50 Best Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend cut the cute and raised the stakes, Kanye assaulted our ears, Bowie shocked the world and Miley tossed a dance-pop party grenade

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Keith Urban, 'Fuse'

Courtesy of Capitol Nashville

The amiable country dude's latest is called Fuse for a reason — only Taylor Swift has done so well synergizing dance-pop drive and countrypolitan pump. Urban yokes Eighties guitar flash and Euro beats to tight-crafted Nashville songs about cars and girls and girls in cars — classic images given a fresh polish.

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