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Here I Stand
Usher
Here I Stand
Genres: Pop, R&B
 
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2008 album from the R&B superstar. Here I Stand is Usher's follow-up to his history-making, nine-times platinum-selling Confessions. The album tells the story of growth: triumphant, reflective, somewhat defiant and it mark...  more »

     
   
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All Artists: Usher
Title: Here I Stand
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Jive
Original Release Date: 5/27/2008
Re-Release Date: 5/13/2008
Genres: Pop, R&B
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 886972338828

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Album Description
2008 album from the R&B superstar. Here I Stand is Usher's follow-up to his history-making, nine-times platinum-selling Confessions. The album tells the story of growth: triumphant, reflective, somewhat defiant and it marks a new period in Usher's life and creative expression. Here I Stand finds Usher working with some of the best producers and writers around including Polow Da Don, Jermaine Dupre, Dre & Vidal and Dream & Tricky Stewart. Features the first single 'Love In The Club'. Laface.

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CD Reviews

Married Man Music (MMM)
Shamontiel L. Vaughn | Chicago | 05/28/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Two stars means "ok," and I want to clarify that beforehand because there's absolutely nothing wrong on this CD. However, I listened to it twice, and there was also no song on here that stood out to me, made me want to replay it, or dance to the beat. I'm used to turning Usher's CDs up full blast and trying to memorize all the words, but I didn't get that on this album. There were a lot of songs about being in love, marriage, and being a father (including doing what all parents seem to think is cute--recording their baby(ies) making baby noises). This album was weird for me. It was like Usher lost all his swagger and the cool feel of his music. If you've listened to "Love in This Club," that's basically the feel of the CD. Who thinks about "making love" in a club, as the magazine "Vibe" says in "20 Questions". Usher has definitely grown up, and I think he will gain an older audience with this album. But if you're looking for the old usher who oozes sexy in his songs, flirts with the ladies through melody, and gives us a little bit of hip hop through a lot of R&B, this isn't that album. (Note: He kept that sex appeal when he was with Chili, so I can't say it's the relationship. Man, I loved those two as a couple!) Listeners will, however, get the Usher who sounds head over heels for his wife and child. Again, nothing wrong with this album, but it was kinda repetitive, a little boring, and out of my element (no kids, no marriage). But I am happy for him being in a stable, happy relationship, and I hope him and Tamika stay together forever.

UPDATE (AFTER FIFTH LISTEN): I followed That Juice's advice and listened to the CD again on my MP3 player. Then I listened again. And again. I sincerely am an Usher fan, and I wanted to like it. And I think That Juice is right, along with another reviewer on here who said that maybe the reason some fans couldn't immediately get into the CD was because we weren't READY for it. There was no leading up to the ballads or such a dramatic shift in his music. He just up and did a completely different album. I think my hesitation was that I was unprepared for what I'd listen to. Now that I've settled with the idea that Usher is making MMM, I'm more content with it. I still can't convince myself to change the stars though and think it's "just okay," but I look forward to the next album and will buy it!"
It pays to know your audience
Special K | New Jersey | 05/29/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This long awaited project missed the mark. What were you thinking? Here I Stand clearly caters to this arbitrary "older" fan base that you don't have. This CD lacks the hip-hop funkiness and familiarity enojyed with the "Confessions" CD. Except for the potential of "Moving Mountains" I don't get this at all. Not a fan...sorry!"
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ChocolateQT | La Vergne, Tennessee | 05/30/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This is nothing really memorable about any of the tracks on the CD. Other than the baby laughing, I have 3 kids and can truly appreciate the cuteness of their laughter, it truly warms my heart. But it was COMPLETELY out of place in this case. After hearing "Whats your Name" which is kind of up beat to go into "Prayer For You" just seemed weird and awkward to me. "This Aint Sex" is ok, as well as "Something Special. "Love in this Club" at first I didn't really care for this track simply just because of the concept of someone "making love" in the club is just nauseatingly disgusting, but it does have a fairly decent beat and is kind of infectiously so it grew on me. (Being played on the radio every hour on the hour did help with that). Overall this was a dud for me.

Can someone please go find the "You Make Me Wanna" "You Remind Me" "Caught Up" "Got It Bad" "Let It Burn" "Confessions" Usher please!!!!"