Keith Urban Took Different Approach With Recent Album ‘Fuse’
When you think of a country album, even the more recent country-pop concoctions, a release full of producers doesn’t always come to mind. Originally, this hadn’t been the approach Keith Urban wanted to take for his recent album Fuse. However, meeting with multiple producers, all covering a span of several genres, changed his mind.
According to an Associated Press interview, Urban recorded 16 tracks (the deluxe edition total) for Fuse with eight different producers: Dann Huff, Mike Elizondo more known for working with rap and rock artists, Jay Joyce, Stargate, Nathan Chapman, and rocker Butch Walker.
Speaking about the experience, he said: “I felt like an air traffic controller trying to land 16 planes.”
The process, he went onto explain, took longer than usual, resulting in a three-year gap between albums. He said: “As I started working with different people, they’d bring out different things in me. I’d play different for Butch Walker than I would for Dann Huff. I’d sing a little different for Stargate than I would for Jay Joyce. So, I thought, ‘Let’s just keep going on this a little longer.’”
If you’ve been listening to country radio, you probably heard one of Urban’s collaborations, lead-in single with “Little Bit of Everything,” recorded with Chapman. Following that is “We Were Us,” a duet with Miranda Lambert.
Fuse came out on September 10. To support, his Light the Fuse tour begins September 21 and lasts in North America until February 2014.