Supposedly Urban opens up in concert, where his rhythms and leads would naturally ventilate his material, and surprisingly, some of his latest hits off last year's semi-concept album Be Here abandon the soccer-mom sentiments altogether. Credit may go to the 37-year-old's increased creative control, as he penned most of the material himself and turned to quality songwriters like Rodney Crowell and Matraca Berg for the rest. The album's highlight is Berg's "Nobody Drinks Alone" (because "every memory you held back follows you home"), an arena-country anthem in which this reformed drinker plays and sings like he's finally found a vehicle for doing something more than just cruising to the bank.
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