   Engineer
Nitzan Kaikov   Composer,Producer
Jonny Price   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
David Hodgers   Composer

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