Fuse [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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, midtempo 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 sonics, 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-Ay, 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, like 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 bounce 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 maintains his identity as a contemporary country artist, even as he reaches for the mainstream pop fences. [The Deluxe Version adds three bonus tracks for a total of 16. They include "Black Leather Jacket," "Gonna B Good," and "Lucky Charm."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2013
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 602537515776
  • Catalog Number: 001911302
  • Sales rank: 8,325

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Somewhere In My Car (3:56)
  2. 2 Even The Stars Fall 4 U (3:59)
  3. 3 Cop Car (4:16)
  4. 4 Shame (3:03)
  5. 5 Good Thing (3:52)
  6. 6 We Were Us - Miranda Lambert (3:11)
  7. 7 Love's Poster Child (3:29)
  8. 8 She's My 11 (3:17)
  9. 9 Come Back To Me (3:52)
  10. 10 Red Camaro (3:59)
  11. 11 Little Bit Of Everything (3:25)
  12. 12 Raise 'Em Up - Eric Church (3:04)
  13. 13 Heart Like Mine (3:52)
  14. 14 Black Leather Jacket (3:42)
  15. 15 Gonna B Good (2:52)
  16. 16 Lucky Charm (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Urban Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Sitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, E-bow, Soloist, Vocal Harmony
Dann Huff Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Electric Guitar
Jay Joyce Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Mellotron, Guitar (Baritone)
Chris McHugh Drums
Gene Miller Vocal Harmony
Butch Walker Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal Harmony
Patrick Warren Strings
Russell Terrell Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Mike Elizondo Bass, Keyboards
Fred Eltringham Drums
Jerry Flowers Bass, Vocal Harmony
Matt Mahaffey Drums, Keyboards
Wes Hightower Vocal Harmony
Tony Lucido Bass
Caitlin Evanson Fiddle
Kevin Rudolf Guitar
Jaren Johnston Vocal Harmony
Ross Copperman Piano, Accordion, Vocal Harmony
Miranda Lambert Vocals
Eric Church Vocals
Nathan Chapman Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Ukulele, Synthesizer Bass, Vocal Harmony
Mark Stepro Drums
Jake Sinclair Bass, Percussion, Keyboards
Jared Champion Drums
Christine Wu Fiddle
Devin Malone Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Danny Rader Bouzouki, Mandolin, Accordion
Charlie Judge Synthesizer
Zach Crowell Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
John Fields Bass
Ammar Malik Bass
Technical Credits
Joe Baldridge Engineer
Natalie Hemby Composer
Dann Huff Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Jay Joyce Composer, Programming, Producer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Butch Walker Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
David Lee Murphy Composer
Brett James Composer
Eric Liljestrand Engineer
Melanie Shelley grooming
Mike Elizondo Composer, Programming, Producer
Wendell Mobley Composer
Keith Urban Composer, Producer
Stargate Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Shane McAnally Composer
Brad Warren Composer
Brett Warren Composer
Adam Hawkins Engineer
Darin Murphy Booking
Danny D. Executive Producer
Jason Hall Engineer
John Hanes Engineer
Justin Parker Composer
Kevin Rudolf Composer
Jaren Johnston Composer
Ross Copperman Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Matt Jenkins Composer
Jeremy Spillman Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Engineer
Nathan Chapman Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
J. Bonilla Programming
Tim Blacksmith Executive Producer
Benny Blanco Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Heather Morgan Composer
Tom Douglas Composer
Jimmy Robbins Composer
Jake Sinclair Programming, Engineer
Brandy Clark Composer
Benjamin Levin Composer
Tony Martin Composer
Ross Golan Composer
Jeffery Steele Composer
Trevor Rosen Composer
Tor Hermansen Composer
Zach Crowell Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Jon Nite Composer
Mikkel Eriksen Composer
J.T. Harding Composer
Sam Hunt Composer
Dan Omelio Composer
Ammar Malik Composer
Ansel L. Davis Legal Counsel
THS Art Direction
Nicolle Galyon Composer
Lynn Tully grooming
Ernesto Olivera Engineer
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