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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2004
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
on 17 June 2005
"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
on 26 March 2004
"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
on 7 October 2004
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
on 8 June 2004
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
on 4 February 2004
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2004
I have every album he has ever produced."Confessions" is very different to Ushers'usual kind of material.He has returned with a completely new sound but it certainly doesn't disappoint you.This album is amazing it has a streetwise feel to it."yeah" is probably the strongest track there ,a massive dancefloor filler and no1 song.Ushers' back and hes' sounding better than ever."throwback" has some powerful lyrics it is all about a girl who he would like back in his life but due to circumstances it can never happen... bit of a tearjerker.. "Burn" is his second number one this is more like the old usher lyrically ..definitely one of my favourite tracks its perfect to snuggle up to that special someone.I Rather like "Superstar" this is a song about his ever- expanding fanbase!"Simple things"is a little more mellow..very clever lyrics its that little fact of life that what we are looking for in someone is often right under ones' nose!"Bad Girl"is some track!Its uptempo and so catchy would do well if it was released..very sexy..And finally id like to tell you all about the sheer marvellousnous of "take your hand" Love it! HEY I LOVE EM' ALL!!I'd advise you to buy up some of this talent that is usher there really is only 1 usher****Sarah.C
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2004
The first thing you should notice about this album is tht it is a lot deeper than previous as usher has been through quite alot before the release of confessions.This is an amazing album and the more u listen to it then the more you'll like it.I surely found out tht.My favourite songs on the album are Yeah which is 1 of the funkiest songs ive heard in ages. i also love confessions part2 as it is full of heart and depth and beautiful lyrics tht makes it irresistable. but my favourite track is Take your hand as this song has an amazing beat and cool sound tht makes you want to dance!
Buy this album its deffinetly worth the money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2004
This is one Confession that isnt a sin cuz Usher has done it again and an outstanding - if you don't buy this album... well put it this way there are NO don't you have to buy this album.
I could go on and tell you which tracks are outstanding, but I wont all 19 tracks are awesome...plus it's worth every pence of the £8.99 you're gonna pay to purchase this.
One last thing...this is in my eyes one of the top 5 albums of the year so far...so what you waiting for???
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2004
Uaher Raymond. Young. Talented. Troubled. Back for the 0-4 to represent in the only possible way he knows how. Some real music. This time round Usher is coming at us with some of that real r'n'b...i'm not talking Destinys Child or B2K. I'm talking real soul. The only 'pop' Usher has anything to do with is his collar, believe that.
Most Usher fans especially the younger ones will be surprised at his move into old school soul jams...influences are old and new. I'm sensing Marvin Gaye, Prince, Michael Jackson, R.Kelly, D'Angelo, Glenn Lewis and Music Soulcild. This time round Usher has decided to venture into that ''Philly Soul'' sound, mostly crafted by the production genius of Vidal Davis and Andre Harris (Jill Scott, Floetry etc) and he's left behind the beat-heavy production of of The Neptunes (Anything to do with Justin i wonder ?). Ushers vocals this time around have improved drastically...i'm definately sensing the hunger he has to prove himself again as the talented Vocalist/Performer he is, through his vocals. Usher seems to have falsetto-fever (Justin again ?)and his harmonies are as tight as ever. This album only has 2 upbeat club bangers, the first single ''Yeah'' and the amazing ''Caught up'' (a very different style for Vidal and Andre).
Production-wise: Obviously apart from the Philly soul of Vidal and Andre, we have Ushers long term collaborator 'Jermaine Dupri' who blesses us with the fantastic and apperently next single ''Burn'' (VERY similar to 'U got it bad') and also the title cut ''Confessions'', a true story about how he 'fessed up to Chilli about getting another girl pregnant, Ouch! Also, Jermaines' ex-right hand man 'Lil Jon' Brings that southern crunk to ''Yeah'', Back again to add some flava are the legends that are 'Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' (see the very personal ''Truth Hurts'') and we also have man of the moment 'Just blaze' (see ''Throwback'').
All in all, a tight album...mostly slow and soulful but tight and beautifully performed. His most personal record yet. I hope fans take the time to really listen and give it a chance, instead of the usual ''its not fast enough !''....''where are the Neptunes ?''...squash all that. This is soul music for the 0-4. Usher's aiming to be in the same league as the R.Kellys and Marys of the R'n'b World...Not the Britneys and Justins. And speaking of Justin...the boy has talent but the comparisons have to stop. Usher was there b4 and u know he'll be there after. Simple. Enjoy....
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