Looking 4 Myself [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Usher was pushing his "revolutionary pop" concept as early as 2010, when he told StyleList, "I love that people are talking about the new hair, it represents who I am now and the creative movement of revolutionary pop." Prior to the release of his seventh studio album, he was doing it more than ever, quite likely encouraged by a Top Five Hot 100 collaboration with mainstream dance kingpin David Guetta ("Without You"). With rare exception, revolutionary pop as presented on Looking 4 Myself sounds just like contemporary pop-oriented R&B, or European dance-pop, or some combination of the two. Compared to Usher's previous album, this is weighted more heavily toward ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Usher was pushing his "revolutionary pop" concept as early as 2010, when he told StyleList, "I love that people are talking about the new hair, it represents who I am now and the creative movement of revolutionary pop." Prior to the release of his seventh studio album, he was doing it more than ever, quite likely encouraged by a Top Five Hot 100 collaboration with mainstream dance kingpin David Guetta ("Without You"). With rare exception, revolutionary pop as presented on Looking 4 Myself sounds just like contemporary pop-oriented R&B, or European dance-pop, or some combination of the two. Compared to Usher's previous album, this is weighted more heavily toward dance-pop, much of which is functional and well made but unremarkable. The set is front-loaded with two such numbers. "Can't Stop Won't Stop," a typically savvy production from will.i.am and partner Keith Harris, incorporates flashes of commercial dubstep and a synthesized version of that escalating wordless melody from Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl." The Max Martin/Shellback-produced "Scream," a Top 20 hit by the time the album was released, is a pummeling dancefloor track with a mindless seduction theme. Next is the stellar Diplo collaboration "Climax," a bittersweet, 100% modern ballad that creates tension with space. It's more moving than what precedes and follows, but there are other highlights and a couple pleasantly surprising twists. "Lemme See," featuring Rick Ross, is a slithering, low-slung jam -- one of Usher's best. The easygoing yet emotive title track, a cross between new wave and soft rock with an appearance from Luke Steele (the Sleepy Jackson, Empire of the Sun), could pass for a cover of a missing track from the back half of the first N.E.R.D. album. Ironically, that's the singer's boldest move. While Usher's talent as a vocalist adds some depth to the producer-driven field of dance music, he's more of a creative force when he's working with slower, soul-rooted material. There's no shame in riding the wave, especially when you can do it better than anyone else. Calling it revolutionary is disingenuous. [A Deluxe Edition features four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886919717723
  • Catalog Number: 197177
  • Sales rank: 20,303

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can't Stop Won't Stop (3:51)
  2. 2 Scream (3:54)
  3. 3 Climax (3:52)
  4. 4 I Care for U (4:07)
  5. 5 Show Me (3:43)
  6. 6 Lemme See - Rick Ross (4:12)
  7. 7 Twisted - Pharrell Williams (3:43)
  8. 8 Dive (3:46)
  9. 9 What Happened to U (4:21)
  10. 10 Looking 4 Myself - Luke Steele (4:11)
  11. 11 Numb (3:45)
  12. 12 Lessons for the Lover (5:07)
  13. 13 Sins of My Father (3:56)
  14. 14 Euphoria (4:20)
  15. 15 I.F.U. (4:02)
  16. 16 Say the Words (4:00)
  17. 17 2nd Round (3:21)
  18. 18 Hot Thing - A$AP Rocky (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Usher Primary Artist
Vincent Henry Saxophone
Salaam Remi Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Max Martin Background Vocals
Ariel Rechtshaid Synthesizer, Keyboards
Jim Jonsin Keyboards
Luke Steele Vocals
Pierre Medor Keyboards
Andre Bowman Bass
Nico Muhly Piano, Strings
Aaron Spears Percussion, Drums
Rico Love Vocals
Czech Film Orchestra Strings
Mashanda Huskey Vocals
Shellback Keyboards
Frank Romano Guitar
Danny Morris Keyboards
Technical Credits
Terry Lewis Composer
Salaam Remi Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Mark Pitts Executive Producer
Max Martin Composer, Producer
Ron Croudy Art Direction
James Scheffer Composer
Pharrell Williams Composer
Carl Thompson Composer
Reginald Ellis Composer
Ariel Rechtshaid Composer, Producer
will.i.am Producer, Instrumentation
Christopher Wallace Composer
Will Adams Composer
Axwell Producer, Instrumentation
Andrew Coleman Arranger, Engineer, Digital Editing
Klas Åhlund Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Matt Huber Engineer
John Hanes Engineer
Jim Jonsin Programming, Producer
Curtis Smith Groomer
Luke Steele Composer, Producer
Diplo Producer
Pierre Medor Composer, Producer
Daniel Morris Composer
Steve Angello Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Nico Muhly String Arrangements
Sebastian Ingrosso Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Rico Love Composer, Producer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild Engineer
Gleyder "Gee" Disla Engineer
Savan Kotecha Composer
Swedish House Mafia Producer
Shellback Composer, Programming, Producer
Kevin Cossom Composer, Vocal Producer
Sean Combs Composer
Sean Fenton Composer
Noah Shebib Arranger, Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Nikolas Marzouca Engineer
Stephen Coleman String Arrangements
Juan Najera Composer
Ryon Lovett Composer
Frank Romano Composer, Producer
Mike Larson Arranger, Engineer, Digital Editing
Nathaniel Hills Composer
William Roberts Composer
Eric Bellinger Composer
Keith Harris Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Thurston McCrea Engineer
Axel Hedfors Composer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel Composer, Producer
Marcella Araica Composer
Sidney "Omen" Brown Composer
Earl Hood Composer, drum programming
Eric Goudy II Composer, drum programming
Usher Raymond IV Composer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Danny Morris Programming
Alessandro Lindblad Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
William M. Joel Composer
Ronald Colson Composer
Mr. Morgan Management
Flippa123 Producer
Wesley Pentz Composer
Rakim Myers Composer
Norman Glover Composer
Nickolas Marzouca Composer
Lundon "Da Bridge" Knighten Composer
Jen Bui Management
Frank Zuber Art Direction
Autoro "Toro" Whitfield Composer
Surahn "Sid" Sidhu Composer
Sam Holland Såklart Engineer
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