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Learn more about Confessions (Special Edition):

Format: CD
Sku: 63905535
UPC: 828766398229
UPC 14: 00828766398229
Release Date: 10/5/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro ~ Usher
2. Yeah! ~ Usher
3. Throwback ~ Usher
4. Confessions (Interlude) ~ Usher
5. Confessions, Pt. 2 ~ Usher
6. Burn ~ Usher
7. Caught Up ~ Usher
8. Superstar (Interlude) ~ Usher
9. Superstar ~ Usher
10. Truth Hurts ~ Usher
11. Simple Things ~ Usher
12. Bad Girl ~ Usher
13. That's What It's Made For ~ Usher
14. Can U Handle It? ~ Usher
15. Do It To Me ~ Usher
16. Take Your Hand ~ Usher
17. Follow Me ~ Usher
18. My Boo ~ Usher
19. Red Light ~ Usher
20. Seduction ~ Usher
21. Confessions, Pt. 2. - (Remix, remix) ~ Usher
 
It has not been established whether Usher is familiar with the confessional school of poetry associated with Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath. But the man sure knows his Marvin Gaye. Riffing off Gaye's Here, My Dear, Usher puts his rambunctious love life at the center of his songs. Dressed up in grooves too slick to resist, Usher coaxes you to sympathize with his superstar lifestyle while entertaining you with the most sensuous jams since R. Kelly started steppin'. One of the best-selling albums of 2004, and also one of the best, period.

"...[Usher embraces] harder-hitting sounds and subject matter without sacrificing his soulful sugar.  Entertainment Weekly
"...a top-of-the-line pop-soul showcase...  The Village Voice

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Muze PNote Personnel: Usher (vocals); Ludacris, Lil Jon (rap vocals); Thicke, Rich Harrison (various instruments); Bobby Ross Avila (guitar, piano, Wurlitzer piano, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, programming, vinyl scratches); Daniel Marino (guitar); James Wright (Wurlitzer piano, bass); Jimmy Jam (Fender Rhodes piano); Larry Cox, L-Roc (keyboards); LaMarquis Jefferson (bass); IZ (drums, percussion, vinyl scratches); Sean Garrett, Darcy Aldridge, Paula Patton (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers include: Just Blaze, Valdez Brantley, Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith, Usher raymond, James Lackey.
Muze PNote This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Muze PNote Personnel: Usher (vocals); Ludacris, Lil Jon (rap vocals); Thicke, Rich Harrison (various instruments); Bobby Ross Avila (guitar, piano, Wurlitzer piano, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, programming, vinyl scratches); Daniel Marino (guitar); James Wright (Wurlitzer piano, bass); Jimmy Jam (Fender Rhodes piano); Larry Cox, L-Roc (keyboards); LaMarquis Jefferson (bass); IZ (drums, percussion, vinyl scratches); Sean Garrett, Darcy Aldridge, Paula Patton (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers include: Just Blaze, Valdez Brantley, Jonathan "Lil Jon" Smith, Usher raymond, James Lackey.
Muze PNote Personnel: Usher (vocals); Alicia Keys (vocals); Kanye West , Lil Jon , Ludacris, Shyne, Twista (rap vocals); Bobby Ross Avila (guitar, strings, flute, piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, drum programming, scratches, background vocals); Craig Love, Dan Marino, E Bass, Ken Lewis (guitar); Stevie Wonder (harmonica); Jimmy Jam (Fender Rhodes piano); James "Big Jim" Wright (Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); L-Roc, Larry Cox (keyboards); Darcy Aldridge, Sandy Garrett, Patrice "ButtaPhly" Stewart, Faith Evans, Tony Tolbert, Paula Patton, Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith, Usher Raymond (background vocals); Iz (guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, scratches).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Jermaine Dupri; John Frye; Manny Marroquin; Ken Lewis ; Jon Smeltz; Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith; Andre Harris; Phil Tan; Serban Ghenea; Tony Maserati ; Vidal Davis.
Muze PNote Audio Remixer: Jermaine Dupri.
Muze PNote Recording information: Baseline Recording Studios, New York, NY; Blue Jay Studios, L.A., CA; Brandon's Way Recording Studios, LA, CA; Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL; Circle House Studios, Miami, FL; Doppler Studios, Atlanta, GA; Enterprise Studios, LA, CA; Flyte Tyme West, Santa Monica, CA; Hitland, Atlanta, GA; Lacoco Studios, Alpharetta, GA; Larrabee North, North Hollywood, CA; Larrabee Sound West, West Hollywood, CA; Oven Studios; Record One Studios, LA, CA; Right Track Studios, New York, NY; Rondor Studios, LA, CA; Sony Studios, New York, NY; SouthSide Studios, Atlanta, GA; Studio Atlantis, LA, CA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; The Record Plant, LA, CA; The Village Recorders, LA, CA; Underlab Studios, LA, CA; Wavelab Recording, Philadelphia, PA; XXX Studios, Paris, France; Zac Digital, Atlanta, GA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Anthony Mandler.
Muze PNote Usher has been a symbol of tender sexuality ever since he shifted from teenage sensation to soulful superstar. He's breathtakingly good at what he does; possessing that undefinable essence known to a select few soul crooners (Al Green, D'Angelo, etc.) who radiate sensuality through song, Usher has reached an apex on the sultry CONFESSIONS, his fifth studio album.
Muze PNote After the obligatory intro, Lil Jon kicks in with his exhortations on the catchy, dance-floor-ready single "Yeah." Usher follows that up with the sublimely sweet "Throwback," a torch song with a fantastic Motown hook. On "Confessions Part II," he exposes his most vulnerable side when admitting to his lover that he's fathered a child with another woman. Exemplifying his versatility, Usher follows the standard pop ballad "Simple Things" with the guitar-riff-driven "Bad Girl," somewhere between 1970s funk and '80s Prince. CONFESSIONS is the sound of an R&B luminary at the top of his game.

