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Genres: Pop, R&B
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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 Confession, Usher's first record since 2001's 8701. The Atlanta singer's string of hits over the ...  more »


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All Artists: Usher
Title: Confessions
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 13
Label: La Face
Release Date: 3/23/2004
Genres: Pop, R&B
Styles: Contemporary R&B, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 828765214124

A CD is always more compelling when you know it's lifted from the artist's autobiography, and that's certainly the case with Confession, Usher's first record since 2001's 8701. The Atlanta singer's string of hits over the past decade have been decidedly PG-13 rated, almost veering towards teen pop, but he's changed all that on this co-produced 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 seventeen 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

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Though I disagree with this music, I'd fight to the death fo
Ren Höek | Canada | 07/25/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"First thing's first, i don't like Usher and I never did. I wouldn't dislike him so much if he wasn't played everywhere and hailed as a god by women everywhere.

However, I do believe that everyone has the freedom to listen to whatever they want. I'm sick of reading reviews saying that this is garbage and then telling people what they "should" listen to. It is obvious that those who listen to Usher have a certain taste in music and your petty little review isn't going to give them a revelation. An Usher fan isn't going to say, "Hmm I thought I loved Usher, but according to this unprofessional review, he sucks. Well I guess I suck. I better go listen to the Beetles or Jimi Hendrix and Metallica (thanks Kramer). These guys don't seem to be part of the genre of music I'm in to but as long as some guy says to listen to it, I'm sold".

Face it, every generation has its own popular music that is despised by its prior generation. Of course, I'm not saying that everyone from my generation likes this music (I've already established that I don't). Also, Usher is R&B, NOT RAP! And he has nothing to do with Eminem. Half of you negative reviewers saying he is rap just revealed how clueless you really are!

I find Usher's voice too high, its freakishly high and it digs up horrible memories of boy bands. Personally, I dislike every song on this album, but on the other hand I don't enjoy R&B. Everyone has different musical tastes. Girls love him and they are really the target audience because they think he's the hottest thing since jalapeno peppers (though I do not recommend basing your musical taste on how the artist looks). Usher is definitely for tweens and popular girls. If you want to give 'Confessions' a negative review, give it a negative review based on what you think of the album, don't diss the entire music industry of this decade based on one man.

If you agree that people have the right to choose what music they listen to, then vote yes. If you're one of those pricks who think that your music is the ONLY music, then vote no, it doesn't bother me, it just helps me to keep track."
His best CD so far
T. Winston | 04/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Usher has always been my favorite R&B artist because I really believe he produces quality music. Songs such as "U Got It Bad", "My Way", and "U Make Me Wanna" really got me to like his music. I have never owned any of his CDs. So when "Confessions" came out I decided to purchase it. This CD is pretty good. Mostly all the songs have nice beats. When I heard "Burn" on the radio thats when I decided to buy this CD because it sounded really nice. I think the best songs on the album were:
Yeah - clubbanger, real nice beat
Confessions - liked the small interlude that precedes it, nice beat
Burn - real nice slow song
Caught Up - has a nice beat to it
Bad Girl - the beat was off the hook, really nice
Take Your Hand - reminds you a lot of Michael Jackson
Follow Me- this one had a real nice beat

Overall this was a good effort by Usher. Almost all the songs are worth listening to. He has talent but I really don't think he's a great singer. But the way he produces his songs make up for it. Wonder if he'll make another album, but anyways it was a good effort."
Sofia Espinoza | Miami, Florida | 03/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Usher has a good voice, I listened to every song on this album, and enjoyed 100% of them. My favorite track on Usher's Confessions album is "Yeah". When I bought it I couldn't stop hearin' it.I Just fall in love with this CD.I love it all the time."