“Little Bit of Everything”~ Keith Urban: Single Review

“Little Bit of Everything”: Keith Urban ~ Single Review

It has been nearly two years since the great Keith Urban has released new music to radio, with the exception of the powerful, yet forgettable, “For You”, a song penned for the soundtrack of the 2012 military film, “Act of Valor”. I, for one, have missed Keith, passing the time by blasting Defying Gravity (in my opinion, his best work) on repeat and watching him play the role of the sole authentic and beneficial judge to grace the American Idol panel since Simon Cowell’s departure. As the Idol finale draws nearer (Thursday, 8/7 CT on Fox) and his Light the Fuse Tour prepares for unveiling in July, Keith is back with brand new music and a familiar vibe that has been missing from country radio.

“Little Bit of Everything” is the first single from Keith’s upcoming and untitled ninth studio album. The song is comfortingly Keith, from the opening guitar plucks to the closing electric notes, all the while adding another song to the now-staple category, country-pop. The lyrics encompass the familiar, almost hackneyed, topic that saturates the radio at this time of the year: the desires to kick back, relax, and not have a single care in the world. Keith and his co-writers paint a typical picture lyrically, describing the lonely narrator wistfully wishing for nothing more than to chill out with a strong drink and a good song without guilt or responsibilities. I don’t need much of anything/I just wanna sing a little chill song/get my groove on/pour something strong/down in my drink. The lyrics are simple, yet relatable; Keith’s delivery improves the somewhat lazy song, enveloping listeners with his sultry voice and making them crave to be on a beach somewhere with a martini in one hand and an iPod in the other.

While the story is one I have heard multiple times, I am willing to forgive Keith, if only because I’ve missed hearing him on my local country station. “Little Bit of Everything” is destined to be a summer hit, joining a group of mediocre, but adequate songs like Brad Paisley’s, “Beat This Summer”, Blake Shelton’s, “Boys ‘Round Here”, and Zac Brown Band’s, “Jump Right In” on country music’s summer playlist of 2013.

Grade: B


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