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article imageReview: Keith Urban's 'Fuse' is solid with a few surprising sparks

By Andrew Ellis     Sep 13, 2013 in Entertainment
'Fuse,' released Tuesday September 11th, is Keith Urban's first album since making his name as a talent judge on Australia's version of The Voice and American Idol.
Fans of country music's favorite Aussie will enjoy his latest effort as he stays with his signature sound, and has a few chart-topping friends stop by as well. Here are the ones that stood out.
The album opener “Somewhere In My Car” begins with one of Urban's signature banjo rolls and what sounds like a distant clap. As the song moves along it becomes one of the more energetic selections on the album with its chorus and his crowd favorite guitar riffs.
The third song “Cop Car” is another stand out. It's a slow to mid-tempo number about breaking the law and getting caught, but falling for the girl even though you knew you were in trouble in more ways than one.
“Good Thing” is one that seems to lean more on the pop side than country, complete with what sounds like a beat that came from a drum machine, but that's come to be part of his sound. It is one of the most fun songs on the album due to different techniques that were used production wise.
The first collaboration, and probably a future #1, is “We Were Us” featuring one of the countriest women on the scene right now, Miranda Lambert. This definitely leans more on the country side thanks to an obvious banjo presence, and of course Lambert, whose voice automatically countrifies any words that come out of her mouth.
Another hopefully future hit is “Love's Poster Child” which is a lively and playful song that is sure to make the females at Urban's shows go wild.
“Come Back To Me” is the first legitimate slow song on the album. It's effortlessly carried by Urban's flawless vocals and could possibly lead to many lighters, or smartphone lights, being waved in the air.
The next collaboration comes with the song “Raise 'Em Up” with Eric Church. It's another possible future single, but it is weird to hear Church's voice on a song with a poppier sound it.
The regular version of the album concludes with “Heart Like Mine.” It's a great song about a man admitting he has faults and begging for another chance. It may not be a single, but it is great way to round out the album.
The Deluxe Edition of the album contains three extra songs. There's “Black Leather Jacket” which is about how a piece of clothing you grew up with can bring you back in time. “Gonna Be Good” and “Good Luck Charm” are upbeat songs that are sure to bring the energy to the live shows.
The album as a whole is great, and it's nice to see that while he may have tried some new things he didn't stray too far from what he's become known for. Miranda and Eric were great ideas for collaborations which hopefully he does more of in the future. Fans had to be patient with Keith this time around, and that patience has been very kindly rewarded.
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