Country music has become more popular than ever over the past decade or so with plenty of country artists (Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, etc.) enjoying crossover success on the pop music charts. So much so that artists who previously were firmly country musicians are now venturing out and trying to mesh a little pop or rock to their sound. One of the first musicians to try this is Keith Urban. Now, Urban has always been a country rock kind of guy with no aversion to working with pop stars on his albums. On his first album in three years, Fuse, he truly is fusing many different sounds with tons of straight up pop coming through on the track “Little Bit of Everything” and even some R&B happening on “Cop Car”. The best songs are those that are the most country, if you catch my drift. Though I’m not saying that he venturing out doesn’t bring its own rewards. The ultimate best tracks are the duets. The first being between Urban and Miranda Lambert. On “We Were Us” their voices really complement each other very well and each is given their time in the spotlight to shine. Even better is his pairing up with Eric Church on “Raise ‘Em Up”. A true country tune as it is about God and country.
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