Saturday, August 16, 2008

Waiting - Part 2

‘Don't believe the lies’ made some excellent points I wanted to expand upon. I am also not a fan of the Love Pain album. I think he was torn in so many different directions he couldn't concentrate on the music. I think he was distracted, stressed, and not in a particularly good place and the music muse just wasn't rising to the occasion and performing on demand. I, too, would rather wait longer for good music than get something crappy out quickly. Well, we have already been told it will be longer than the customary two years between studio albums. Will the album be worth the wait? Based on Sunshine? Maybe not. Can Keith get back to his pre-Nicole success?

Before Nic, Keith toured. A LOT. Keith said while recording Be Here he would literally come in off tour, go straight to the recording studio, work on the album, then leave to go back out of tour. He didn't like it, but he did it and it was a great album. After Nic, the touring schedule was greatly cut back. Some of that was a result of the wedding and his rehab but Keith said himself that this year was either commuting back and forth between the US and Oz or not touring at all. Could a musician and performer really go almost a whole year without touring? I don't see how. He took time off from touring to record Love Pain and the quality of creativity was so much lower than that of which he has proven himself capable. Despite what he said he had not found the balance between career and personal life he claims he had. Will balance be found while recording the next album? So far, I'd say no.

Before Nic, Keith seemed to release singles more frequently and we looked forward to the next single. Videos for singles came out closer to the single release date as well. After Nic, singles seem to take forever to get released and the anticipation levels just aren't there as strongly anymore. It takes longer for videos to get filmed and released than it used to as well. Once upon a time videos and singles were out at the same time, playing off each other, to help the song climb the charts. What a concept! Now a song is well on its way up the chart before video filming even begins. So, he's touring less, taking longer to release singles, and videos come out weeks after singles are released.

Remember the pre-NK videos? The ones with story lines, artistic vision, and acting? More than just concert video footage like Somebody Like You, You'll Think of Me, Making Memories, Tonight I Wanna Cry, and Raining on Sunday. Since NK almost all we get is: set up the video camera and record video. Once In A Lifetime and I Told You So had a little story line but Stupid Boy and Everybody and now Shirt were pretty much set up the camera and let it roll. No real effort, time commitment, or showcasing of creativity.

Four singles off LPATWCT and now one off of Greatest Hits (when it gets added to the GH album) in two years. Be Here had 5 in two years. LPATWCT has had no #1 singles. Even if Shirt bumps Taylor Swift out of the #1 spot that still stands since Shirt isn't on that album. Be Here had three #1 singles and Golden Road had four. Even self titled Keith Urban, aka Blue, had one #1 hit. So, so far, the latest album has done worse chart wise then all his other US solo album releases including the first one when fewer people knew who he was. Let's hope the next two years are much, much better than the last two.

27 comments:

don't believe the lies said...

I was just speaking from the heart. I just miss getting excited about his music. It seems like forever since I was. His sideshow personal life seemed to take over and overflow into his professional life. It was hard to tell the difference between the two...and it still is. His last album reflected that IMO.

I saw Keith at a Kenny show recently and saw a little bit of the Keith I use to see at every show. The Keith I use to travel to see. I felt a little bit of that something that you only get at a Keith show. Could be that he only played the older stuff. Nothing off the latest bomb.

Like I said in the other blog I'd wait for some really genuine, good, straight from the heart stuff than a quickly packaged not sincere effort.

Katy said...

give the guy a chance. he's been caught up in his personal life and understandably. it's been a whirlwind for him emotionally and naturally his professional life had to take second place. i agree, hope it's only temporarily---the novelty is bound to wear off soon---time will tell though. i'll support this guy all the way but i do feel embarrassed for him at times----people make a mockery of him as he caters to the queen. too bad they can't share the spotlight equally----he really does deserve equal billing.

Casse Role said...

Katy said...
people make a mockery of him as he caters to the queen. too bad they can't share the spotlight equally----he really does deserve equal billing.

And I'd like to know why can't they get equal billing? What made her so above him? I know she use to be on a "best dressed" list, but I never considered her more then an actress who married an A-1 Actor and her career bloomed.

Keith is a Singer/Songwriter with plenty of Hits and had done pretty darn good before her.
Why do people treat her as if she were royalty? I heard it is because of her Father? What is he in OZ?

Sorry if this is a little off topic.

rememberwhen said...

If Keith is still with Nicole, his career wont be any better than it is now. Nicole can't have Keith's career doing better than hers. And we all know her career is going down the drain!!!!!

