Confessions [Special Edition]

Confessions [Special Edition]

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Confessions' most detracting factor is its length. At an hour in duration, it could be stripped of five songs and be far more powerful, especially since no one would have to do any wading to get to the meaty parts. On the other side of the coin, the smartest move Usher makes here is in allowing the Lil Jon-produced "Yeah!" to take its rightful place as the only club track; any attempt at doing something stylistically similar would've failed miserably in its presence. "Yeah!"'s crunk-meets-R&B foundation, featuring an instantly addictive eight-note keyboard vamp and one of Usher's most muscular turns, is so absorbing that Ludacris' 1,500th guest verse floats by with little notice. The following "Throwback," produced by Just Blaze, sounds like it was made for the sole purpose of trailing Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name." Like that hit, "Throwback"'s sensitively treated soul sample provides a nostalgic tint that complements the wistful, regret-filled tone of the lyrics. A small batch of Jam & Lewis productions, including the effortlessly gliding "Truth Hurts," continue to help raise Usher's loverman stock. Another pair -- the upbeat "Caught Up" and the aptly titled "Burn" -- also rate as some of the vocalist's best moments yet. He's been doing this for ten years now. Numerous chart hits have spun off each of his albums. Needless to say, the time is right for the phrase "just another" to be banned from use when discussing him. [Six months after its initial release, Confessions was re-released with an expanded booklet and four additional tracks, including his duet with Alicia Keys, "My Boo."]
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.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Usher   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bobby Ross Avila   Flute,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
Tony Tolbert   Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Faith Evans   Background Vocals
Ken Lewis   Guitar
Twista   Rap
Craig Love   Guitar
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Background Vocals
Usher Raymond   Background Vocals
Lil Jon   Rap
James "Big Jim" Wright   Bass,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Iz   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,scratching,Drums,Keyboards,Moog Bass
Kanye West   Rap
Darcy Aldridge   Background Vocals
Dan Marino   Guitar
L-Roc   Keyboards
Shyne   Rap
Ludacris   Rap
Alicia Keys   Vocals
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,Remixing,Audio Production
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
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Manuel Seal   Composer,Producer
Chris Steinmetz   Engineer
Ryan Toby   Composer,Vocal Producer
Doug Wilson   Engineer
Ken Lewis   Engineer
James Harris   Composer
Blake Eiseman   Engineer
Valdez Brantley   Producer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
Usher Raymond   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Lil Jon   Audio Production
Jan Smith   Vocal Producer,Vocal Coach
Andre Harris   Composer,Producer
Pro-Jay   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
Dante E. Barton   Composer,Engineer
Iz   Producer
Thicke   Composer
Robert Daniels   Composer
James Gass   Composer
Richard Wylie   Composer
Ann Mincieli   Engineer
John Horesco   Engineer
J. Smith   Producer,Audio Production
Jonathan Smith   Composer
Vidal Davis   Composer,Producer
Mil Cannon   Video Stills
Mickaël Rangeard   Engineer
Courtney Walter   Art Manager
Rich Harrison   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Ryan West   Engineer
Donnie Scantz   Engineer
Alicia Keys   Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Adonis Stropshire   Composer
Robin Thicke   Producer,Instrumentation
Jun Ishizeki   Engineer
Mark Vinten   Engineer
Trak Starz   Engineer
Vincent Dilorenzo   Engineer
Kelly "Dread" Liebelt   Engineer
Keri Hilson   Composer
Kev Mahoney   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
Kevin KD Davis   Engineer
Jason Boyd   Composer,Vocal Producer

