EMI – 2005 – 65 minutes

If playing support to Bryan Adams, appearances on national television and radioplay weren't enough to introduce us to Keith Urban, he's a country/rock musician who's had massive success in the US and his native Australia. 'Days Go By' should secure his success in this part of the world too.

The album is a compilation of two earlier albums with 10 songs coming from 2004's 'Be Here' and five from 2002's 'Golden Road'. First single 'Days Go By' sets the tone of the album with plenty of feelgood lyrics.

Among the highlights are 'You'll Think Of Me', 'Nobody Drinks Alone' and 'She's Gotta Be'. Urban's country twang and ad-lib humming are endearing and his enthusiasm is infectious.

A few of the lyrics are a little cheesy: "I'm here to let you know that you can make it through/If you believe that someone's watchin' over you" ('You're Not Alone Tonight') for example, but that's easy to forgive with such catchy tunes and rhythms.

'Days Go By' couldn't have come at a better time to raise our spirits this dismal summer. It's perfect driving music too.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: Days Go By (Jeremy Wheatley Mix) – Somebody Like You – Raining On Sunday – You're My Better Half – You'll Think of Me – You Won – Making Memories Of Us – You (or somebody like you) – Nobody Drinks Alone – She's Gotta Be – Tonight I Wanna Cry – You're Not Alone Tonight – Better Life – Live to Love Another Day – These Are the Days