Keith Urban, "Fuse" (Hit Red/Capitol)

Even though Keith Urban scored three No. 1 hits on his last outing, the veteran country star decided to shake up his production team for his new album, "Fuse." Longtime studio partner Dann Huff still collaborates on a couple of songs, but Urban branches out to duet with young country stars Eric Church and Miranda Lambert and to work with a bevy of hot producers.

Urban joins up with Mike Elizondo, Butch Walker and the Norwegian duo Stargate from the pop world and recruits hot newcomers Nathan Chapman, Zach Crowell and Jay Joyce on the country side.

While Urban wanted to expand his sound, it's to his credit that so many songs bear his distinctive artistic stamp. For example, "Even The Stars Fall 4 U" — co-produced by Walker — may feature a pumped-up chorus, but it sounds like a natural evolution of Urban's upbeat hits from the last dozen years.

Elsewhere, the "American Idol" judge tackles new sounds, and "Fuse" benefits from how Urban rises to these challenges.

"Shame," co-written and co-produced by Stargate's Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, takes Urban's confessional lyric and turns it into a heartfelt pop anthem. On "Love's Poster Child," co-produced by Joyce, Urban embraces the hard-rock edge of young country stars and cranks out an up-tempo tune as fierce as any of the newcomers.

Not everything works — "Good Thing," co-produced by Elizondo, apes too many current country clichés to sound fresh. Overall, though, "Fuse" shows Urban maintaining his consistency while challenging himself creatively.

About News.net

Publishing Services International Limited (PSIL) is the publisher and operator of a worldwide network of online news sites dedicated to delivering fair, accurate and relevant reporting from a variety of the world’s most trusted sources – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns.

We deliver positive and powerful messages to our readers, providing up‑to‑the‑second news that matters to the individual.

Our promise is to serve communities and individuals worldwide, delivering information that hasn’t always been available to them. We will give them back a voice – a voice that’s empowering because it is theirs – and provide a platform to communicate between themselves and the world.

We believe people are not just generic demographics; they are individuals with their own preferences and curiosities. We are about understanding these individuals, listening to them, and serving them.

We are the new pioneering spirit of news – we’re not talking to everyone, we’re talking with every one.

If you want your news, your voice, your way, on your time – we’ve got news for you.

 

FAQs

Email

If you have any questions or concerns please email us on support@news.net

Phone

  • Australia, Toll Free 1-800-983-421
  • Hong Kong, Toll Free 800-906-187
  • Singapore, Toll Free 800-852-3871
  • USA/Canada, Toll Free 1-800-830-4132

Advertise With Us

Interested in being awesome?
Contact us by email or phone.

Cancel