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Usher - Here I StandWhen Usher Raymond married Tameka Foster on Aug. 3, 2007, a lot of his fans were not only disappointed, but worried about how being married would affect his music. Some feared that being a family man with a wife (and now a son) would prove to be a detriment to not only his music, but his career as a whole. Well, as it turns out, Usher's life change indeed has had an affect on his creativity - a positive effect. Here I Stand, which will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2008, is definitely as good - if not better - than his last studio album, 2004's massive worldwide hit, Confessions. Usher's in zero danger of losing his mojo. For more, check out the full review of Usher's Here I Stand.

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May 23, 2008 at 7:28 am
(1) viciuzurban says:

The album was time-consuming, boring and lazy, i literally fell asleep. usher talks the talk but he didnt deliver; a re-release is a no brainer considering the lackluster material he was given. he attempted to do the softly softly approach and it backfired, the subtleties never really shone through. it wasnt visionary or forward thinking. it lacked ambition and there wasnt really any insight into the man other than what i already knew or read about him. i expected this type of album from an artist who was releasing his second album not 5 deep into a career. too many throwaway tracks which just add filler to the mix. productions sounds dated, lyrics are cheesy and the whole album lacked consistency, was uneven and uneventful, destroying the listening experience. Ush has the capacity to make solid long-standing test of time songs but yet he regurgitates the most mediocre subject matters and trivial concepts which goes to show just how limited he really is as an artist, im not talking about an entertainer, dancer, entrepreneur. the album’s half flows with the most consistency, although too many missteps, minor particular highlights include before I met you, something special, his mistakes, what’s a man to do. the interludes were corny, and unthoughtful. i was expecting that one great track ode to his new baby ala babyface but it wasnt delivered. maybe he should have enlisted him once again. it ceases to amaze my why “will work for love” is a hidden track, its better than half the cr*p on the album. save your money kids. I want consistency, not a handful of clevely structured songs and overrated filler jammed in between. when usher finds his stroke, its because of well written lyrics and simple understated production. Much of the new material can easily be compared to his 8701 days. The problem with the “Movings Mountain” video was that it was TOO literal. u dont need to go that route to showcase what the “moving mountains” metaphor means visually, emotionally and peripherally – the lyrics do the job good enough – they failed to comprehend the meaning of the lyrics, theres so much going in there – the gas, the flames, the slow death, the fact that she is haunting her i.e “ghost”, we never really see that she is the one that is hurting, the lies the sorries, what should be in both the minds of Usher or the director predominantly is how that is going to translate onto the screen – doing what they did with the video was too easy and too simpe and a copout, it was predictable and laughable – i mean to have her standing on the mountain doing nothing, lipsyncing parts of the chorus, they could have utilised her better – it should have transition from a domestic setting into the landscape, cutting and running back between both. he should have secured the help of an unknown director or a french one at least – it wasnt epic as some have called it. im sick of that looking into the water cr*p and there she is sh*t directors pull and then she disappears or holding a pendant with her picture in it as if just to fill in the time, wheres the originality and innovation. its amazing what CGI can do to cover up the sh*tty simple direction of a good track, even the mountain looked fake. he should have flown to siberia or tajikistan for the real thing.

on a side note its nearing june were u leaving nero or did they renew your contract?

May 23, 2008 at 7:45 pm
(2) Nero says:

I’m staying. And it wasn’t a case of a contract renewal (there aren’t any renewals, it’s an open-ended deal), it was a case of me possibly leaving to do something else.

May 23, 2008 at 8:06 pm
(3) viciuzurban says:

so u dont get paid to stay or do you get freebies lol i just saw the video and it wasnt that good. its directly linked to the material because a song and a video are one in the same thing. you cannot have a good song and then give it a lazy treatment, not only was it a letdown but it was laughable. when you have such an intense song as this, the most predictable way to go is to do an all out epic over the top kind of display. sure most dense fans will accept and like it for what it is but i would have like him and the directors to have taken a minimalist approach to the treatment. that would have been less predictable and hold more integrity. its like usher didnt really care what direction the video went, both love in this club and moving mountains was directed in the same day, rushed? i think so. the brothers strause are more visual effects prone and failed to comprehend the intensity of the lyrics. if an artist cannot see that disparity then why ok the video in the first place. when you look at the totality of the songs and the videos to this point, its both a strike against the artist. its implies that he/she has given up and couldnt really be bothered.

May 23, 2008 at 10:15 pm
(4) susan says:

Was totally disappointed by Usher’s new album. It was more filler songs then any stand out tracks. Was also disappointed by his lipsynching both songs on DWTS. Although I thought only about half of Confessions was any good and the rest filler at least it had some get up and dance tracks. Here I Stand is all lay down and fall asleep tracks.

May 28, 2008 at 11:59 pm
(5) JOY says:

I DEFINITELY THINK CONFESSIONS WAS BETTER,AND AGREE WITH THE FIRST COMMENT THAT THE HIDDEN TRACK WILL WORK FOR LOVE IS NEARLY THE BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM.

August 9, 2008 at 1:03 am
(6) D3AN.. says:

But Usher’s Album had really high first week sales.
Did the sales drop in the second week?

August 9, 2008 at 2:34 am
(7) Nero says:

Yeah, sales dropped about 60 percent in the second week.

August 15, 2008 at 11:36 am
(8) harv dent says:

sorry usher break up with you wife then comeback … confessions II.. Imma homo lol

August 15, 2008 at 6:35 pm
(9) christian says:

the n*gga below me is an idiot u will never understand wut he is saying u arent him he refers to his x girlfren wen he says ghost the one he wrote u got it bad about u dont understand he lives for makin albums and singing u cant critize cuz he is on tv and u r at Home so who is betta u or Him he makes more money in a month den u make in ur whole life so who does that make a boring person u or him u can fall alseep all u want obviously 520,000 ppl didnt becaue they bought it for 20 dollas abd obviously u took ur time to type all dat shit so u jus hatin get off ur ownnuts and get a life

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