“Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Written by Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” is the best vocal showcase that’s come Keith Urban’s way in a long time.
The simple arrangement stays out of his way, and he’s able to wrap his voice around a familiar but sturdy melody. His romantic delivery, pulsating with empathy and an undercurrent of desire, also serves the additional purpose of spackling the gaps in the lyrical structure. The metaphor makes for a catchy title and can sustain the song for a good portion of it, but the bottom falls out in the second verse. “If I were a painter, I wouldn’t change ya, I’d just paint you bright, baby,” simply doesn’t work.
Thankfully, Urban’s a good enough singer to pull even that ridiculous couplet off, and when he’s back on the solid ground of the chorus, all is well again. It’s a song that could’ve been perfect if the songwriters had done another draft, but even as is, it’s worth listening to, just to hear the man sing.