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Keith Urban takes the title of the first song, "Out the Cage," on his 11th album literally—a plea for breaking free from oppression and boredom, it's also a silky disco track that expands the country singer's horizons by roping in Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers and rapper Breland. Urban has said that around a third of The Speed of Now Part I was written and recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, and it seems to have emboldened him to throw a few curveballs. He also surprises with trap beats on "Forever" and "Say Something." "Tumbleweed" serves up '70s country-rock sass that suits Urban well. And the finger-snapping, Jason Mraz-esque "One Too Many" is an irresistible duet with Pink that makes a solid case for the pop singer to record a country record herself. But for the most part, the album is Urban doing what's made him a star: mid-tempo numbers, and the occasional ballad, about chasing love, memories and a better life. His voice cracks in all the right places on "Live With," an inspirational ode to dreaming big ("I'd rather live a life I can learn with, swerve with, twist and turn with, take a 90-mile-an-hour curve with"). The metaphor of fast curves is a theme, in fact, popping up again on the catchy "Superman," along with blazing guitar and a healthy dose of rose-colored hindsight: "We were Johnny and June in a ring of fire." The last quarter of the album really shines. "God Whispered Your Name" gives FM-radio soft rock a good name, with its moody organ, lush chorus and appealingly cheesy lyrics ("When God whispered your name, that's when everything changed, love came out of the rain, talk about being saved"). The bubbly "Polaroid" feels as effervescent as a Miller High Life, while piano ballad "Better Than I Am" is a swooning thing of torchy beauty. And early single "We Were" presents an odd-couple pairing that works incredibly well. Written by modern outlaw Eric Church, it delves into the Americana nostalgia he loves: leather jackets and Harleys, feet hanging out over the edge of a water tower, lighter in the air for "Pour Some Sugar on Me." When the two singers trade verses— Urban's sweet slickness up against Church's bad-boy scruff—it's kind of magic. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
Out The Cage
00:03:09

Jamie Muhoberac, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - NILE RODGERS, Electric Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sean Small, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Russell Graham, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tremaine "Six7" Williams, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Sumser, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Breland, Choir, Vocals, Background Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Ditty, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Breland, ComposerLyricist - Elthon Mendoza, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamereo Artis, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
One Too Many
00:03:23

Jerry Flowers, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - P!nk, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Davidsen, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Wallevik, Keyboards, Piano, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mich Hansen, ComposerLyricist - Cutfather, Producer, Co-Producer - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - MITCH HANSEN, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - PhD, Producer, Co-Producer - Nathan Barlowe, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan McCarroll, Producer, Additional Producer - James Norton, ComposerLyricist - Cleo Tighe, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Sonzini, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Ditty, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Boy Matthews, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Clarke, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Weilmann, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Live With
00:03:18

Bobby Pinson, ComposerLyricist - Jimmie Lee Sloas, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Nite, ComposerLyricist - Alex Wright, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Evan Hutchings, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Ditty, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonny Fung, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Zach Kale, Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Superman
00:02:50

Craig Wiseman, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Chapman, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Keyboards, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jerry Roe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Rabin, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Bass, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Ryan McMahon, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Bass, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Captain Cuts, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Benjamin Berger, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Bass, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Barlowe, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Marco Sonzini, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Ditty, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Weilmann, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Change Your Mind
00:03:53

Wendy Melvoin, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Bair, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Koma, Producer, Banjo, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fransisca Hall, ComposerLyricist - Dan McCarroll, Producer, Additional Producer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Sonzini, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Wolach, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Weilmann, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Forever
00:04:07

David Huff, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmie Lee Sloas, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - DANN HUFF, Producer, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaren Johnston, ComposerLyricist - Keith Urban, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Roe, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Brent Cobb, ComposerLyricist - Dave Cohen, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Say Something
00:02:57

Lindy Robbins, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mich Hansen, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cutfather, Producer, Co-Producer - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, ComposerLyricist - Brandyn Burnette, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Quinn, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Celine Svanbäck, ComposerLyricist - Jeppe London, Producer, Co-Producer - Oliver Ciwik, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Christiansen, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jeppe Bilsby, Engineer, Keyboards, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Soul Food
00:02:36

Jamie Muhoberac, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmie Lee Sloas, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sean Small, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocal Producer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Sam Sumser, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Vocal Producer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Breland, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Ditty, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Breland, ComposerLyricist

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Ain't It Like A Woman
00:03:16

Jimmie Lee Sloas, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaren Johnston, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Urban, Producer, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Wright, Piano, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Ebach, ComposerLyricist - Jordan Schmidt, ComposerLyricist - Jordan M. Schmidt, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Evan Hutchings, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Ditty, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Wolach, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
With You
00:03:08

