After three years, Grammy winner and “American Idol” judge Keith Urban finally released his seventh album “Fuse” on Sept. 10. This album shows Urban’s ability to take risks and step outside of his boundaries, demonstrating he is not afraid to mix different genres into the familiar country feel of his music.
Featuring more than five music producers as well as collaborations with fellow country stars Miranda Lambert and Eric Church, this highly anticipated album is worth a listen. Urban gives his fans “A Little Bit of Everything” after the long wait.
Hit single “A Little Bit of Everything” skyrocketed to the top 10 on Billboard quickly with its smooth country feel, featuring banjos and drums behind catchy, laid-back lyrics. The song provides a sneak peek to what the rest of the album has to offer. Following “A Little Bit of Everything” is a duet with Lambert titled “We Were Us.” It brings an acoustic feel to the album, but its strong lyrics and a powerful beat make it an easy fan favorite.
“Love’s Poster Child” is one of many songs on the album that makes you get up and dance due to its liveliness and upbeat drum sounds. On the other hand, “Come Back to Me” slows things down a bit with an R&B and hip-hop feel to it.
Later on, Church joins in on “Raise ‘Em Up.” revealing Urban’s more upbeat and pop-sounding style. Leaving the album on a high note is “Heart Like Mine,” which shows the singer’s vulnerable side. The single describes how he has faults and doubts and sends the message that it is OK to dream or hope for another chance at something.
This 13-song track list blends new sounds unlike the typical acoustic music from Urban’s previous albums. The songs with Lambert and Church, in particular, have different twists that will make you love this album even more. Though he hasn’t produced an album in quite a while, Urban made the wait worthwhile because “Fuse” takes country to a different level.
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