Be Here

Be Here

by Keith UrbanKeith Urban


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Coming off the double-platinum success of 2002's Golden Road, Aussie country rocker Keith Urban builds on a winning formula with Be Here, one of the year's strongest mainstream offerings. Well-turned original songs, a couple of impressive covers, tight band work, expressive singing, and, of course, some exemplary guitar pickin' on Urban's part are the essential components here, and when they all mesh it's a beautiful thing. They do just that on "You're My Better Half," a sizzling, country-tinged rocker that finds Urban not only singing the praises of his beloved but stepping out with a joyous, soaring guitar solo. In a buoyant arrangement suited to a song titled "I Could Fly," Urban exults in the strengthening power of true love, backed by a funky little herky-jerky groove and a wailing slide guitar solo that jets toward the stratosphere. He conjures a seductive atmosphere, via twangy guitar playing and a heartfelt vocal, on a cover of Rodney Crowell's brilliant love song "Making Memories of Us" (hear the original version on the Notorious Cherry Bombs' debut). Heartbreak gets more than a fair hearing too, on Urban's wrenching, intimate piano ballad "Tonight I Wanna Cry," on which he touches some still-raw nerves in his account of a relationship's demise, his tear-stained vocal sounding close to the bone. He more than does justice to Elton John and Bernie Taupin's "Country Comfort" -- one of the strongest songs in EJ's early canon -- on which his boisterous vocal is set against swirling pedal steel lines and snarling guitar punctuations. Platinum shortage in America? Blame Keith Urban. He's gonna be stockpiling it soon.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2004
Label: Liberty
UPC: 0724357748926
catalogNumber: 77489
Rank: 13412


  1. Days Go By
  2. Better Life
  3. Making Memories of Us
  4. God's Been Good to Me
  5. The Hard Way
  6. You're My Better Half
  7. I Could Fly
  8. Tonight I Wanna Cry
  9. She's Gotta Be
  10. Nobody Drinks Alone
  11. Country Comfort
  12. Live to Love Another Day
  13. These Are the Days

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Urban   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Slide Guitar,E-bow,Soloist,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Vocal Harmony
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Eric Darken   Percussion
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Bruce Bouton   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Paul Bushnell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Larry Corbett   Cello
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Endre Granat   Violin
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Dann Huff   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Roland Kato   Viola
Peter Kent   Violin
Steven King   Accordion
Chris McHugh   Percussion,Drums
Steve Nathan   Piano
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Cello
Jimmy Nichols   Piano,Keyboards,Synthesizer Strings
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Tim Akers   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Bob Peterson   Violin
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Rudy Stein   Cello
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,wah wah guitar
Dan Smith   Cello
Robert Matsuda   Violin
Steve Richards   Cello
Charles Stegeman   Violin
Rachel Stegeman   Violin
Daniel Smith   Cello
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Matraca Berg   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Darrell Brown   Composer
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger,String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Betsy Cook   Management
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer,Audio Production
Richard Marx   Composer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Monty Powell   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Suzie Katayama   Orchestral Coordinator
John Shanks   Composer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Keith Urban   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jim Collins   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Brady Barnett   Engineer
Darin Murphy   Booking
Gary Borman   Management
Joanna Carter   Art Direction

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