Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing

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Adam R. Holz
Bob Smithouser

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

Urban has a long-term view of romance and asks for the chance to prove his worth (“Used to the Pain,” “Once in a Lifetime,” “Faster Car”). Friends enjoy an old-fashioned hoedown on “Raise the Barn.” Other tracks praise the Lord for ladies (“God Made Woman”), tell discouraged people to seek community (“Everybody”) and chastise a scoundrel for recklessly breaking the heart of an innocent girl (“Stupid Boy”). The simple pleasures of romantic companionship occupy “Tu Compañía” (“Your feet propped up on that kitchen chair/Mornin’ papers scattered all around you/Coffee brewin’ on the cast-iron stove … I just love your company”). “I Told You So” sees wisdom in sticking together through the ups and downs of marriage, while “Shine” and “Won’t Let You Down” pledge support to a partner. The latter states, “Don’t take for granted those who keep their faith in you.”

Objectionable Content

The singer speaks of people doing “a little hand holdin’ [and] hay rollin'” on “Raise the Barn.” Cigarettes and a mild profanity ding “Faster Car.”

Summary Advisory

Better known to tabloid readers as Mr. Nicole Kidman (the two Aussies married last summer), this guy appreciates love and what it takes to make it work over the long haul. Grace. Trust. Perseverance. Transparency. Good friends. A few minor flaws, but country fans could do far worse than Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing.

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Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.

Bob Smithouser
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