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Usher, 8701

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8701

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Usher
Producers:
Arista
genre:
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B-

It took four years for Usher to follow up My Way, but he clearly wasn’t using the interval to reinvent contemporary R&B. On 8701, there are predictably soulless guest vocals, production from a cadre of experts (Jermaine Dupri, Jam and Lewis, Babyface), and a bunch of loverman tracks that blend harmlessly together. Usher has settled into his voice nicely, but there’s little beyond the buttery ”U Remind Me” to inspire a listener chant of ”four more years.”

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