Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Keith Urban, "Put You In a Song"

The new tune from Keith Urban is a shamelessly catchy and inoffensive ditty if ever there was one.  He doesn't try to reinvent the wheel on this track, but what he does he does well.

In "Put You In a Song," Keith takes on the role of a lovestruck man who crosses paths with a girl who's "lookin' so fine."  He wishes he could put her in a song, or more specifically, 'put her in his car, and drive, and turn her up loud.'  Make sense?  Not a whole lot.

There may not be much lyrical furniture here, but what really makes this track is the energy and excitement in Keith's performance, not the mention the wildly hooky melody that just begs you to sing along.  When Keith shouts "I love this girl!" to the whole wide world, he sounds like he means it.  The upbeat musical arrangement, featuring catchy guitar hooks paired with the beat of a cowbell, is perfectly on par with the energy in Keith's vocals.

There's no storyline to speak of, and there are no profound life lessons.  "Put You In a Song" doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is - three and a half minutes of rockin' fun.  It's definitely not cut out to be a country classic, and it probably won't even be one of Keith's best-remembered tunes.  Yes, it will probably get old after a while.  By the time it's done shooting up the charts, I'll probably hate it, and need some time away from it.  But for now, I'm just going to do what the song says - Put it in my car, and drive, and turn it up loud!

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)