Keith Urban has grown tremendously as a singer over the past decade. On “Kiss a Girl”, he milks his vocal talent for all that it’s worth. The emotion in his voice is so palpable that it makes you want to root for the heartbroken. It’s the vocal performance that elevates this one to being memorable, though there are some solid pop hooks that reinforce the enthusiasm in his voice.
The song by itself wouldn’t hold up well when performed by a lesser vocalist, so this doesn’t even approach the giddy heights that Urban reaches when paired with stronger material. So while this is a solid record, it’s hard not to be a little disappointed, simply because Urban is capable of so much more.
Listen: Kiss a Girl