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After Usher Raymond was spotted by a LaFace record executive at a talent show in his hometown of Atlanta, it took no time for his career to take off. The 14-year-old auditioned for LaFace co-founder L.A. Reid, who signed the gospel choir boy to a recording contract. Raymond was introduced to the world simply as "Usher," and released his ... Read more in Amazon's Usher Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Mar. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Laface
  • ASIN: B0001OYZU6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. IntroUsher0:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Yeah!Usher Featuring Lil' Jon & Ludacris 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. ThrowbackUsher 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Confessions (Interlude)Usher 1:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Confessions Part IIUsher 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Burn (Radio Mix)Usher 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Caught UpUsher 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Superstar (Interlude)Usher 1:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. SuperstarUsher 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Truth HurtsUsher 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Simple ThingsUsher 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Bad GirlUsher 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. That's What It's Made ForUsher 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Can U Handle It?Usher 5:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Do It To MeUsher 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Take Your HandUsher 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Follow MeUsher 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Whatever I WantUsher 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. ConfessionsUsher 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1 x CD Album, Copy Protected
Europe 2004

1Intro0:46
2Yeah!4:10
3Throwback4:01
4Confessions (Interlude)1:15
5Confessions Part II3:49
6Burn4:15
7Caugh Up3:44
8Superstar (Interlude)1:04
9Superstar3:28
10Truth Hurts3:51
11Simple Things4:57
12Bad Girl4:21
13That's What It's Made For4:37
14Can U Handle It?5:45
15Do It To Me3:53
16Take Your Hand3:03
17Follow Me3:31
18Whatever I Want3:12
19Confessions Part 14:24

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A CD is always more compelling when you know it's lifted from the artist's autobiography, and that's certainly the case with Confessions, Usher's first record since 2001's 8701. The Atlanta singer's string of hits over the past decade have been decidedly under-18s rated, almost veering towards teen pop, but he's changed all that on this coproduced offering, which he claims is "the real him". It would be too simplistic to just brand this record a break-up record, chronicling his public split with TLC's Rozonda "Chili" Thomas; it is that, but so much more. It would be more accurate to call this Usher's coming-of-age record, bridging the gap from boy to man, as he navigates the emotional fallout from the disintegration of his relationship and the events that led up to it--real or imagined.

But other than a guilty conscience, it seems unclear why Usher feels compelled to disgorge his secret life, as he documents his infidelities, transgressions and emotional perfidy in the album's prodigious 17 songs that range from insinuating sultry R&B grooves to the decidedly crunky "Yeah", which pairs an insistent keyboard romp with Lil' Jon's assertive beats and Ludacris' rather humid rhymes. This tracks shines all the more since it's the only club track, but you find yourself pining for more, since most of the other songs tend to get bogged down in his lush, feverish balladry. That's not a bad thing, but the disc would have been better served by a few more muscular tracks. --Jaan Uhelszki, Amazon.com

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lcollens on 23 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
Usher's latest contribution "Confessions" is a strong album that should be remembered by the powers that be when it comes to Grammy considerations for nominees.
The album's hit first single "Yeah!" is anomalous on the album as there are not any other club tracks that are bold. However the album is not a wallowing sea of forlorn love songs.
Quite the opposite the title track "Confessions" makes you wander what Usher has been up to since his last album "8701". Atlanta's bravest offers a medley of smooth ballad R&B (Burn; Simple Things) with some head-nodding tracks (Caught Up; Yeah!; Bad Girl)
Most importantly the album is sexually assertive and shows a mature Usher who has grown up since the days of "My Way" with tracks like "bad Girl", "That's What Its Made For" and "Do It To Me".
This is definitely an album to play with friends around BBQ in the summer and should be in everyone's CD wallet sleeve for their car and on heavy rotation in iPods.
I agree with other reviews that the album could do with more of the trademark dance tracks that have become synonymous with Usher for the sake of seeing his ever impressive dancing in music videos. Possibly Confessions has a more important theme of showing a matured Usher which is evident in every track. Worth every penny.
Best Tracks: 1) Yeah! 2) Bad Girl 3) Confessions 4)Do It To Me 5)Caught Up/Throwback
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hayley on 17 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Confessions," the fifth long-player from Usher, is more than a new album. It's also a mature step forward and an exercise in self-examination. Here, Usher unloads some serious baggage, ranging from infedelity (the title track and "truth hurts"), materialism ("Simple Things"), unwanted pregnancy (the title track again), and failed relationships, particularly his breakup with TLC's Chili. But that's not to say "Confessions" is all drama and no fun. The album is neatly divided between uptempo jams and smooth ballads, and Usher doesn't disappoint on either front. At first listen, I wasn't a huge fan of the kickoff single "Yeah!" (featuring Ludacris and Lil'Jon), but over time, this catchy hip-hop flavoured number caught onto me quickly. Other decent cuts are "Superstar," the Jam & Lewis-produced "That's What It's Made For," and the downtempo groove, "Follow Me." Well produced and with minimal filler (I could have done without the messy "Do it To Me"), "Confessions" lives up to its title thanks to its honest lyrics and its tight production.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Burjiz on 26 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Confessions," the fifth long-player from ATL's Usher Raymond, is more than a new album. It's also a mature step forward and an exercise in self-examination. Here, Usher unloads some serious baggage, ranging from infidelity (the title track and "Truth Hurts"), materialism ("Simple Things"), unwanted pregnancy (the title track again), and failed relationships, particularly his breakup with TLC's Chili. But that's not to say "Confessions" is all drama and no fun. The album is neatly divided between uptempo jams and smooth ballads, and Usher doesn't disappoint on either front. At first listen, I wasn't a huge fan of the kickoff single "Yeah!" (featuring Ludacris and Lil' Jon), but over time, this catchy hip hop-flavored number caught onto me very quickly. Other decent cuts are "Superstar," the Jam & Lewis-produced "That's What It's Made For," and the downtempo groove of the killer closer, "Follow Me." Well produced and with minimal filler (I could have done without the messy "Do it To Me"), "Confessions" lives up to its title thanks to its honest lyrics and its tight production. Grade: B.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Confessions is a fanatastic album and you would think the original couldn't be beaten. The special edition version is just as good, with a remix of "Confessions Part II" featuring the unstoppable Kanye West and the beautiful duet "My Boo" with Alicia Keys.
The album continues through the original format until track 18, when you realise the tracks "Whatever I want" and "Confessions Part I" have been removed. The special edition may advertise itself as having 4 bonus tracks, but in fact you are only getting 2 extra tracks. Whichever version you decide to purchase, you will always feel like you are missing out. I feel Usher let his fans down here as in order to enjoy the full Confessions experience you would need to purchase both albums.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "fizzy_fifi" on 8 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album the day it came out in the shops. It is the bestest album in the world!!
It has stayed in my CD player every day. and is allways playing in my ear all the time. It is soo good.
Although I was expecting more up tempo songs like YEAH, they are mainly ballads. but they are excellent.
A GOOD CHILLOUT CD FOR RELAXING IN THE GARDEN ON A NICE SUMMER DAY... OR WHEREVER TAKES UR FANCY!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 4 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Even though this album doesn't come out till March 23rd he has been previewing some tracks and from what I've heard they're pretty good! The first single 'Yeah' will be familiar with it's Atlanta crunk influence and buzzing synths.Then there is 'Burn' which is a ballad which talks about relationships. There is also 'Confessions II' a little mid-tempo number produced by Jermaine Dupri and the hi-NRG influenced 'Caught Up'. There will be more material coming soon and this looks like it's shaping up to be his best album yet!!!!!
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