Keith Urban seems to be trying to light up the country music world with his latest CD, “Fuse”. Released in September, the new album has already given Keith his 15th No. 1 single, “A Little Bit of Everything”.
When listening to the CD, it doesn’t take long to realize that Keith is working hard at blending his country with other musical styles. He isn’t the only artist you will hear on “Fuse”. He has borrowed the talents of Miranda Lambert and Eric Church, who each join him as a featured vocalist on one of the songs.
“These songs just connected with me, whether for their energy or for what they were saying or just for the fact that they made me feel good,” Keith said. “All of them have merit and even though we recorded a lot of songs, slowly this particular group started to come together.”
Miranda leads off “We Were Us,” but after only about 25 seconds of her solo, Keith joins in the duet. After that, he takes over with his solo, only to be followed by the two of them singing together again after that. The song is mid-tempo; the lyrics are about a couple who has gone their separate ways.
If you are an Eric Church fan, “Raise ‘Em Up” might end up being your favorite song on the album. It sounds like something Keith would record, and release as a solo artist. It isn’t really a song he needed help with, but Eric adds his own personal style to an already good song.
The album has 13 songs, the deluxe edition has 15. Songs you will hear are Somewhere In My Car, Even the Stars Fall 4 U, Cop Car, Shame, Good Thing, We Were us, Love’s Poster Child, She’s My 11, Come Back to Me, Red Camaro, Little Bit of Everything, Raise ‘Em Up, and Heart Like Mine. The deluxe edition adds Black Leather Jacket, Gonna B Good and Lucky Charm.
“Love’s Poster Child” reminds me of something Jason Aldean would do, and even definitely sounds like Jason’s “She’s Country”. Keith is talking a little during this song, but it is talking and not something that could be described as rap music. Seems the Australian native has been in Nashville long enough to pick up a little of that southern accent, too.
I listened to the album several times before coming up with a personal favorite. For me, it wasn’t one that incorporated the help of another country superstar. It was a banjo, and vocals that reminded me why I like Keith Urban. “Somewhere in my Car” will take you back to the first time you heard Keith sing, and he still finds an opportunity in this song to show you what a great guitarist he is.
“She’s My 11” really needs no explanation. Simply put, she’s better than a 10. The song is faster, you will want to clap with it, and you will probably want to sing with it. There are places with a few “whoa-oh-ohs” that you can sing before you even learn the lyrics. This one, like “Somewhere in my Car”, gives us another opportunity to hear how strong Keith is vocally. I would like to see Keith release this as a single.
Keith will be bringing his Light the Fuse Tour to Knoxville’s Thompson-Bolling Arena on Jan. 31. He has Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town opening for him. Tickets for that show are on sale now. For more about Keith, visit his web site at www.keithurban.net, and follow him on Twitter @KeithUrban.
The pictures used in this post are from Keith’s last show in Knoxville, and were contributed by one of my readers.
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