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    Recording information: Ben's Studio, Nashville, TN; Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Can-Am Studios, Tarzana, CA; Pain In The Art Studios, Nashville, TN; Quad Recording Studios; Quad Studios; Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY; Rubyred Studios; St. Charles, Nashville, TN; Studio Wishbone; The Abbey, Nashville, TN; The Green Barn Studio, Nashville, TN; The Pizza Kitchen; The Red Room; The Village, West Los Angeles, CA; Tragedy/Tragedy Studio, Nashville, TN; Traxidermy Studios, Nashville, TN; Westlake Studios, Hollywood, CA. Photographer: Luis Sanchis. The Fuse, Keith Urban's first album in three years, delivers a slicker, more sophisticated version of his solitary demo recording process as a radical sounding change in direction. Throughout, he melds drum machines, synths and samplers with his guitars, banjos, mandolins and voice. Urban's experience as a judge on American Idol also contributes to his song and production choices--he's heard enough commercial pop to know what works. If ever a contemporary country record was strategically created to crossover, this is it. Recorded in California and Nashville, Urban employed a slew of co-producers, songwriters, and co-writers. The set's clever first single, "Little Bit Of Everything" with its punchy handclaps, hip hop rhythms and pulsing synth, underscores his banjo and stinging guitar; his voice accents the hook and rings clear above it all. "Even The Stars Fall 4 U," is introduced by thrumming, brittle loops, enormous handclaps, a nasty guitar vamp, and a chorus shouting "Hey!" Though the banjo-drenched melody is subtler, the anthemic chorus explodes. The muted drum loop that fuels the shimmering "Cop Car," is layered in atmospherics worthy of Achtung Baby, but the melody is pure country. Miranda Lambert duets on what initially appears to be the purest country tune on the set, but that's a feint as well. The chorus is pure pop, with crisscrossing cut-time rhythms accenting the end of every line. The layered, mid tempo ballad, "Shame" was co-written and co-produced by the Norwegian hip hop/ R&B team Stargate, with synths hovering through the loop-saturated backdrop. Another ballad, "Come Back To Me," co-produced by Urban and Butch Walker, is deeply indebted to Daniel Lanois' warm-as-bathwater production style, with subdued sopnics, edgeless rhythms, rounded and heavily reverbed guitars and keys. Only his voice is crystalline. The hook is less pronounced but ever present, with a restrained dynamic slowly building to a climax. Contrast this with "Red Camaro," with its rattling banjo, bright, 90s-era drum loop, zig-zagging synths, a fiddle that sounds like an outtake from Dexy's Too-Rye-Aye, and a crisp meld of acoustic and electric guitars under Urban's multi-tracked (and perhaps pitch-enhanced) vocals. The numerous production dimensions here sometimes mask this set's almost uniformly good songs---the muddied textures that overshadow "Raise 'Em Up"--an otherwise fine duet with Eric Church. The set finishes strong with the "Heart Like Mine," another galloping anthem whose rhythmic punch and cadence sound like they came from Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill." For all the piecemeal recording, technological obsession and sheer ambition on the Fuse, Urban manages to fashion it all into a (mostly) working whole and maintain his identity as a contemporary country artist, even as he reaches for the mainstream pop fences. ~ Thom Jurek

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    UPC 5099991220028
    Runtime 47 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Country
    Sub Genre Contemporary Country
    Label Capitol Records Nashville
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Somewhere in My Car
    • 2. Even the Stars Fall 4 U
    • 3. Cop Car
    • 4. Shame
    • 5. Good Thing
    • 6. We Were Us
    • 7. Love's Poster Child
    • 8. She's My 11
    • 9. Come Back to Me
    • 10. Red Camaro
    • 11. Little Bit of Everything
    • 12. Raise 'Em Up
    • 13. Heart Like Mine
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Urban, Keith

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    • Keith Urban Fuse

      I have been a Keith Urban fan since he first came on this scene. This cd is the best one so far! Love the duets with Miranda Lambert and Eric Church and Cop Car is fantastic. Then again all the songs are fantastic and none disappoint!

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