returns from a hiatus and gives us Here
I Stand, a LP that declares his
independence from the youth he enjoyed.
A lot of has happened to Usher since
his Confessions LP.
For one he’s married with a
child and part-owns the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He took a lot of flack for his marriage
during his time out of the studio so
getting back into the music is what I’m
sure is what he wants to do. Featuring
production from Tricky Stewart, The Dream,
Danja, Polow Da Don, Jermaine Dupri,
will.i.am, Ne-Yo, Jazze Pha, L.O.S.,
Manuel Seal, Bryan-Michael Cox, Dre & Vidal
certainly has some good production
but how does it rate up? Let’s
give it a GeoGlobes rating right now.
“Love in the Club” is the
first single and has a good sound although
Jeezy lyrics have something to be desired.
Places" is about the before, during and
after sex time and is good for sexy talk
with that significant person.
Mountains” is getting some airplay
on the radio and sound like it should
video because of the dramatic baseline.
Your Name” and “This Aint
Sex“ remind me of Michael Jackson
and the 80’s sound.
for You” is a nice song for his
newborn child and “Something Special“ is
a throwback song and has a bluesy feel
to it. It’s my one of favorites
on the LP.
wants to sweep you off your feet with
a feather touch in “Love
You Gently” and Jay-Z comes around
to help on “Best Thing”,
an upbeat track about losing what you
tracks worth listening to include “Before
I Met You”, “His Mistakes”,
Love In The Club Part II (featuring Beyonce & Lil’ Wayne)
for the star appeal, Lifetime (produced
by JLack), the title track “Here
I Stand” (a soulful cut produced
by Dre & Vidal) and “Will Work
like this LP. While it doesn’t
have the “hits” that many
have come to know to expect from Usher
it does have high quality lyrics and
production and Usher shows maturity in
most of the album (“Love in the
Club” not included) when it comes
to more love talk and less lust talk.
I think Usher coming off Confessions may
have disappointed many because but if
you take this LP on it’s own
merit you will see it’s a good
and fun listen. Some parts can be cliché but
others are very unexpected coming from
Usher. Usher is proving he can do what
the Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake and
Ne-Yo type of singers do but also take
you somewhere else. It’s a dog
eat dog industry but if the people give
it true chance they will see something
give it 4 GeoGlobes.
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