Confessions [Special Edition]

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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.

The Lil Jon-produced kickoff, "Yeah," creates sensual panic by combining Usher's jumpy attacks with Jon's sublime, frayed beats.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: La Face
  • UPC: 828766398229
  • Catalog Number: 63982
  • Sales rank: 10,238

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:46)
  2. 2 Yeah! (4:10)
  3. 3 Throwback (4:46)
  4. 4 Confessions (Interlude) (4:20)
  5. 5 Confessions, Pt. 2 (3:31)
  6. 6 Burn (3:51)
  7. 7 Caught Up (3:44)
  8. 8 Superstar (Interlude) (1:04)
  9. 9 Superstar (3:11)
  10. 10 Truth Hurts (3:37)
  11. 11 Simple Things (4:40)
  12. 12 Bad Girl (4:21)
  13. 13 That's What It's Made For (4:37)
  14. 14 Can U Handle It? (4:39)
  15. 15 Do It to Me (3:33)
  16. 16 Take Your Hand (2:45)
  17. 17 Follow Me (3:13)
  18. 18 My Boo (3:43)
  19. 19 Red Light (4:48)
  20. 20 Seduction (4:33)
  21. 21 Confessions, Pt. 2. - Shyne (4:28)
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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
E 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
Herb Powers Mastering
L.A. Reid Executive Producer
Manuel Seal Jr. 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 IV Engineer
Just Blaze 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
John Hanes Digital Editing
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jason Boyd Composer, Vocal Producer
Matt Marrin Engineer
Adonis Stropshire Composer
Robin Thicke Producer, Instrumentation
Jun Ishizeki Engineer
Mark Vinten Engineer
The Trak Starz Engineer
Kevin "KD" Davis 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
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hi

    this CD is so great i really love the songs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Impressed

    Even though i have never been an Usher fan i have to give credit when credit is due. This album is one the best cds i've purchased in awhile. This is a cd that i can honestly say i like more than 2 songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ushers my favorite rapper in the whole universe.

    Usher is the artist im reviewing the title of the song is called yeah the type of music is rap my favorite song is i got a girl friend its my favorite because it tells couples what they should do to stay together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You'll love every track!

    I can't put this CD down! What's not to love about Usher?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Usher is so awesome!!!!!!

    This CD is just awesome. I love it. I know almost all the songs on this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loveable

    I love this cd. Words cant explain it. If you know what Usher is about then get this cd, I recommended it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hit after Hit

    usher has returned to rein over the music world once again with hits like "MY BOO" and "Yeah!"Now there is only one quetion left.Will it last long?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An O.K. C.D.

    If you are looking for a C.D. that you can listen to the whole thing, then don’t get this one. Sure this C.D. has maybe 3 hit songs (Yeah!, Burn, and Confessions), but that’s it. If you wanted these songs, I would suggest downloading them instead of paying more than 15 dollars for a really bad C.D. I don’t know what is with Usher in this C.D? Usually he has a lot of good songs, but I really don’t know what happened with this one. If you really want to pay about fifteen dollars for this C.D., then go ahead, but I wouldn’t recommend that you do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best!

    I think Usher’s Confessions CD is one of his best works ever! You could really relate to his songs and their lyrical content. There’s not a moment where you don’t sing along or get up and dance. My favorite song is “My Boo” because it’s like a love song but the beat makes you want to dance! On this CD Usher really lets out his emotions and how he really feels. I like the way he expresses himself in this CD because you could also relate your problems to them. Usher always has a way of making his CD’s better and better, and I think this CD is one that has the most originality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Greatest!

    Confessions of Usher was probably one of the Best Cd’s that I bought during this year. I gave this Cd four stars because I really liked the way he expressed himself so emotionally in his music. Hearing his music repeatedly never gets tiring. I can say that I truly love his Cd and that it was probably one of the best Selling Cd’s out there. I recommend this Cd to everyone who enjoy hearing Hip Hop and R&B, Especially to Usher lovers out there. I truly believe that you will enjoy hearing his music. Whats also really very wonderful about this Cd is that his lyrics sometimes even relate to your daily life and routines. I highly doubt you will ever regret getting this Cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    usher is great

    usher is great ilove r and b music. my favorite song is my boo . this cd is reccomened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Confessions (Usher)

    this whole cd is excellent!i havent heard the new songs fully.i think by now everyone should have this cd and not just through the net.actually paying for it .....because believe me it is worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love Usher!

    This album is so good. I love every song. I love his voice! And I love his body! He is so fine!

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