Raymond Vs Raymond (2010)
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|With over 27 million albums sold worldwide, Usher is back with his 7th album, Raymond v Raymond. Following the success of his platinum selling 2008 release Here I Stand,
Raymond v Raymond takes you on a journey through the dichotomy of a man.|
Raymond v Raymond opens up another chapter of Usher's coming of age as he tells the story of balancing the challenges of day to day life as an evolving man while jumping back on the scene as a sex symbol and fearless superstar entertainer. With the help of some of the biggest producers in music including Polow Da Don, Jim Jonsin (Lollipop), Danja (Sober) and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Raymond v Raymond is sure to paint a vivid portrait of growth, triumph, defeat and happiness.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Audio Mixers: Matt Marrin; Jaycen Joshua; Manny Marroquin; Dylan Dresdow; Jermaine Dupri; Ian Cross ; Mark "Spike" Stent; Phil Tan; Bob Horn; Tim Sonnefeld; Brian Stanley .|
|Recording information: Chungking Studios, New York, NY; Flyte Tyme Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; Midnight Blue Studios, Miami, FL; No Excuses Studio, Santa Monica, CA; Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA; Soapbox Studios, Atlanta, GA; Star Studio, Alpharetta, GA; Star Studios, Atlanta, GA; Studio At The Palms, Las Vegas, NV; Tree Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA; Tree Sound Studios, Norcross, GA.|
|Photographer: Anthony Mandler.|
|The making of Usher's sixth studio album was inevitably affected by the end of his marriage and its aftershocks. "Papers," the early buzz single for Raymond V Raymond, bears the closest relation to the turbulence he experienced. He pours himself into that song more than any other on the set, and breakup lyrics don't get much more specific than "You don't think I know what's up, but sweetheart that's what ruined us" or "I done damn near lost my mama." The song was awarded the top spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Many of the songs on the album have to be taken on their own, stripped of context; otherwise, determining what applies to Usher's real and fantasy lives can be problematic. The album's catchiest uptempo song, "Lil Freak," featuring Nicki Minaj, effectively swipes the synthesizer line from "Living for the City" -- a classic containing Stevie Wonder's most angered social commentary -- for the sake of Usher's lesbian tryst. Otherwise, the slow jams and the few moments when Usher sounds as if he's having actual fun win out. Two of the best happen to be collaborations with Jam and Lewis and the Avila Brothers. "Mars vs Venus," a very slow jam, soars, while "Pro Lover" is a breezy, casual number filled with sweet dub accents. ~ Andy Kellman|
Engineer: Matt Marrin; Rob Skipworth; Tremaine Williams; Miles Walker; Vernon Mungo; Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine; John Horesco IV; James Wisner; Jay Stevenson; Rob Marks; Marcella Araica; Ian Cross; Will.I.Am
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 03/30/2010|
|Original Release Date : 2010|
|Catalog ID : 61552|
|Label : LaFace|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00886976155223|
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[M]ostly he's in loverman mode, delivering seduction-by-numbers like 'So Many Girls'..."
- "[S]leek, grown-and-sexy R&B tuned to all-the-single-ladies seduction..." -- Grade: B-