Confessions

Confessions

4.5 51
by Usher
     
 

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With his first album since 2001's Grammy-winning 8701, contemporary R&B star Usher has his work cut out for him. The heartthrob proves he's up to the challenge by kicking off his fourth disc with the crunked-up single "Yeah!," propelled by cameos from Dirty South hip-hop brethren Lil Jon and See more details below

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With his first album since 2001's Grammy-winning 8701, contemporary R&B star Usher has his work cut out for him. The heartthrob proves he's up to the challenge by kicking off his fourth disc with the crunked-up single "Yeah!," propelled by cameos from Dirty South hip-hop brethren Lil Jon and Ludacris. And while there are plenty more upbeat club tracks, including the Michael Jackson–reminiscent "Take Your Hand," Confessions isn't all about the good times. As the title suggests, on several songs Usher comes clean about many facets of his personal life, including past indiscretions ("Confessions Part II"), his painful breakup with longtime girlfriend Chilli of TLC ("Burn"), and having the karmic tables turned by a female player ("Caught Up"). Elsewhere, it's clear that the smooth, falsetto-prone crooner's primary goal is merely to seduce his already enraptured female fans with sexy mid-tempo tracks like the quiet-storm jam "Can You Handle It?," the funky, guitar-led "Bad Girl," and the X-rated "That's What It's Made For." By tackling more adult subject matter with each of his albums, Usher has successfully transitioned from cute teenybopper to bona fide adult hottie -- a feat his idol Jacko never quite accomplished. And although airing his dirty laundry and then putting out an APB for all bad girls to come out and play sounds a bit contradictory, that's exactly the kind of trifling behavior that makes this abs-a-licious bad boy all the more irresistible.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Laura Sinagra
The Lil Jon-produced kickoff, "Yeah," creates sensual panic by combining Usher's jumpy attacks with Jon's sublime, frayed beats.
Entertainment Weekly - Jem Aswad
At a time when male R&B icons are in short supply, Usher is just what we need. And he's got the pipes to match his perfect abs. (B+)
Blender - Jon Caramanica
"Yeah!", the lead single, is probably the scariest record -- in a good way -- he's ever made, and it's the first song of any note to mate mainstream R&B and menacing Southern crunk.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2004
Label:
La Face
UPC:
0828765214124
catalogNumber:
52141

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Usher   Primary Artist
Bobby Ross Avila   Guitar,Piano,scratching,Strings,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Moog Bass
Larry Cox   Keyboards
Sandy Garrett   Background Vocals
Jimmy Jam   fender rhodes
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
Ken Lewis   Guitar
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Background Vocals
Usher Raymond   Background Vocals
James "Big Jim" Wright   Bass,Wurlitzer
Iz   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,scratching,Drums,Keyboards,Moog Bass
Darcy Aldridge   Background Vocals
L-Roc   Keyboards
Bass   Guitar
Paula Patton   Background Vocals
Patrice "ButtaPhly" Stewart   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bobby Ross Avila   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Sandy Garrett   Vocal Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Jimmy Jam   Producer
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
Gene McFadden   Composer
James Phillips   Composer
Herb Powers   Mastering
Ryan Toby   Composer,Vocal Producer
Ken Lewis   Engineer
James Harris   Composer
Valdez Brantley   Producer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
Usher Raymond   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Jan Smith   Vocal Producer,Vocal Coach
Andre Harris   Composer,Producer
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
Dante E. Barton   Composer,Engineer
Iz   Producer
Thicke   Composer
Robert Daniels   Composer
James Gass   Composer
Richard Wylie   Composer
John Horesco   Engineer
J. Smith   Producer
Jonathan Smith   Composer
Vidal Davis   Composer,Producer
Rich Harrison   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Ryan West   Engineer
Donnie Scantz   Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Producer
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Robin Thicke   Producer,Instrumentation
Mark Vinten   Engineer
Trak Starz   Engineer
Kevin "KD" Davis   Engineer
Robert "Rob" McDowell   Composer
James Lackey   Producer
Aaron Spears   Producer
Arthur "Buddy" Strong   Producer
Sean Garrett   Composer
Johnny "Natural" Najara   Producer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Ian Cross   Engineer
Jason Boyd   Composer,Vocal Producer

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