Here I Stand

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
After the release of 2004's Confessions, an album that transformed Usher from an R&B star into a pop superstar, the singer became a husband and father. That grants Here I Stand more lyrical depth than the four previous Usher albums, but we're not talking fathoms. There's a two-minute lullaby for his son, and the noticeably increased talk of settling down and turning in his player card ("My search ends here," "This time love won't let me leave") now holds more weight since he has actually done it through the eyes of the law; he certainly never would have thought to use "Your mama and my mama want some grandbabies tonight" at any earlier point in his life. More ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
After the release of 2004's Confessions, an album that transformed Usher from an R&B star into a pop superstar, the singer became a husband and father. That grants Here I Stand more lyrical depth than the four previous Usher albums, but we're not talking fathoms. There's a two-minute lullaby for his son, and the noticeably increased talk of settling down and turning in his player card ("My search ends here," "This time love won't let me leave") now holds more weight since he has actually done it through the eyes of the law; he certainly never would have thought to use "Your mama and my mama want some grandbabies tonight" at any earlier point in his life. More seriously, and less noxiously, the changes in his life are most evident throughout "Before I Met You," a song that is more direct, sincere, and ultimately believable than "Confessions, Pt. 2.": "You got my life together and I thank you forever." Otherwise, Here I Stand is almost exactly the kind of release you'd expect a 29-year-old Usher to deliver in 2008, and while it is seriously doubtful the album will move more copies than the nearly diamond platinum Confessions, there is plenty to like about it. Beyond some tepid material that can only be expected with a 74-minute album, its biggest weakness is in what it does not contain, like the leaked "Play Me" and the briefly charting "Dat Girl Right There," both of which would have been major highlights. Perhaps these songs would have tipped the scale too far in favor of Usher's wild bachelor past, covered effectively enough through "Love in This Club" (present in its bleary original and sugary sequel forms), the thoroughly synth-lasered "What's Your Name" (the closest in make-up to "Yeah!," if not nearly as revelrous), and the dramatic whirlwind "Appetite" (a Danja-produced Clutch collaboration, the best narrative R. Kelly did not write). Out of the small handful of brow-raising moments, "Trading Places" takes the cake. Put together with Tricky Stewart and the-Dream, it's nearly surreal, with Usher putting equal fervor into several visions of role reversals, whether they are romantic ("You get on top/Tonight I'm on the bottom") or menial ("Wash the car/I'm gonna walk the dog"). Questionable omissions and a little oddness aside, the album leaves no doubt that the R&B male crown (30 and under division) should not change hands.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
The album seesaws between Usher’s old ladies’-man instincts and his current commitment... but tension, not bliss, creates the album’s best songs.
Entertainment Weekly - Margeaux Watson
An autobiographical mix of old-school-meets-new-school R&B ballads, midtempo grooves, and upbeat dance songs that find Usher letting down his guard and truly exposing his vulnerability.

An autobiographical mix of old-school-meets-new-school R&B ballads, midtempo grooves, and upbeat dance songs that find Usher letting down his guard and truly exposing his vulnerability.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: La Face
  • UPC: 886972338828
  • Catalog Number: 723388
  • Sales rank: 28,704

