It isn’t a secret that Keith Urban was dealing with a lot of personal issues when he hit the peak of his career with his albums Golden Road and Be Here, which spawned some of his finest singles to date. Since then he’s turned his life around for the better, but his career has taken a bit of a slide because of some less-than-stellar singles. Fortunately, Keith’s newest single “You Gonna Fly” finds the singer slightly returning to the form that made him a superstar.
“You Gonna Fly” finally finds Urban delivering a performance that measures up to the ones he delivered on songs like “Somebody Like You” and “Days Go By.” Here, Keith tackles the uptempo country-pop ditty with the same fun and unrestrained emotion that helped get those songs to the top of the country charts back in 2003 and 2004. That same raw emotion hasn’t been heard on an Urban single since 2008’s “You Look Good In My Shirt,” which makes me hopeful that the singer is returning to the formula that helped him win the 2005 CMA Entertainer of the Year award.
The song’s production includes everything we’d expect from a Keith Urban song: plenty of guitar shredding, a catchy pop melody, and plenty of country instrumentation mixed in for good measure. The production doesn’t offer us anything unique by any means (after all, we hear it on nearly every Urban single) but this time the energetic performance gives it some life and makes it sound like we’ve never heard a Keith single done like this before.
After offering disappointing album after disappoint album, I think “You Gonna Fly” offers a glimmer of hope that whatever Keith gives us next could be a huge improvement. If not, at least we can say he attempted to give us the old Keith we fell in love with on this sure-to-be-number-one single.