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Confessions 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luv usher...his new CD is off the hook...he's the hottest guy ever...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love that song from this CD. YEAH!! with Ludacris and Lil Jon. I hope all the other songs are good too. I can't wait
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love is song burn he makes me burn when I hear that song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah! is the BEST song i have ever heard!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a minute I thought that Usher had left the music sceen but now I know HE'S BACK!!! His first two singles "Burn" and "Yeah" are definately helping him reach the top of the charts with his long awaited album "Confessions." If you ever slept on Usher before, now's the time to wake up because ya boy is back!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cds in my collection oh my god you have to pick it up now!! HE IS AWESOME!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Ushers new song Yeah it makes me want to just get up and dance oh yeah I love Usher to
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usher is the greatest!!! I'm sure that his new ablum is going to be awesome!!!! I love his new song Yeah.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usher's new cd is the tightest cd out right now. Oh my gosh, did yall hear the song confession that is too good for me. Go cop that cd when it comes out yall. Get the real one, not the boot-leg, its worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usher's Confessions is his best album yet. It has the right mixture of ballads, uptempo songs and midtempo songs.It has great midtempo songs in ConfessionPt.2, Simple Things, Throwback and Follow Me. Most of the album is midtempo songs. You have the hot dance tracks in Yeah, Caught Up and Take Your Hand. Usher also dip into rock wit the mitempo dance song Bad Girl. It has hot sexy ballads in Burn and Can U Handle It?. The singles off this album is going to be Yeah, Burn, Confessions Pt.2, Throwback and Caught Up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He has done it again! I truly love this man! I have been a fan since the poetic justice soundtrack. The man is creative, talented, and sexy. I have always and will always be a fan. I have every CD this godsend has created, since he first stepped on the scene. I have matured right along with Usher, and saw him go from a cute little boy to a sexy young man. I give this album two thumbs up, as a fan and as a true music lover!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usher's new song "Yeah" is the best song he's ever made!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a chill, romantic evening, this cd is IT. Seriously, the music FLOWS... his vocals are simply amazing. This is definitely one of the hottest cd's out right now. I'm so glad I bought it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each time Usher drops an album I always expect something extraordinary, but this album had me speechless (literally). I think it took me at least a half an hour to pick my jaw up from the ground. I never expected an album to tap into all of my emotions. Usher also has this way of incorporating familiar sounds and flavor to water down the severity of his Confessions. I enjoy being being his #1 fan in "Superstar," the most. If this CD was a book I don't believe I could put it down... that's how good it is, don't deny yourself the pleasure of this jagged thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know i'm the only one giving this review any negativity, but compared to his other cd's, this one just isn't as good. The first 6 or 7 songs are tight, but the remainder of them sound the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah! Usher's new CD rocks! It's got burn AND Yeah!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usher is so amazing, he is one of the best vocalists on the rnb hiphop market today Big ups to usher, although it has been a long time since we heard new stuff fromhim it was worth the wait , burn truth hurts simple things, r good numbers theres others too tho usher is crazy
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that this is one of his best cds ever especially the songs burn and yeah are my most favorites and cant wait until his next cd comes out because he is maturing into a male hiphop/r n b artist.....................
Guest More than 1 year ago
Usher's cds are usually the bomb.I don't know what happened with this one. There are about 4 good songs on here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love his album... he did a great job! Keep it coming Usher!
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the last few Usher cd's I only liked a few tracks. But after listening to Confessions, I must say every track is hot. He takes you from the club straight to the bedroom. The one song that I must play over and over is Can you handle it? Usher, I danced, I cried, and I fell in love all to your cd. Thanks
Guest More than 1 year ago
R. Kelly may have the "R" in R&B but Usher is NOT short-stopping with the "u" in Blues. This whole cd is raw. He put his business on the street which in some aspects I'm thinking "What'd he go and do that for?" but in others, I understand why he told the story before the media could get ahold of it and mess it ALL up. His voice is SICK!!!!!!!!! I have all of his cds but this one is the best of them all. He was hitting some high notes that i didn't even know were in his system. I was just excited to hear him sing. I could feel his voice in my heart...remember when Beyonce said "yes" real loud on one of her new songs? His whole album is like that! Superb. I never knew he was so funny until 106 & Park. The man can dance, he's funny, he's adorable, he's sexy, and he can SANG!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The hooks are too repetitive, even for hip-hop, and the lyrics are incredibly immature. Even in the liner notes it's obvious that Usher is way too impressed with himself...there's no humilty in his lyrics thus it's hard to enjoy some of the catchiness of (just) some of the songs. His voice is still as beautiful as ever though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The tracks on this cd, take you all over the place...a full spectrum of emotions. It's not too often when you can pop a cd in, and listen to it from beginning to end. AND, enjoy every minute of it. 3 single-worthy tracks: obviously YEAH, BURN and BAD GIRL, and the "fillers" send you off in melodic bliss too!