Keith Urban – “I’m In”
Songwriters: Radney Foster & Georgia Middleman.
The last time Keith Urban covered a Radney Foster song, the result was “Raining on Sunday,” a #3 hit for him in 2003. The question would be why it took him so long to go back to that particular well, but the timing is actually perfect. Presumably, all royalties from Urban’s new single, “I’m In,” will go to clean up Foster’s basement.
The song previously has been recorded by Foster with Abra Moore, and was later a minor success as a single for twin sister duo The Kinleys. In other words, this is probably the first version of the song that most mainstream country fans have ever heard. While not as good as the original, it’s a good introduction to the song. Foster has written many songs that realistically portray the wealth of human emotion, and this one fairly accurately describes that first heady rush of love, when you can’t quite put into words what you’re feeling in your heart.
Urban follows the blueprint set by the previous versions when it comes to delivering his energetic, uptempo vocal performance, not drifting too far from the mark at any point. The bridge is the key part of the song, and Urban nails it, singing with the longing and urgency of someone making his declaration of love and promising to “show you how good it can be.”
Unfortunately, he follows that tender moment up with a screaming guitar solo that sounds more like a Richie Sambora outtake than anything else. It’s completely out of place with the rest of the track and overwhelms the second half of it. Just because you’re a guitar virtuoso, you don’t have to demonstrate it on every cut.
Several of the singles from Urban’s Defying Gravity have been middle-of-the-road affairs, neither offending nor exciting. “’Til Summer Comes Around” and “I’m In” have been much better releases, and if Urban continues to explore the country-pop world, one hopes that he’ll continue to head in that musical direction.
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