Be Here

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Be Here

Original cover
Studio album by Keith Urban
Released US: 21 September 2004
Australia: 30 November 2004
Genre Country
Length 56:20
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Dann Huff
Keith Urban
Keith Urban chronology
Golden Road
(2002)
Be Here
(2004)
Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing
(2006)
Australian cover
Singles from Be Here
  1. "Days Go By"
    Released: 29 June 2004
  2. "You're My Better Half"
    Released: 25 October 2004
  3. "Making Memories of Us"
    Released: 21 March 2005
  4. "Better Life"
    Released: 30 July 2005
  5. "Tonight I Wanna Cry"
    Released: 21 November 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Be Here is the fourth solo album by New Zealand-born Australian country singer Keith Urban.

The album produced three number 1 singles on the Hot Country Songs charts: "Days Go By", "Making Memories of Us" and "Better Life", as well as the number 2 hits "You're My Better Half" and "Tonight I Wanna Cry"; "Live to Love Another Day" also peaked at number 48 on the country charts without being released to radio.

Content[edit]

"Making Memories of Us", written by Rodney Crowell, was originally recorded by Tracy Byrd on his 2003 album The Truth About Men. It was also recorded by Crowell himself, along with his backing band The Notorious Cherry Bombs, on their 2004 self-titled album. Urban produced "God's Been Good to Me" and "Live to Love Another Day" by himself, and co-produced the rest of the album with Dann Huff.[3]

Nine of the album's songs were penned by Urban. The album was certified 4× Platinum by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[4] and remains as Urban's best-selling album to date, with sales of 3,639,000 copies in the United States, as of July 2009;[5] it also reached number 8 on the Canadian album chart, number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart and number 3 on the Billboard 200.

Cover art[edit]

Two covers of this album exist. The original shipped with a color cover art featuring Urban sitting at a coffee shop table. The second cover, for the Australian release shipped with a monochrome cover art with a photograph of Urban driving in a car. The color image is also featured on Urban's 2005 compilation, Days Go By.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Days Go By"   Keith Urban, Monty Powell 3:44
2. "Better Life"   Urban, Richard Marx 4:43
3. "Making Memories of Us"   Rodney Crowell 4:11
4. "God's Been Good to Me"   Urban 3:38
5. "The Hard Way"   Rivers Rutherford, Gordie Sampson 4:37
6. "You're My Better Half"   Urban, John Shanks 4:12
7. "I Could Fly"   Urban, Shanks 5:19
8. "Tonight I Wanna Cry"   Urban, Powell 4:19
9. "She's Gotta Be"   Urban, Powell 4:52
10. "Nobody Drinks Alone"   Matraca Berg, Jim Collins 5:21
11. "Country Comfort"   Elton John, Bernie Taupin 4:23
12. "Live to Love Another Day"   Urban, Darrell Brown 3:29
13. "These Are the Days"   Urban, Powell 2:49
14. "You (Or Somebody Like You)" (bonus track available only on Australian release) Sampson, Blair Daly, Troy Verges 4:51

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[6] 11
Canadian Albums Chart 8
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 3

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US AC US Adult AUS NL
2004 "Days Go By" 1 31 56 99
"You're My Better Half" 2 33 34
2005 "Making Memories of Us" 1 34 5 22 54
"Better Life" 1 44
"Tonight I Wanna Cry" 2 36
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Australia (ARIA)[7] 3× Platinum
Canada (Music Canada)[8] 2× Platinum
United States (RIAA)[9] 4× Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Be Here (CD booklet). Keith Urban. Capitol Records. 2004. 77489. 
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Keith Urban – Be Here". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  5. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: The Top 20 New Acts Of The 2000s". Chart Watch. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  6. ^ "australian-charts.com - Keith Urban - Be Here". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Keith Urban – Be Here". Music Canada. 
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Keith Urban – Be Here". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Live Like You Were Dying
by Tim McGraw
Top Country Albums number-one album
9–15 October 2004
Succeeded by
Feels Like Today
by Rascal Flatts