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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.
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1
Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)
00:02:48

JAMES GADSON, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - DAVE O'DONNELL, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Bhasker, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Recording Engineer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Unknown, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Chris Galland, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Johnson, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ike Schultz, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tyler Shields, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samuel Tyler Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Nashi, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Hit Red Records

2
John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16
00:03:41

Jerry Flowers, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Baldridge, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ross Copperman, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DANN HUFF, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Additional Vocals, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Urban, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Additional Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Yudkin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Judge, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Seth Morton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Osborne, ComposerLyricist - Shane McAnally, ComposerLyricist - Andy Snyder, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Lijestrand, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Hit Red Records

3
Wasted Time
00:03:53

Greg Wells, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - James Abrahart, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Hit Red Records

4
Habit Of You
00:03:44

Joe Baldridge, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Electric Guitar, Unknown, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Judge, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jackson Morgan, ComposerLyricist - Josh Ditty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - K-Kov, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Hit Red Records

5
Sun Don't Let Me Down
00:03:23

Tiffany Palmer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Edwards, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Busbee, Producer, Editor, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pitbull, FeaturedArtist - NILE RODGERS, Producer, Electric Guitar, Whistle, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Sterling, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Darken, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Clauss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Armando Christian Perez, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Angelo Caputo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shanika Bereal, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tyler Hartman, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Graham, Editor, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Al Burna, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Samantha Nelson, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Hit Red Records

6
Gettin' In The Way
00:03:48

Joe Baldridge, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DANN HUFF, Producer, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nik Karpen, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Hodges, ComposerLyricist - Keith Urban, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Judge, Keyboards, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Neff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Barlowe, Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jordan Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Emily Weisband, ComposerLyricist - Adam Chagnon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Ditty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Hit Red Records

7
Blue Ain't Your Color
00:03:50

Hillary Lindsey, ComposerLyricist - Joe Baldridge, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Lee Olsen, ComposerLyricist - Clint Lagerberg, ComposerLyricist - DANN HUFF, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nik Karpen, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Urban, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Nylon-String Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Judge, Keyboards, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Neff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Adam Chagnon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Ditty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Hit Red Records

8
The Fighter
00:03:04

Carrie Underwood, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Busbee, Producer, Editor, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Michael Busbee, ComposerLyricist - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Clauss, Editor, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Justin L. Fisher, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Hit Red Records

9
Break On Me
00:03:28

Joe Baldridge, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Chapman, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Copperman, ComposerLyricist - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - JUstin Niebank, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Drew Bollman, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Allen Parker, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Judge, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Nite, ComposerLyricist - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Tal Wilkenfeld, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Brandon Schexnayder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Stankiewicz, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Hit Red Records

10
Boy Gets A Truck
00:03:29

Joe Baldridge, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DANN HUFF, Producer, Electric Guitar, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nik Karpen, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Urban, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Judge, Keyboards, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Neff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Aaron Scherz, ComposerLyricist - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Ash Bowers, ComposerLyricist - Adam Chagnon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Ditty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Hit Red Records

11
Your Body
00:02:45

John Edwards, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Busbee, Producer, Editor, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Clauss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Brian David Willis, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Hit Red Records

12
That Could Still Be Us
00:03:57

Jesse Lee, ComposerLyricist - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TONY MASERATI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Keith Urban, Producer, MainArtist - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Price, ComposerLyricist - Josh Ditty, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jason Duke, ComposerLyricist - Jonny Price, Producer, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Wells Ryder, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2016 Hit Red Records

13
Worry 'Bout Nothin'
00:03:50

Rodney Clawson, ComposerLyricist - Josh Kear, ComposerLyricist - Chris Tompkins, ComposerLyricist - Joe Baldridge, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DANN HUFF, Producer, Electric Guitar, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - CHRIS LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nik Karpen, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Johnson, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Urban, Producer, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Unknown, Other, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Terrell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike "Frog" Griffith, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Judge, Keyboards, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Neff, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Jason Campbell, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Nathan Barlowe, Programming, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Chagnon, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Josh Ditty, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2016 Hit Red Records

Album Description

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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