10 Best Country Albums of 2013

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Keith Urban, 'Fuse'
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3. Keith Urban, 'Fuse'

The Australian country-pop ambassador swags out his buff crossover jams with digital stutters, synth bass, and big-box beats. Yet the soul here is still unmistakably country. See "Cop Car," a date-gone-wrong battle tale with masterful Music Row story compression and some sneaky R&B flow. Fresh, fun, and proof that in superstar country music, Taylor Swift's shadow looms over all.

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