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8701
     

8701

by Usher
 

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Singer-cum-actor Usher Raymond provides a happy medium between flamboyant showboats like Sisqó and seasoned romantics like Brian McKnight. Since his multiplatinum sophomore disc, My Way, exploded onto the charts and airwaves with the inescapable singles "You Make Me Wanna" and "Nice and Slow," Usher assumed the role of the

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Singer-cum-actor Usher Raymond provides a happy medium between flamboyant showboats like Sisqó and seasoned romantics like Brian McKnight. Since his multiplatinum sophomore disc, My Way, exploded onto the charts and airwaves with the inescapable singles "You Make Me Wanna" and "Nice and Slow," Usher assumed the role of the badass young prince of R&B-flavored pop -- which is where his third disc, 8701, picks up. This time around, the Atlanta native once again joins forces with his mentor and the disc's executive producer, Jermaine Dupri, and under his tutelage Usher's conceited vibrato gains momentum on songs such as the Neptunes-produced club jam "You Don't Have to Call" and the bouncy "If I Want To," on which he boasts: "If I wanted I could take you from your man." But the real payoff arrives when Usher teams with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis on the catchy, up-tempo first single, "U Remind Me," and heartfelt ballads such as "Can U Help Me," where Usher sounds like he's being brought to his knees by the threat of his woman leaving. 8701 packs enough charisma to satisfy Usher's diehard fans while delivering the vocal maturity to silence critics who may have written off this young Romeo as just another two-hit wonder. Neo Brentacious

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Vibe - Jason King
[*** stars] Usher, the Prince of Pop Soul, is back at ya with a consistent third album that has a good chance of staying afloat in a marketplace overflowing with crooning R&B clones. Pop ya collar to that, O Royal One.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2001
Label:
Arista Europe
UPC:
0743218747120
catalogNumber:
187471
Rank:
58469

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Usher   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Ostroushko   Mandolin
Jermaine Dupri   Vocals
Sherree Ford-Payne   Background Vocals
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Guitar
Stokley   Drums
Valdez Brantley   Keyboards
Usher Raymond   Background Vocals
James "Big Jim" Wright   Piano,Keyboards
Arthur "Buddy" Strong   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Producer
Jermaine Dupri   Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Brian Frye   Engineer
John Frye   Engineer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Alexander Richbourg   drum programming,MIDI Programming
David Rideau   Engineer
Phil Tan   Engineer
Roger   Composer
P. Williams   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Valdez Brantley   Programming
D.L. Warfield   Creative Consultant
Kandi Burruss   Composer,Vocal Producer
Usher Raymond   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Daron Jones   Arranger,Producer
Pharrell Williams   Arranger,Instrumentation
Mike City   Producer
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Neptunes   Producer
Chad Hugo   Arranger,Instrumentation
Marcus Goins   Engineer
Patrick Viala   Engineer
Mark Rains   Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Producer,Instrumentation
Brian Cockburn Smith   Engineer
C.J. Wallace   Composer
Marcos Smith   grooming
O. Harvey   Composer
K. Briggs   Composer
C. Moore   Composer
M. Flowers   Composer
D. Jones   Composer
J. Dupri   Composer

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