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Format: CD
Sku: 252832237
UPC: 602537515776
UPC 14: 00602537515776
Release Date: 9/10/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
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 ~ (featuring Eric Church)
13. Heart like Mine
14. Black Leather Jacket
15. Gonna B Good
16. Lucky Charm
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographer: Luis Sanchis.
Muze PNote 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

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Miranda Lambert
Muze Guest Artist Eric Church

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Country Goes Raffi
Muze Music Compilations Amazing Grace 3
Muze Music Compilations Kneel At The Cross
Muze Music Compilations Heaven Heartache And The Power Of Love
Muze Music Compilations Good Thing Going
Muze Music Compilations Country's 20 Classic Songs of the Century
Muze Music Compilations Now Country
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Country Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Sunday In The Country
Muze Music Compilations Now Country Volume 3
Muze Music Compilations Celebration In Song
Muze Music Compilations Now That?s What I Call Country 4
Muze Music Compilations Act Of Valor (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Now Country 5
Muze Music Compilations Two Lanes Of Freedom
Muze Music Compilations Rhythm Blues
Muze Music Compilations Still Within The Sound Of My Voice
Muze Music Compilations Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013
Muze Music Compilations 2014 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations Now Country Ballads 2
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Country 7
Muze Music Compilations Thanks For Listening

Associated Artists and Works

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/10/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 001911302
Music Label Name Label : Capitol
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602537515776

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.86)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The date-gone-wrong 'Cop Car' is a marvel of Music Row story compression with sneaky R&B flow..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.73)
- "The result is sonically exploratory..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Urban,Keith
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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