CJ said...

"He's been caught up in his personal life and understandably. It's been a whirlwind for him emotionally and naturally his professional life had to take second place."

WHY is that understandable? Millions of people around the world balance career and personal lives - why can't Keith? Actually, hundreds of musicians balance work and family - why can't Keith? KU keeps SAYING he's found "balance" but I'm not buying it. It's always one or the other. I don't know how his marriage is doing, I only have my suspicions, but his career is quickly going down the drain. If the next album isn't very good Nic might as well have her bodyguards nail Keith's career coffin shut. But that's what she wants anyway - another victim of the Kidman Kurse.

doublewide said...

WHY is that understandable? Millions of people around the world balance career and personal lives - why can't Keith? Actually, hundreds of musicians balance work and family - why can't Keith? KU keeps SAYING he's found "balance" but I'm not buying it. It's always one or the other. I don't know how his marriage is doing, I only have my suspicions, but his career is quickly going down the drain. If the next album isn't very good Nic might as well have her bodyguards nail Keith's career coffin shut. But that's what she wants anyway - another victim of the Kidman Kurse

spot on cj.....it's not UNDERSTANDABLE at all....but then, of course, everything is all about NK....

off topic, i had a non fan of keith's ask me yesterday what the baby looked like.....they couldn't believe it when i said no pics, and only a sighting supposedly by the jackman's, crowe's and NK's family

euterpe2 said...

It is Keith who brings his personal life to the fore. Even when asked by reporters to comment, he drones on and on. A simple "We're doing well" would suffice. And then he should return to the subject at hand: the music and the industry. Yeah, I understand that people are curious...and nosy...and want info on what it's like to sleep with an Oscar winner. But he's not obligated to talk about it. He chooses to.

I have no problem with this man developing a private life. But where is the much-talked-about privacy on his part for his private life? What action is he talking to keep is on the down-low? Calling a radio station to bring attention to his desire for privacy was simply more proof of his hypocrisy.

Keith will continue to be known as Mr. Nicole Kidman as long as he continues to cast himself in that role...and in her shadow.

Lisa said...

Sorry to sound selfish but I agree with the last 2 posters. I also *still* dont think this is real. There is just something too 'sided' and 'pieced together' to believe it's a Unity. That's word that she hasnt been able to sell us, no matter what.

The latest pics of Tom/KatE seem to show Tom mirroring Keith. They've done this before. It's clear the Kurbahns/Cruises are at war and they are using us as their field.

Keith wasnt making THAT much money compared to NK. Supposedly, though, because didnt we find out they LIE on the list? Wouldnt that be something if it was a bidding challenge for the spot of #1?! Now we could see NK doing that for sure. Earning it...or anything seems to be the hard part.

As far as I know NK's dad is a plastic surgeon. There was always talk that he was the one that did her sex change procedure. I still think she has hormone issues and just CANT conceive. The statements of the miscarriages makes her appear 1)a woman...2) the victim. If I was Keith, I would be scared to leave too. Cant you imagine that she prolly hangs every little thing over his head if it's not perfect.

If she really wants to look like a mother, why doesnt she do SOMETHING that doesnt make keith look like HE is the one up all night AND.. breastfeeding.

don't believe the lies said...

I agree that as long as he's with her he will live in her shadow. Which is sad becuase he could be so big and do it all on his own.

I also agree about balancing a wonderful career and a family life. LOTS of people do it! He's got the money and the means to do it easier too. He can afford to pay and have things that most people don't. So not being able to have the best of both worlds and make it work efficently is crap.

I want good music and I want that entertainer back. It's not a lot to ask. He did it years before I think he could do it again. Besides he's the one who set the bar so high. Now it's up to him to live up to it or retire and go away completley. Half assing it is not the way. Mediocre is not Keiths style.

Sonora_Melody said...

"Lisa said...
As far as I know NK's dad is a plastic surgeon. There was always talk that he was the one that did her sex change procedure."

Spinning fantasies and lies again?

Nic's father, Dr. Antony Kidman, is a well-known psychologist and psychiatrist in Australia. He also has a background in biochemistry. He has never been a medical director nor practice surgery. Nic was born female and remains a female.

wastedemotion said...

sonora-
Have you seen Nicole "down there?" If not then you have no more proof than those that choose to believe otherwise.

stillhopefull said...
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Sonora_Melody said...

wasted emotion/waste the motion/ wasted:

Unlike some folks here, I don't waste my time making up fantasies and lies. I don't have to look 'down there'; I simply relied on publicly available information that has been available for over 20 years since she started in the entertainment field in Australia.

doublewide said...

