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Confessions

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Confessions' most detracting factor is its length. At an hour in duration, it could be stripped of five songs and be far more powerful, especially since no one would have to do any wading to get to the meaty parts. On the other side of the coin, the smartest move Usher makes here is in allowing the Lil Jon-produced "Yeah!" to take its rightful place as the only club track; any attempt at doing something stylistically similar would've failed miserably in its presence. "Yeah!"'s crunk-meets-R&B foundation, featuring an instantly addictive eight-note keyboard vamp and one of Usher's most muscular turns, is so absorbing that Ludacris' 1500th guest verse floats by with little notice. The following "Throwback," produced by Just Blaze, sounds like it was made for the sole purpose of trailing Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name." Like that hit, "Throwback"'s sensitively treated soul sample provides a nostalgic tint that complements the wistful, regret-filled tone of the lyrics. A small batch of Jam & Lewis productions, including the effortlessly gliding "Truth Hurts," continue to help raise Usher's loverman stock. Another pair -- the upbeat "Caught Up" and the aptly titled "Burn" -- also rate as some of the vocalist's best moments yet. He's been doing this for ten years now. Numerous chart hits have spun off each of his albums. Needless to say, the time is right for the phrase "just another" to be banned from use when discussing him.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Intro
00:00:46

Usher Raymond, Composer - Usher Raymond, Lyricist - Usher, Performer - James Lackey, Producer

(P) 2004 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Yeah!
00:04:10

Delicia Hassan, Coordinator - James Phillips, Composer - James Phillips, Lyricist - Usher, Background Vocal - Donnie Scantz, Recording Engineer - Robert "Rob" McDowell, Composer - Robert "Rob" McDowell, Lyricist - Lil' Jon, Background Vocal - LaMarquis Jefferson, Acoustic Bass - LaMarquis Jefferson, Composer - LaMarquis Jefferson, Lyricist - Shakir Stewart, A&R Coordinator - John Frye, Mixing Engineer - Usher Featuring Lil' Jon & Ludacris, Performer - Sean Tallman, 2nd Engineer - Mark Vinten, Recording Engineer - Patrick J. Que Smith, Composer - Patrick J. Que Smith, Lyricist - Sean Garrett, Composer - Sean Garrett, Lyricist - Sean Garrett, Producer - Sean Garrett, Background Vocal - Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith, Composer - Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith, Lyricist - Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith, Mixing Engineer - Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith, Producer - Chris Bridges, Composer - Chris Bridges, Lyricist - L Roc, Keyboards

(P) 2003 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Throwback
00:04:01

Ken Lewis, Recording Engineer - Ken Lewis, Mixing Engineer - Ken Lewis, Guitar - Usher, Performer - Justin Smith, Composer - Justin Smith, Lyricist - Just Blaze, Producer - Ryan West, Recording Engineer - Richard P. Butler, Jr., Composer - Richard P. Butler, Jr., Lyricist - Blake Eisman, Recording Engineer - Patrick J. Que Smith, Composer - Patrick J. Que Smith, Lyricist - E-Bass, Guitar

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

4
Confessions Interlude
00:01:15

Usher Raymond, Producer - Usher, Performer - Arthur Strong, Producer - Juan Johnny Najera, Producer - Not Applicable, Composer - Not Applicable, Lyricist - Valdez Brantley, Producer - Aaron Spears, Producer

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

5
Confessions Part II
00:03:49

Usher Raymond, Composer - Usher Raymond, Lyricist - Usher, Performer - John Horesco IV, Recording Engineer - John Horesco IV, 2nd Engineer - Tadd Mingo, 2nd Engineer - Jermaine Dupri, Composer - Jermaine Dupri, Lyricist - Jermaine Dupri, Producer - Jermaine Dupri, Mixing Engineer - Phil Tan, Mixing Engineer - Bryan-Michael Cox, Composer - Bryan-Michael Cox, Lyricist - Bryan-Michael Cox, Co-Producer - Brian Frye, Recording Engineer

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

6
Burn Album Version/Radio Mix
00:04:15

Usher Raymond, Composer - Usher Raymond, Lyricist - Usher, Performer - John Horesco IV, 2nd Engineer - Tadd Mingo, 2nd Engineer - Jermaine Dupri, Composer - Jermaine Dupri, Lyricist - Jermaine Dupri, Producer - Jermaine Dupri, Mixing Engineer - Phil Tan, Mixing Engineer - Bryan-Michael Cox, Composer - Bryan-Michael Cox, Lyricist - Bryan-Michael Cox, Co-Producer - Brian Frye, Recording Engineer

