Looking 4 Myself

Looking 4 Myself

by Usher

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Looking 4 Myself

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2012
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886919717624
catalogNumber: 197176

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
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

Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer
Salaam Remi   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mark Pitts   Executive Producer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer
Ron Croudy   Art Direction
Usher Raymond   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
James Scheffer   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Carl Thompson   Composer
Reginald Ellis   Composer
Ariel Rechtshaid   Composer
will.i.am   Producer,Instrumentation
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Axwell   Producer,Instrumentation
Andrew Coleman   Arranger,Engineer
Klas Åhlund   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Matt Huber   Engineer
John Hanes   Engineer
Jim Jonsin   Programming,Producer
Curtis Smith   Groomer
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
Noah Shebib   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Nikolas Marzouca   Engineer
Stephen Coleman   String Arrangements
Juan Najera   Composer
Ryon Lovett   Composer
Nate Hills   Composer
Frank Romano   Composer,Producer
William Roberts   Composer
Eric Bellinger   Composer
Keith Harris   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Axel Hedfors   Composer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Marcella Araica   Composer
Sidney "Omen" Brown   Composer
Earl Hood   Composer,drum programming
Eric Goudy   Composer,drum programming
Danny Morris   Programming
William Adams   Composer
Alessandro Lindblad   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
William M. Joel   Composer
Morgan   Management
Norman Glover   Composer
Nickolas Marzouca   Composer
Lundon "Da Bridge" Knighten   Composer
Jen Bui   Management
Frank Zuber   Art Direction
Sam Holland Såklart   Engineer
Sean Fenton   Composer

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