Editors’ Notes Co-executive produced by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Usher’s debut album showcases the 16-year-old’s preternatural talent. Although it would be a few years before he found his identity as an R&B singer, on “Think of You” and “Smile Again,” Usher could easily pass for someone twice his age at the start. (On the other hand, the lascivious “Can U Get It Wit It” might have been better saved for Keith Sweat.) But even when Usher and his material are mismatched, the album showcases a potent collection of beats. Bad Boy’s in-house production team, The Hitmen, developed Usher concurrently with the debut albums from Craig Mack and Notorious B.I.G., and the dark, blunted atmosphere of those rap classics is unmistakably present on “Slow Love” and “Make It Right.” There are signs of a bright future for the young singer, but listening now to Usher one can’t help but wish that Diddy had given the kid some time to grow into his voice and instead saved the masterful beat of “I’ll Show You Love” for Biggie.

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I'll Make It Right
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4:50
 
Interlude 1
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0:39
 
Can U Get Wit It
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4:55
 
Think of You
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3:49
 
Crazy
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5:15
 
Slow Love
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4:58
 
The Many Ways
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5:43
 
I'll Show You Love
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4:43
 
Interlude 2 (Can't Stop)
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2:42
 
Love Was Here
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5:37
 
Whispers
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5:17
 
You Took My Heart
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5:12
 
Smile Again
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4:37
 
Final Goodbye
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5:00