'Til Summer Comes Around

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"'Til Summer Comes Around"
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Defying Gravity
Released November 23, 2009 (2009-11-23)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 5:31 (album version)
3:53 (single edit)
Label Capitol Records Nashville
Writer(s) Monty Powell, Keith Urban
Producer(s) Dann Huff, Keith Urban
Keith Urban singles chronology
"Only You Can Love Me This Way"
(2009)
"'Til Summer Comes Around"
(2009)
"I'm In"
(2010)

"'Til Summer Comes Around" is a song recorded by Australian country music singer Keith Urban, co-written by him and Monty Powell. It is the fourth single from his album Defying Gravity. The song debuted at number 41 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in November 2009.

Content[edit]

The narrator compares a quiet boardwalk in the wintertime to his "empty broken heart," remembering the times that he and his lover had at the carnival rides there while the boardwalk was open in the summertime. As the song progresses, it is revealed that he has remained in the town for several years, waiting for her to return, as promised, in the summer.[1] It is accompanied mostly by electric guitar and organ.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Noble Jones, was released on January 12, 2010. It won the Male Video of the Year Award at the 2010 CMT Music Awards. It debuted on CMT's Top Twenty Countdown at number 12 on the week of January 22, 2010, and has since reached number 3. It was filmed in Santa Monica, CA.

Critical reception[edit]

Thom Jurek of Allmusic referred to the song as "haunting, nocturnal, and dreamily textured" in his review of the album.[3] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock said that it was "more substantial" than the album's other three singles and "a standout even among his many great ballads."[2] Chris Neal, reviewing the single for Country Weekly, gave it four-and-a-half stars out of five, saying, "The words paint a vivid picture of a setting that perfectly mirrors the narrator's emotional state" and calling it "one of his best [singles] to date."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

"'Til Summer Comes Around" debuted at number 41 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated November 28, 2009. Before the song's release, a Keith Urban fan blog called Urban Country Blog had started a petition to release the song as a single.[1] It also debuted at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has peaked at number 58. It reached a peak of number three on the Hot Country Songs charts in 2010.

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 74
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 58
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 13

Awards[edit]

The song won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance on February 13, 2011.[8]

Preceded by
Sweet Thing
by Keith Urban
Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance
2011
Succeeded by
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Neal, Chris (2009-12-14). "Reviews — Singles". Country Weekly 16 (44): 54. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  2. ^ a b Peacock, Bobby (2009-11-19). "Keith Urban — "'Til Summer Comes Around"". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 23 November 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Defying Gravity review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Keith Urban Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Keith Urban. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "Keith Urban Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Keith Urban. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Keith Urban Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Keith Urban. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Archived from the original on 11 December 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ Tucker, Ken (13 February 2011). "Lady Antebellum Tops Grammys". Country Weekly. Retrieved 14 February 2011.