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R&B - Released March 22, 2004 | Arista

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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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R&B - Released September 16, 1997 | Arista - LaFace Records

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Usher proved that he had a strong, soulful voice with his self-titled debut, but he fulfilled his potential on his second record, My Way. What makes Usher distinctive from his urban loverman peers is the fact that he doesn't oversing; he simply delivers his songs soulfully. Unfortunately, he falls prey to uneven material, just like any of his peers, but there are more strong songs on My Way than many contemporary R&B albums from the late '80s. Both Jermaine Dupri and Babyface contribute seamless productions and fine songs; respectively, "You Make Me Wanna..." and "Bedtime" are their best ballad contributions. Even if the ballads are usually seductive and romantic, cuts like the funky "Just Like Me," which features a cameo from Lil' Kim, might make you wish Usher didn't play it cool all of the time. And while it's refreshing to hear a hip-hop/urban R&B album clock in at a reasonable running time, it would have been nice if the tenth track was something other than a remix of "You Make Me Wanna..." Nevertheless, it's a strong second effort that showcases Usher at his best. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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R&B - Released May 27, 2008 | LaFace Records

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R&B - Released March 23, 2004 | LaFace Records

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R&B - Released June 12, 2012 | RCA Records Label

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R&B - Released August 7, 2001 | Arista

Usher has the reputation as a loverman, largely because he fits the bill so well. He looks good, his material is smooth and seductive, and he has a nice voice, even if he tends to favor melisma. This has been true throughout his career, and remains true on his third album, 8701, a classy, seductive affair masterminded by Usher, Jermaine Dupri, and Antonio "L.A." Reid. There's not much new here, but Usher does move further in both directions -- the ballads are lusher, the dance numbers hit a bit harder -- but not so much so that it's really noticeable. Overall, the record is probably his strongest yet, but he still suffers from a lack of really memorable material (the singles usually are pretty good, but the album tracks are filler) and a tendency to oversing. Because of these two things, 8701 is more mood music than anything else, and while it does work fairly well on that level, it's not memorable outside of that mood. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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R&B - Released October 12, 2018 | Brand Usher - RCA Records

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R&B - Released September 16, 2016 | RCA Records Label

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R&B - Released March 30, 2010 | LaFace Records

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Pop - Released December 13, 2019 | Brand Usher - RCA Records

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R&B - Released August 24, 2010 | LaFace Records

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R&B - Released August 31, 2004 | LaFace Records

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R&B - Released April 12, 2020 | Brand Usher - Little Jonathan - Disturbing Tha Peace - RCA Records

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R&B - Released June 26, 2020 | Brand Usher - RCA Records

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R&B - Released October 16, 2015 | RCA Records Label

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R&B - Released July 8, 2014 | RCA Records Label

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R&B - Released November 21, 2014 | RCA Records Label

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R&B - Released November 22, 2010 | LaFace Records

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R&B - Released September 10, 2020 | Brand Usher - RCA Records

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Pop - Released June 18, 2020 | Brand Usher - RCA Records

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