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

7
Caught Up
00:03:44

Ryan Toby, Composer - Ryan Toby, Lyricist - Ryan Toby, Misc. Prod. - Ryan Toby, Producer - Vince Dilorenzo, Recording Engineer - Usher, Performer - Vince DeLorenzo, Recording Engineer - Andre Harris, Composer - Andre Harris, Lyricist - Andre Harris, Producer - Andre Harris, Mixing Engineer - Jon Smeltz, Mixing Engineer - Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Composer - Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Lyricist - Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Misc. Prod. - Vidal Davis, Composer - Vidal Davis, Lyricist - Vidal Davis, Producer - Vidal Davis, Mixing Engineer - Brian Stanley, Recording Engineer

(P) 2004 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Superstar Interlude
00:01:04

Usher Raymond, Producer - Usher, Performer - Arthur Strong, Producer - Juan Johnny Najera, Producer - Not Applicable, Composer - Not Applicable, Lyricist - Valdez Brantley, Producer - Aaron Spears, Producer

(P) 2004 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Superstar
00:03:28

Ryan Toby, Composer - Ryan Toby, Lyricist - Ryan Toby, Misc. Prod. - Usher, Performer - Usher Raymond, Composer - Usher Raymond, Lyricist - Vince DeLorenzo, Recording Engineer - Andre Harris, Composer - Andre Harris, Lyricist - Andre Harris, Producer - Andre Harris, Mixing Engineer - Jon Smeltz, Mixing Engineer - Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Composer - Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Lyricist - Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Misc. Prod. - Vidal Davis, Composer - Vidal Davis, Lyricist - Vidal Davis, Producer - Vidal Davis, Mixing Engineer - Nyticka Hemingway, Composer - Nyticka Hemingway, Lyricist

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

10
Truth Hurts
00:03:51

Tony Tolbert, Background Vocal - Terry Lewis, Composer - Terry Lewis, Lyricist - Terry Lewis, Producer - Usher, Performer - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Usher Raymond, Composer - Usher Raymond, Lyricist - Usher Raymond, Background Vocal - Ian Cross, Recording Engineer - Matt Marrin, Recording Engineer - Jimmy Jam, Producer - John Hanes, Engineer - Tim Roberts, 2nd Engineer - James Harris III, Composer - James Harris III, Lyricist - Bobby Ross Avila, Composer - Bobby Ross Avila, Lyricist - Bobby Ross Avila, Co-Producer - Bobby Ross Avila, Organ - Bobby Ross Avila, Guitar - Bobby Ross Avila, Strings - Bobby Ross Avila, Scratches - IZ, Co-Producer - IZ, Acoustic Bass - IZ, Drums - IZ, Percussion - IZ, Scratches - IZ, Guitar - Ghian Wright, 2nd Engineer - Issiah J. Avila, Composer - Issiah J. Avila, Lyricist

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

11
Simple Things
00:04:57

Terry Lewis, Composer - Terry Lewis, Lyricist - Terry Lewis, Producer - Usher, Performer - Usher, Background Vocal - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Usher Raymond, Composer - Usher Raymond, Lyricist - Matt Marrin, Recording Engineer - Darcy Aldridge, Background Vocal - John Hanes, Engineer - Jimmy Jam, Producer - Jimmy Jam, Keyboards - Tim Roberts, 2nd Engineer - James Harris III, Composer - James Harris III, Lyricist - Bobby Ross Avila, Composer - Bobby Ross Avila, Lyricist - Bobby Ross Avila, Co-Producer - Bobby Ross Avila, Piano - Bobby Ross Avila, Guitar - Bobby Ross Avila, Keyboards - Bobby Ross Avila, Background Vocal - IZ, Co-Producer - IZ, Drums - IZ, Percussion - James Wright, Acoustic Bass - Issiah J. Avila, Composer - Issiah J. Avila, Lyricist

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

12
Bad Girl
00:04:21

Daniel Marino, Guitar - Tony Tolbert, Background Vocal - Terry Lewis, Composer - Terry Lewis, Lyricist - Terry Lewis, Producer - Usher, Performer - Usher, Background Vocal - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Usher Raymond, Composer - Usher Raymond, Lyricist - Matt Marrin, Recording Engineer - Will Guice, Composer - Will Guice, Lyricist - Jimmy Jam, Producer - John Hanes, Engineer - Danté Barton, Composer - Danté Barton, Lyricist - Danté Barton, Recording Engineer - Tim Roberts, 2nd Engineer - James Harris III, Composer - James Harris III, Lyricist - Bobby Ross Avila, Composer - Bobby Ross Avila, Lyricist - Bobby Ross Avila, Co-Producer - Bobby Ross Avila, Drum Programmer - Bobby Ross Avila, Guitar - Bobby Ross Avila, Keyboards - Destro Music, Producer - IZ, Co-Producer - IZ, Percussion - IZ, Scratches - Issiah J. Avila, Composer - Issiah J. Avila, Lyricist

