Usher: Here I Stand (LaFace/Sony)

Usher was at his most palatable when his producers were using old Berlin techno riffs to get to number one: Yeah, his huge hit from 2004, is a classic of its kind, more like a malfunctioning air raid siren than a conventional R&B smash. Too often, th

7th June, 2008

Usher was at his most palatable when his producers were using old Berlin techno riffs to get to number one: Yeah, his huge hit from 2004, is a classic of its kind, more like a malfunctioning air raid siren than a conventional R&B smash. Too often, though, he succumbs to loverman disease, drenching everything in schmaltz to keep the teenage girls who buy his albums happy.

You can’t fault him for financial pragmatism, but...

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