My Way

My Way

by Usher
     
 

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Usher proved that he had a strong, soulful voice with his self-titled debut, but he fulfilled his potential on his second record, My Way. What makes Usher distinctive from his urban loverman peers is the fact that he doesn't oversing; he simply delivers his songs soulfully. Unfortunately, he falls prey to uneven material, just like any of

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Usher proved that he had a strong, soulful voice with his self-titled debut, but he fulfilled his potential on his second record, My Way. What makes Usher distinctive from his urban loverman peers is the fact that he doesn't oversing; he simply delivers his songs soulfully. Unfortunately, he falls prey to uneven material, just like any of his peers, but there are more strong songs on My Way than many contemporary R&B albums from the late '80s. Both Jermaine Dupri and Babyface contribute seamless productions and fine songs; respectively, "You Make Me Wanna..." and "Bedtime" are their best ballad contributions. Even if the ballads are usually seductive and romantic, cuts like the funky "Just Like Me," which features a cameo from Lil' Kim, might make you wish Usher didn't play it cool all of the time. And while it's refreshing to hear a hip-hop/urban R&B album clock in at a reasonable running time, it would have been nice if the tenth track was something other than a remix of "You Make Me Wanna..." Nevertheless, it's a strong second effort that showcases Usher at his best.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/1997
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886919945720
catalogNumber:
199457
Rank:
25762

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Usher   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Babyface   Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Shanice Wilson   Background Vocals
Trey Lorenz   Background Vocals
Trina Broussard   Background Vocals
Jermaine Dupri   Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass
Monica   Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Lil' Kim   Vocals
Jagged Edge   Background Vocals
Manuel Seal   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Executive Producer
Joe Cocker   Composer
Isley Brothers   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Belinda Lipscomb   Composer
Manny Marroquin   Engineer
Chris Stainton   Composer
Phil Tan   Engineer
Sprague Williams   Producer
Serban Ghenea   Engineer
George Meyers   Engineer
Rob Williams   Engineer
Lil' Kim   Composer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Randy Walker   MIDI Programming
Usher Raymond   Composer
John Hayes   Engineer
Brian Casey   Composer
Boaz Watson   Composer
Cherie O'Brien   Creative Coordinator
Antonio M. Reid   Executive Producer
Darrick "D.L." Warfield   Art Direction
C. Hannibal   Composer
S. Blair   Composer
Sidney Johnson   Composer
T. Riley   Composer
Manuel Seal   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation

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