15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the four years between My Way and 8701, Usher went from 18 to 24, and as he grew up so did the R&B landscape. With 8701 (named for the album’s release date, August 7th, 2001), the sober slow jams of Nineties give way to slick pop songs and sly club tracks. P. Diddy delivers the thumping “I Don’t Know,” while Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis provide the gliding, flirtatious “U Remind Me,” a song directly inspired by Usher’s smoother-than-smooth dance moves. Despite the uptempo atmosphere, a current of hurt and regret runs through 8701, and song after song — from “I Can’t Let You Go” to “You Don’t Have To Call” to “Can U Help Me”— finds the singer haunted by a figure of lost love. This theme culminates on “U Got It Bad,” a smoldering Jermaine Dupri production that could easily be the first great torch song of the 21st century. Bolstered by a newfound sense of maturity Usher used 8701 to make the crucial (too often fatal) transition from talented teen sensation to one of R&B’s leading men.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the four years between My Way and 8701, Usher went from 18 to 24, and as he grew up so did the R&B landscape. With 8701 (named for the album’s release date, August 7th, 2001), the sober slow jams of Nineties give way to slick pop songs and sly club tracks. P. Diddy delivers the thumping “I Don’t Know,” while Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis provide the gliding, flirtatious “U Remind Me,” a song directly inspired by Usher’s smoother-than-smooth dance moves. Despite the uptempo atmosphere, a current of hurt and regret runs through 8701, and song after song — from “I Can’t Let You Go” to “You Don’t Have To Call” to “Can U Help Me”— finds the singer haunted by a figure of lost love. This theme culminates on “U Got It Bad,” a smoldering Jermaine Dupri production that could easily be the first great torch song of the 21st century. Bolstered by a newfound sense of maturity Usher used 8701 to make the crucial (too often fatal) transition from talented teen sensation to one of R&B’s leading men.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
478 Ratings

478 Ratings

kcteahen24 ,

USHA

I don't know why people hate on this CD! It's got to be the best he's ever made, and anyone who says it's not Usher, let me ask you: Who do you think he is? This CD is tight, and although it's gettin older, I still love it!

MikeMilan ,

iTunes, Listen UP..!

Kelis is NOT on "U Don't Have To Call."

I just wasted my money on a song I already have...not good.

oldschooljunky94 ,

Now why won't iTunes put this CD cover on my iPod??

I like this CD personally. But someone said that this isn't usher... what do they mean, this is definatly usher.

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