April 16, 2009 — In comparison to pop and rock music, country is fairly organic, which makes Keith Urban's approach to his recent No. 1 single "Sweet Thing" a bit unusual.
The song was built around a drum loop, more akin to a Phil Collins '80s song than, say, a Waylon Jennings record. Its slightly offbeat genesis is part of what made it such an intriguing song for Keith.
"I w as looking forward to recording that song 'cause I wrote it with Monty Powell," Keith told Suzanne Alexander on the national radio show GAC Nights: Live From Nashville. "We record on these little shoebox recorders, you know, those little cassette tapes? I've got a whole bunch of those. I've always written with those. Finding cassette tape is tricky these days, but I've got a box and tons of 'em. So there's just sort of this drum machine loop and us playing and singing on it, and just from there, I felt like we had a song that would be a potential single."