Keith Urban delivered fun, foot-stomping performances of two feel-good tracks from his brand-new album, Graffiti U, during his recent guest spot on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The Aussie native singer-songwriter brought his irresistible brand of country music superstar swagger to the stage as he sang and strummed the funky, anthemic track “Never Comin’ Down (Watch it above). He also served up a groovy, sun-kissed vibe with “My Wave.” (Watch it below).
“Never Comin Down” paints a vivid, rhythmic, lyrical picture of a perfect night “when the sun goes down, stars come out” as you dance, sing and party with your pals. It’s a fantastic arms-waving, body-swaying live show song, or great thumbs drumming on the steering wheel summer road trip tune.
“My Wave,” which features a rap section from Shy Carter which is performed by Urban’s keyboard player on “Late Night,” is a song about embracing everything that made you who you are and “roll with the punches” in life instead of fighting “against the tide.” It also talks about love’s healing power in the second verse: “So when it rains, when there's a hurricane/You got to find your wave and just surf it/Put some love in the world, find a boy or a girl/To heal all the hurt 'cause you know you deserve it.” There’s an easy, loose, reggae vibe to this song, which would be a sweet musical backdrop to a volleyball game or picnic on the beach.
Graffiti U dropped on April 27 as Urban’s landmark tenth studio album and a follow up to his Grammy-nominated 2016 album Ripcord. The “Blue Ain’t Your Color” crooner described the new album in a Pandora interview saying, “It’s very self-expressive. There’s no parameters, no boundaries. I don’t feel any sense of anything, other than creating. And the ‘U’ is just to personalize it. It’s the first letter of my last name, but it’s also you, the listener.”
Urban has released three singles from the album with “Female” as its bold lead single. The empowering track was co-written by Shane McAnally, Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman and celebrates women. The tender ballad, “Parallel Line,” and a duet with Julia Michaels, “Coming Home,” followed. Urban recently won a 2018 ACM Award for Vocal Event of the Year for his duet with Carrie Underwood for “The Fighter.” He’s touring this year to support Graffiti U, including a stop at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 6. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS).