It’s been a long time since radio’s heard Keith Urban pour his heart into a ballad, and for all the splashy fun that came with his past few singles, it’s nice to hear him simply emote again. “Only You Can Love Me This Way” is a refreshingly stripped-down track that doesn’t consist of much beyond a simple melody, gentle guitar, and Urban’s tender vocals – raw with emotion and remarkably skillful in delivery.
Urban sells the song and then some, but the lyrics themselves are far from potent: “And you’re always in my heart/You’re always on my mind/When it all becomes too much/You’re never far behind.” It’s a testament to Urban’s artistry that he’s able to breathe life and passion into such nondescript lyrics, turning them into what feels like a tailor-made ode to his wife.
Written by Steve McEwan and John Reid
Listen: Only You Can Love Me This Way