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:28)
  2. 2 Love in This Club - Young Jeezy (4:19)
  3. 3 This Ain't Sex (4:24)
  4. 4 Trading Places (4:28)
  5. 5 Moving Mountains (4:58)
  6. 6 What's Your Name - will.i.am (3:58)
  7. 7 Prayer for You (Interlude) (1:43)
  8. 8 Something Special (3:57)
  9. 9 Love You Gently (3:39)
  10. 10 Best Thing - Jay-Z (3:54)
  11. 11 Before I Met You (4:56)
  12. 12 His Mistakes (4:59)
  13. 13 Appetite (3:58)
  14. 14 What's a Man to Do (4:09)
  15. 15 Lifetime (4:36)
  16. 16 Love in This Club, Pt. 2 - Lil Wayne (5:09)
  17. 17 Here I Stand (9:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Usher Primary Artist
The Ambassadors Keyboards
Assa Drori Violin
Brent Fischer Conductor
Kazi Pitelka Viola
Manuel Seal Jr. Guitar
Harry Shirinian Viola
Jay-Z Guest Appearance
Craig Love Guitar
Karl Heilbron Guitar
Espen Lind Guitar
will.i.am Synthesizer, fender rhodes, Guest Appearance
Jamar Jones Musician
Lil Wayne Guest Appearance
Vahe Hayrikyan Cello
Adam Blackstone Musician
Ray Holton Guitar
Young Jeezy Guest Appearance
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Piano (Grand)
B.M.C. Bass, Strings, Drums, Keyboards
Derrick "Young World" McAlister Keyboards
S.O.S. Horn Players Horn
Donald Ferrone Double Bass
Technical Credits
Chris Hicks Author, Management
Danny D Management
Jermaine Dupri Producer
Clare Fischer String Arrangements
Brent Fischer String Arrangements
Armen Garabedian Principal
Ryan Greene Engineer
Benny Medina Author, Management
Tim Roberts Pro-Tools
Manuel Seal Jr. Producer
Brian Stanley Engineer
Pat Thrall Engineer
Corey Williams Engineer
Jazze Pha Producer
Kuk Harrell Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Craig Love Producer
Mark Pitts Executive Producer, Author
Chris Athens Mastering
Karl Heilbron Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Producer
Brian Springer Engineer
Usher Raymond Executive Producer
Andre Harris Producer, Instrumentation
will.i.am Producer, Engineer, drum programming
John Horesco IV Engineer
Johnta Austin Vocal Producer
Vidal Davis Producer, Instrumentation
Dave Hyman Engineer
John Hanes Digital Editing
Bryan-Michael Cox Arranger, Producer
Tor Erik Hermanson Instrumentation
Vincent Dilorenzo Engineer
G. Preston Boebel Engineer
Padraic Kerin Engineer
Sam Thomas Engineer
James Lackey Producer
J.R. Rotem Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Alec Newell Engineer
Ne-Yo Producer
Greg Ogan Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Tony Terrebonne Engineer
B.M.C. Programming
Tim Blacksmith Management
L.O.S. DaMaestro Producer
Scott Naughton Engineer
Lyah Beth LeFlore Liner Notes
Polow da Don Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    I really like this album. You can hear the growth in all the songs. It may not be the old Usher, but he is a husband and father and you need to sound like one. I keep asking myself why do people say its not Confessions. Its not supposed to be Confessions. That's why you buy the album and keep it so you can always go back to that. Even though I feel like all these songs are dedicated to his wife, the songs are all great. I like all the songs but if I had to choose I would say Love You Gently, Appetite, and Lifetime.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    best cd ever!

    I am ushers # 1 FAN SINCE HE CAME OUT WITH HIS FIRST CD. If you like to be be cool calm and release from the stress and the tension this is the cd for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For The Grown and well you know the rest

    I didnt really like the album when i first got it,for the simple fact it was nothing like confessions. But when i really sat down and listen to the track and the way the album flow i really enjoyed it. You cn really see the growth of Usher and see that his life is changing in some way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His Return

    As I listen to the songs on this compact disc, I think to myself the man has grown dramatically over his five year hiatus and the growth shows in a way that it leaves a different feel than what most are use to when they think of Usher. When I first started listening I wanted to solely pay attention to it for the sheer enjoyment but after going, back to listen to it for the second time I found that I enjoyed his Prayer for You "Interlude", Something Special, and Best Thing the most. Truthfully, it was expected from me for him to put his son on the piece somewhere as well as when you listen to "Something Special" you could tell he was showing love to his wife, which I thought, was unique. With him teaming up with Jay-Z on Best Thing, I think the beat caught my attention but the song was one of the songs that had a nice musical background to it. To say that he opened up with his hit Love in This Club I can defiantly say he's back and he's going to give his fan what he always gives them a show to remember. As a fan of Usher's this is not my favorite compilation but it is an appreciated piece and I definitely look forward to the next complication and as always Mr. Raymond will always have my support.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its the old Usher we've come to love!

    This album reminds me of the Usher we've come to love with 8701 and My way. He's going back to his roots with soft melodic ballads but not raunchiness that you heard in Confessions. This is Usher pop, not usher R&B-his vocal talents are still unmatchable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I was a little nervous at first because I have been an Usher fan for years. But after everything that happened(marriage and children) I have been disappointed on how he treated his fans. But nevertheless I will always remain true to his music. This is an excellent album. You can see the growth in him. I like that the producers and writers are The-Dream and Johnta Austin. My favorites are Moving Mountains, Prayer for You, Love You Gently, Before I Met You, His Mistakes, Appetite, What's a Man To Do, Lifetime, and Here I Stand,

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