Keith Urban’s ‘Fuse’ brings a new edge to country

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Jess Raigosa
Staff Writer

“Fuse,” Keith Urban’s ninth studio album, was released on Sept. 10.
Similar to Urban’s other albums, “Fuse” features an array of sounds and subjects. Collaborations with Miranda Lambert and Eric Church, who are both known for their edgy approach to country music, surely add something extra to the record.
Urban’s longest album to date, “Fuse,” features 16 tracks, including the current single “Little Bit of Everything.”
The first track on the album, “Somewhere In My Car” tells the story of a love lost. Memories from a past relationship are shared on this catchy, quick track.
It’s a nice spin on the slow, sad song. Urban wishes the best for his past love interest and reflects fondly over the time he spent with her.
Urban puts his banjo-playing skills to use on “Even The Stars Fall 4 U.” It’s an upbeat tale of admiration of just how special the subject of this song is.
The chorus features background singers against the repetitive title that Urban sings. In a live tour performance, Urban might recruit audience members to sing this part of the song.
Urban seems to treat “Shame” as his confessional, admitting to his imperfections. Shame also seems to be a very relatable track, with lyrics such as “…everyone hurts.”
It’s similar to “Golden Road’s You’re Not Alone Tonight.”
In the song “We Were Us,” featuring Miranda Lambert, simplicities of young love are described with lyrics like “backseat promises, county lights, Cool-Whip kiss.”
Urban and Lambert reflect on relationship highs, and the little things in life.
In “She’s My 11,” an ode to the love of his life, Urban details how much she means to him by comparing her to his favorite things in life. He shows just how unconditional his love is with this sweet love song.
“Raise ‘Em Up” frequently mentions American traditions, such as raising our nation’s flag, are present in Urban’s first collaboration with Eric Church, whose voice is distinctively recognizable in the repetitive verses.
“Heart Like Mine” is a cue to signal vulnerability for Urban. The track begins with sounds from a piano.
Opening notes that are similar to “Tonight I Wanna Cry” from Urban’s album “Be Here,” Urban pours emotion into this song. He opens up about his fear of abandonment in love.
“Lucky Charm,” the final track on the deluxe version of “Fuse,” is upbeat and filled with the appreciation that Urban feels for his wife.
This is a wonderful album and great listen for any fan of Keith Urban.