Review: Keith Urban, “‘Til Summer Comes Around”

Urban’s recent output has been upbeat and bright, so it’s a sucker punch to hear him in full melancholic mode again.  But like John Mellencamp once sang, “It hurts so good.”

“‘Til Summer Comes Around” is  a sadly beautiful tale about a man who lives in a summer town and falls in love with a girl who’ll be leaving at the end of the season. Using the emptiness of “everything is closing down” as a backdrop, Urban’s heartbreak becomes one with the town. Just as the carnival rides are shut down and have to wait out the fall, winter, and spring, so does Urban have to wait for his love that promises to come back.

Only she doesn’t, making the summer somehow sadder than the seasons he’s already waited out.  Whereas he’s now surrounded by the town’s vibrancy and life that is there every summer, the hope that kept him going during the off-season has disappeared.

Written by Monty Powell and Keith Urban

Grade: A

Listen: ‘Til Summer Comes Around


  1. Great song. I’m not a big fan of Urban’s but this is one of his best single releases.

    I also find it interesting that this song will chart for most of the time “til summer comes around…” :)

  2. Beautiful song and I agree with Chris, Keith doesn’t ever do a bad song. This song done live at Keith’s concert is beyond amazing.

  3. I love this song, it is so beautiful. I can not wait to see the video. Keith is a fantastic entertainer and he doesn’t have a bad song!

  4. As much as I like Keith as an artist and person, this song does nothing for me. I see it as “just another song” about summer love. There is nothing particularly unique about the melody, production or lyrics. It’s dissapointing, considering how much hype there was from Keith’s fans to release it as a single; I was expecting so much more.

  5. You have to see Keith perform this song live to have a better appreciation for it. Keith had to cut the guitar solo for the radio and video versions. Seeing that guitat solo live in concert is just simply amazing!!! Anyone that has seen this knows what I am talking about!!!

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