NK may be female...but i know she likes the girls!

ROFL about her dad.....lord, does she ever need a psychiatrist, and sadly, now, so does her husband

wastedemotion said...

Publicly available information huh....of course that's an infallible source. Nobody could "doctor" a doucument.

Sonora_Melody said...

wasted emotion/waste the motion/ wasted:
"Publicly available information huh....of course that's an infallible source. Nobody could "doctor" a doucument."

More fantasies and conspiracies??

Well, I hope YOU have to go through a "down there" test to "prove" what you write down on an application form as your gender. A healthy dose of your own medicine would be good for you. :-)

wastedemotion said...

Sonora-
Some meds would do you good too!

hesaweiner said...

That's the problem. Sonora's meds aren't working. Must be the same happy pills Keify is on.

wastedemotion said...

New pics out at gossip girls from dinner last night....looks like maybe Keith's mom was with them......

maclen said...

Certainly, now that the Oz baby press tour has fizzled to nothing... and kidman is reduced to her typical out for "lunch/dinner photo ops or simply piggyback shilling and coattailing press from the Aussie olympic's team gold metal glory... the orb family are now allowed to tag along...

CJ said...

I'm glad to see mum was allowed to finally come visit and meet SR but where was dad, Shane, and Shane's family? I doubt they were there with Nic without Keith over the weekend but wouldn't a weekend visit make more sense? Of course I'm assuming someone in the Urbahn family has to work Mon-Fri.

That doesn't look like a food run to feed everyone back home - it looks like a go out to eat picture to me. So where was everyone else? At home enjoying the only time they may ever get with SR? Then why would mum go? Oh right, Nic has to get her photographed so we'd believe she actually got to see her son and granddaughter.

Did anyone else catch the "presumably sober" comment? Wonder what they meant by that.

maclen said...

Certainly cj, with kidman's back to normal emaciated and anorexic look, food was not the purpose of the "outing"... funny the GG post calls it a "romantic" outing for kidman and the orb, but if is in fact the orbs mom trailing the posing pair, GG perhaps didnt notice that or simply printed their leaked description. So I would gather kidman's photo ops are like Rorschach inkblot tests, different things to different people..so it can be a "romantic" dinner... or as kidman actually meant it.. a photo op with the orbs mom!

stillhopefull said...

Photo op for sure....with the orb pulling her along as usual while she smiles for the camera. Is it me or do the never look like a regular couple doing a regular thing like going out to eat???? She is always smiling at us and he is always pulling her along looking at the ground! I think I would be a little preturbed if my man was pulling me into the resturant and then pulling me out of of it every single time....would make me think he wants to hurry up and get it over w/! JMO

nikki said...

You know, I'm one of Keith's biggest fans, and I do like at least half of the songs off of LP&TWCT...but it's only sold like 2 million copies and it's been out for almost 2 years...I'll still see him live, because there's nobody quite like him in concert, but I have my suspicions of Nicole. I agree with almost everything you said. Since Nicole, everything has changed, he's day to 2 earrings instead of one, his songs are different, he doesn't tour as much, the concert video that was supposed to be released last Christmas still isn't out, he dresses different (big time), he doesn't ride his motorcycles hardly ever and his hair is getting shorter and shorter. I've seen him 4 times this year, and 3/4 times his hair was shorter than normal.

I saw him last saturday in houston and the thing is that he didn't mention Nicole, not one time. It was like the old Keith. His hair was longer, he had the chain on his pants, he smiled the ENTIRE time! I miss that, I miss that Keith.
WHAT IS GOING ON???

CJ said...

"I saw him last Saturday in Houston and the thing is that he didn't mention Nicole, not one time. It was like the old Keith. His hair was longer, he had the chain on his pants, he smiled the ENTIRE time! I miss that, I miss that Keith."

I find it odd that not one Texas newspaper did a concert review of Keith for this show. At least not that I can find - and I've looked! I miss the days he got concert reviews on most shows. I miss not being able to look forward to concert reviews. I saw 1 fan club member post a review Sat or Sun. In the past there would be several reviews posted within a few hours. I miss those days.

doublewide said...

i agree CJ

and they somtimes would even put his pic in the newspaper...imagine that

CJ said...

"and they sometimes would even put his pic in the newspaper...imagine that"

You mean his as in alone and not with her?!? Is that legal? (Maybe in the US. Probably not in Oz.)