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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.

13 responses to “Single Review: Keith Urban – ‘Til Summer Comes Around’

  1. gloria December 8, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I love, love this song!! I’ve seen Keith perform this in concert several times this summer and I just can’t get enough of it! He mesmerizes me with his singing and musicianship like no other. Great song and sung just beautifully by Keith!! I hope this song will go over on radio like it does in concert. I’ll miss the part when he wails on that guitar at the end and sends his audience into another world!! Great review!

  2. Michael December 8, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I love this song too! It’s one of only a few currently played on mainstream country radio that cause me to stop channel surfing. It’s been a few years since I’ve liked a Keith Urban single this much (probably something from Love Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing). It has an almost dreamlike quality to it. Reminds me of Kenny Chesney’s “Anything But Mine” except better executed.

  3. highwayman3 December 8, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I’m just not a fan of this one altogether, I find it boring and dont want to ever hear it again. When I seen him in concert I was checking my cell phone during this song. It’s such a weight and long and the guitar solos is too much. I’m all for depressing country heartbreak songs but when you take away the steel guitar and fiddles it doesnt engage me.

  4. judy December 8, 2009 at 11:01 am

    this is truly a beautiful song and even in the radio version which you miss the exdellent guitar work keith still gives you a taste of the feeling in the song .keith playes the guitar like it is part of him and the feeling of the song.

  5. Pam December 8, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Amazing song. This is one of my all time favorite Keith Urban songs. To each their own I guess highwayman3. You missed out.

  6. highwayman3 December 8, 2009 at 11:32 am

    hey Pam, thanks for being respectful and not attacking me for not liking the song. I get tired of these crazed fans who go nuts when you mention something negative rergarding one of their fav’s. To each is own is right, and I’m sorry for not liking it, I just dont.

  7. lisa December 8, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    This is another amazing song by Mr. urban. While I am enjoying the radio version I am completely addicted to the guitar work included on the track. Amazing and heartfelt…Kudos to Keith!!

  8. Melissa December 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    “Til Summer Comes Around” is a beautiful song! Thank You.

  9. kat December 9, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I love this song. And if you really liked the album version, you should hear him wail on that guitar live in concert. OH MAN. can he play. Awesome song. Sounds great on radio too even though a lot of the guiar is edited out.

  10. Susan March 29, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I’m not the biggest fan of Keith Urban, but I find this single absolutely outstanding. This could almost be considered a DUET. The creative collaboration between Urban and his guitar boggles the mind and raises the bar for all artists in the industry. Now this single is on my top country song list along side Gary Allan’s – Smoke Rings In The Dark and George Straits -Living For The Night.

  11. debi April 24, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I loveeeeee this song!!

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