Written by J.T. Harding and Keith Urban
First off, let’s give Keith Urban a tremendous amount of credit for his sleight of hand song craft here.
The core of “Somewhere in My Car” is another one of those “drive out late night with a girl and get a little crazy” numbers that we’ve heard a million times before. But Urban uses a clever framing device, with the protagonist being a lonely man who doesn’t want to go home, because all that’s waiting for him are the memories of when he and she were…cue “drive out late night with a girl and get a little crazy” chorus.
There’s a lot here to like, especially the contrast between the jaunty, driving rhythms and the melancholy feelings of loss. Urban’s still better at crafting a pop-flavored sound than any of his peers, thanks in no small part to his guitar prowess. Put it all together, and “Somewhere in My Car” is an interesting record that stands out from the pack.
But for my money, the song is at its most interesting when exploring the feelings created by the memory, rather than recounting the memory itself. He can rock with the best of them, but it’s his mournful side that keeps him tethered to country. More of that, please.