Engineer: Doug Wilson; Chris Steinmetz; Matt Marrin; Jun Ishizeki; Donnie Scanz; Kevin "KD" Davis; Vincent Dilorenzo; Ann Mincieli; Ryan West; Micka?l Rangeard; Mark Vinten; Kev Mahoney; Dante E. Barton; Brian Frye; John Horesco IV; Kelly "Dread" Liebelt; Ken Lewis

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Alicia Keys
Muze Guest Artist Lil Jon
Muze Guest Artist Ludacris
Muze Guest Artist Thicke
Muze Guest Artist Jadakiss
Muze Guest Artist Jimmy Jam
Muze Guest Artist Shyne
Muze Guest Artist Kanye West
Muze Guest Artist Twista

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Totally R&b
Muze Music Compilations Brass Knuckles(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations My World
Muze Music Compilations Victory(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Q Soul Bossa Nostra
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now 36
Muze Music Compilations Never Say Never:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Ciara
Muze Music Compilations Growing Pains
Muze Music Compilations Now 40 (Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives I Don't
Muze Music Compilations Kingdom Come(Explicit Version)(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 10
Muze Music Compilations Global Warming:meltdown
Muze Music Compilations GLOBAL WARMING:MELTDOWN(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations State Vs Radric Davis
Muze Music Compilations State Vs Radric Davis
Muze Music Compilations Basic Instinct
Muze Music Compilations Now 35
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail [PA]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Global Warming
Muze Music Compilations Global Warming(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations Last Train To Paris(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Basic Instinct
Muze Music Compilations Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise
Muze Music Compilations Fast Furious 6 (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music 38
Muze Music Compilations Now 46
Muze Music Compilations Top Latino Vol 7
Muze Music Compilations Ellen's I'm Gonna Make You Dance Jams
Muze Music Compilations Under The Mistletoe
Muze Music Compilations Formula Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Fast Furious 6 (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of R Kelly
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits 2

Associated Artists and Works

Chamuel, Michelle
Mane, Gucci
Miguel (R&B)
Nu Beginning

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/05/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 63982
Music Label Name Label : LaFace
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00828766398229

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (4/15/04, p.151)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[Songs such as 'Yeah' create] sensual panic by combining Usher's jumpy attacks with [Lil Jon's] sublime, frayed beats."

Rolling Stone (4/15/04, p.151)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[Songs such as 'Yeah' create] sensual panic by combining Usher's jumpy attacks with [Lil Jon's] sublime, frayed beats."

Rolling Stone (p.153)
- Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "[A] ballad-heavy blockbuster..."

Entertainment Weekly (3/26/04, p.72)
- "The vocalist reveals his new-found maturity by opening with the grittiest song he's ever done....The ensuing track glides smoothly between club-friendly hip-hop soul and ballads." - Grade: B

Entertainment Weekly (3/26/04, p.72)
- "The vocalist reveals his new-found maturity by opening with the grittiest song he's ever done....The ensuing track glides smoothly between club-friendly hip-hop soul and ballads." - Grade: B

Q (p.107)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[H]e's a fully grown R&B sensation....[With] addictive R&B hooks and all-dancin', all-lovin' subject matter boosted with hot production tweaks."

Q (p.107)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[H]e's a fully grown R&B sensation....[With] addictive R&B hooks and all-dancin', all-lovin' subject matter boosted with hot production tweaks."

Bio

Usher

Beyond the 35 million albums he's sold worldwide since the release of his 1993 self-titled debut, the five Grammy Awards, NAACP Image Awards, the countless other accolades (from Billboard, MTV, Soul Train, BET, People's Choice, Vibe and ASCAP), box office records for his worldwide tours and on Broadway (during his 2006 performances as Billy Flynn in the hit musical Chicago), the cumulative 100 million dollar grosses for the films in which he's starred and his recognition as a bona fide global superstar (with gold and platinum albums in over fifteen countries), Usher Raymond has achieved what few other contemporary entertainers have ever accomplished: still under thirty years of age, he has created a network of thriving, successful enterprises that express his leadership in business and as a humanitarian. "It's been quite a journey," he says of the last three years since the release of his mega-platinum Confessions album. "I've been transforming my first passion -- music -- into the areas of business and community contribution and I'm committed to be successful in all that I put time and effort into..."

From his all-important New Look Foundation (whose multi-faceted programs focus on empowering and motivating youth) to his own record label (US Records, a joint venture with Clive Davis' J Records), the creation of his own fragrances for men and women, his part-ownership of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and involvement with a chain of Atlanta restaurants (known as The Grape), Usher's skills as a forward-thinking young entrepreneur reflect the same approach he has taken as an entertainer: for the Tennessee-born, Atlanta-raised performer, songwriter and producer, working on a sixth album for release in late 2007, it's about longevity and staying power.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Usher
Product attributeLabel:   La Face Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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