(P) 2004 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

13
That's What It's Made For
00:04:37

Terry Lewis, Composer - Terry Lewis, Lyricist - Terry Lewis, Producer - Usher, Performer - Usher, Background Vocal - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Usher Raymond, Composer - Usher Raymond, Lyricist - Matt Marrin, Recording Engineer - John Hanes, Engineer - Jimmy Jam, Producer - Tim Roberts, 2nd Engineer - James Harris III, Composer - James Harris III, Lyricist - James Q. Wright, Composer - James Q. Wright, Lyricist - Bobby Ross Avila, Composer - Bobby Ross Avila, Lyricist - Bobby Ross Avila, Co-Producer - Bobby Ross Avila, Acoustic Bass - Bobby Ross Avila, Keyboards - IZ, Co-Producer - IZ, Acoustic Bass - IZ, Drums - IZ, Percussion - IZ, Keyboards - Patrice "Buttaphly" Stewart, Background Vocal - James Wright, Co-Producer - James Wright, Organ - Issiah J. Avila, Composer - Issiah J. Avila, Lyricist

(P) 2004 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Can U Handle It?
00:05:45

Robin Thicke, Composer - Robin Thicke, Lyricist - Robin Thicke, Producer - Robin Thicke, Performer - Usher, Performer - Usher, Background Vocal - Usher Raymond, Composer - Usher Raymond, Lyricist - Larry Cox, Keyboards - James Gass, Composer - James Gass, Lyricist - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Paula Patton, Background Vocal - Pro J., Producer - Pro J., Recording Engineer - Pro J., Performer - Robert Daniels, Composer - Robert Daniels, Lyricist

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

15
Do It To Me
00:03:53

Usher Raymond, Composer - Usher Raymond, Lyricist - Usher, Performer - John Horesco IV, 2nd Engineer - Tadd Mingo, 2nd Engineer - Jermaine Dupri, Composer - Jermaine Dupri, Lyricist - Jermaine Dupri, Producer - Phil Tan, Mixing Engineer - Bryan-Michael Cox, Composer - Bryan-Michael Cox, Lyricist - Bryan-Michael Cox, Co-Producer - Brian Frye, Recording Engineer

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

16
Take Your Hand
00:03:03

Usher, Performer - Rich Harrison, Composer - Rich Harrison, Lyricist - Rich Harrison, Producer - Rich Harrison, Performer - Tony Maserati, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Davis, Recording Engineer

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

17
Follow Me
00:03:30

Andre Harris, Composer - Andre Harris, Lyricist - Andre Harris, Producer - Andre Harris, Mixing Engineer - Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Composer - Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Lyricist - Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd, Misc. Prod. - Usher, Performer - Vince DeLorenzo, Recording Engineer - Jon Smeltz, Mixing Engineer - Vidal Davis, Composer - Vidal Davis, Lyricist - Vidal Davis, Producer - Vidal Davis, Mixing Engineer - Ryan Toby, Composer - Ryan Toby, Lyricist - Ryan Toby, Misc. Prod.

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

18
Whatever I Want
00:03:11

Usher Raymond, Composer - Usher Raymond, Lyricist - Usher, Performer - Rich Harrison, Composer - Rich Harrison, Lyricist - Rich Harrison, Producer

(P) 2004 Arista Records LLC

19
Confessions
00:04:22

Usher, Performer - Jermaine Dupri, Composer - Jermaine Dupri, Lyricist - Jermaine Dupri, Producer - Bryan-Michael Cox, Composer - Bryan-Michael Cox, Lyricist - Bryan-Michael Cox, Co-Producer

(P) 2004 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Confessions' most detracting factor is its length. At an hour in duration, it could be stripped of five songs and be far more powerful, especially since no one would have to do any wading to get to the meaty parts. On the other side of the coin, the smartest move Usher makes here is in allowing the Lil Jon-produced "Yeah!" to take its rightful place as the only club track; any attempt at doing something stylistically similar would've failed miserably in its presence. "Yeah!"'s crunk-meets-R&B foundation, featuring an instantly addictive eight-note keyboard vamp and one of Usher's most muscular turns, is so absorbing that Ludacris' 1500th guest verse floats by with little notice. The following "Throwback," produced by Just Blaze, sounds like it was made for the sole purpose of trailing Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name." Like that hit, "Throwback"'s sensitively treated soul sample provides a nostalgic tint that complements the wistful, regret-filled tone of the lyrics. A small batch of Jam & Lewis productions, including the effortlessly gliding "Truth Hurts," continue to help raise Usher's loverman stock. Another pair -- the upbeat "Caught Up" and the aptly titled "Burn" -- also rate as some of the vocalist's best moments yet. He's been doing this for ten years now. Numerous chart hits have spun off each of his albums. Needless to say, the time is right for the phrase "just another" to be banned from use when discussing him.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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