Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing
Label: Capitol Nashville
Keith Urban might not have turned his back on country music, but he sure takes more than a sidelong glance off the farm on Pain. Urban works with hitmaker John Shanks to write "Once in a Lifetime," but it's the Aussie's willingness to create epic, sweeping sing-alongs that builds the tune into the biggest hit of his career. Urban balances the hits with some interesting risk-taking. He covers rising star Sarah Buxton's feminist tome "Stupid Boy" and then exposes his well-documented personal problems on "Used to the Pain."