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Classic Christmas Rewind: Johnny Cash and Friends – ‘Children Go Where I Send Thee’

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Single Review: Keith Urban – ‘Til Summer Comes Around’

For the fourth single from his very successful Defying Gravity album, Keith and his label have chosen the introspective ‘Til Summer Comes Around’.  It’s a sign of the changing seasons when more and more artists begin sending ballads to radio.  Slow songs always work better in the colder months.  It was deep in the winter of 2004 when the last Urban single I liked this much was released.  This song reminds me of ‘You’ll Think Of Me’ for several reasons, and it’s mostly the melody that jogs my memory. Mostly. Much has been said about Urban’s music being ultra-positive, and his releases lately clearly reflect someone who’s satisfied with their current situation, and who doesn’t want to change things up much.

I’ve heard the summer’s over and my new love is gone theme before, many times actually. But it’s the sort of tried and true theme that almost always works, and this is no exception. The brooding narrative tells of two young lovers and the singer’s memories all revolve around their time spent at the carnival, and his eventual employment there after the romance is over. Later in the song, we find him on the boardwalk in the wintertime, longing for the warm days and his sweetheart to return. Writers Keith Urban and Monty Powell managed to create images of a small-town boy working at the local carnival, as Keith sings of ‘greasing the gears’ and ‘fixing the lights’ and indeed, the song captures the experience and the feeling the summertime fair circuit gives you. Still, it maintains the melancholy feel of the best of Urban’s excellent ballads.

The five and a half minute album version begins with faint yells and sound effects from a crowded carnival. I assume the radio version will edit this out, and shorten the somewhat indulgent length a bit. Keith’s effective vocal is framed by some blistering electric guitar work between verses, a staple of his sound at this point. With ‘Til Summer Comes Around’, Keith Urban has given us one of the finest singles of his career, in my opinion, and a gentle reminder of his impressive talents.

Grade: A

Listen to ‘Til Summer Comes Around’ at Last FM.