Nathan Chapman, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Dobson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Roe, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dan McCarroll, Producer, Additional Producer - Nate Cyphert, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Sonzini, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Ditty, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joel McKenney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megan McInerney, ComposerLyricist - Luke Niccoli, Producer, Engineer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Co-Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Zach Kuhlman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michelle Freetly, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Weilmann, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Tumbleweed
00:02:48

Nathan Chapman, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Muhoberac, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Costey, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Dobson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jaren Johnston, Producer, Engineer, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Co-Producer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Neil Mason, ComposerLyricist - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Roe, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Burns, Didgeridoo, AssociatedPerformer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Sonzini, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Ditty, Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - James McNair, ComposerLyricist - Michelle Freetly, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Weilmann, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
God Whispered Your Name
00:03:52

James Slater, ComposerLyricist - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Dobson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Chris August, Keyboards, Wurlitzer Organ, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Keith Urban, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Cherney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spike Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pino Paladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Shy Carter, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Dekora , Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Mahoberac, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Dan McCarroll, Producer, Co-Producer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Sonzini, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Ditty, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Belmont Tench, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Weilmann, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Micah Carter, ComposerLyricist

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Polaroid
00:02:31

Nathan Chapman, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JEFF BALDING, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Joey Moi, Producer, Mixer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Roe, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Steph Jones, ComposerLyricist - Sam Fischer, ComposerLyricist - Scott Cooke, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Ilya Toshinskiy, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Cohen, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Trussell, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Geoff Warburton, ComposerLyricist - Eivind Nordland, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Joel McKenney, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Spencer Clarke, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ally Gecewicz, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Griffen Palmer, ComposerLyricist

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Better Than I Am
00:04:31

Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eg White, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Keyboards, Piano, Co-Producer, Bass, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Ditty, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Wolach, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Hit Record Records/Capitol Records Nashville Recording; ℗ 2020 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
We Were
00:03:08

Joe Baldridge, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmie Lee Sloas, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Dan Huff, Producer - DANN HUFF, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Judge, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Roe, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Church, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Tyndell, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Hyde, ComposerLyricist - Kam Luchterhand, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cohen, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Small, Editor, StudioPersonnel

A Hit Red Records/Capitol Records Nashville Release; ℗ 2019 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
We Were
00:03:08

Joe Baldridge, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Hanes, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmie Lee Sloas, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Dan Huff, Producer - DANN HUFF, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Judge, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Roe, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Church, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Tyndell, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Hyde, ComposerLyricist - Kam Luchterhand, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cohen, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Ditty, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Small, Editor, StudioPersonnel

A Hit Red Records/Capitol Records Nashville Release; ℗ 2019 Hit Red Records, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Keith Urban takes the title of the first song, "Out the Cage," on his 11th album literally—a plea for breaking free from oppression and boredom, it's also a silky disco track that expands the country singer's horizons by roping in Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers and rapper Breland. Urban has said that around a third of The Speed of Now Part I was written and recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, and it seems to have emboldened him to throw a few curveballs. He also surprises with trap beats on "Forever" and "Say Something." "Tumbleweed" serves up '70s country-rock sass that suits Urban well. And the finger-snapping, Jason Mraz-esque "One Too Many" is an irresistible duet with Pink that makes a solid case for the pop singer to record a country record herself. But for the most part, the album is Urban doing what's made him a star: mid-tempo numbers, and the occasional ballad, about chasing love, memories and a better life. His voice cracks in all the right places on "Live With," an inspirational ode to dreaming big ("I'd rather live a life I can learn with, swerve with, twist and turn with, take a 90-mile-an-hour curve with"). The metaphor of fast curves is a theme, in fact, popping up again on the catchy "Superman," along with blazing guitar and a healthy dose of rose-colored hindsight: "We were Johnny and June in a ring of fire." The last quarter of the album really shines. "God Whispered Your Name" gives FM-radio soft rock a good name, with its moody organ, lush chorus and appealingly cheesy lyrics ("When God whispered your name, that's when everything changed, love came out of the rain, talk about being saved"). The bubbly "Polaroid" feels as effervescent as a Miller High Life, while piano ballad "Better Than I Am" is a swooning thing of torchy beauty. And early single "We Were" presents an odd-couple pairing that works incredibly well. Written by modern outlaw Eric Church, it delves into the Americana nostalgia he loves: leather jackets and Harleys, feet hanging out over the edge of a water tower, lighter in the air for "Pour Some Sugar on Me." When the two singers trade verses— Urban's sweet slickness up against Church's bad-boy scruff—it's kind of magic. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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