Usher - Confessions      
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written by Hugo Lunny    
Every critic, a lot of fans and many artists criticize the monotonous feel of music these days. It's true, most everything sounds like its been done before. Originality isn't something we seem to be able to embrace it seems. However, looking a little further beyond the idea that this concept has been attempted before, you notice there is actual worth in what the material bears.

Usher's "Confessions" is nothing revolutionary. The themes used have been attempted throughout most of R&B's successful releases. Thing is though, Usher can f*cking sing brilliantly. His talent allows his themes and concepts to fall behind. The way he performs his simple tales of mistakes and loving episodes encompass us through his vocal hypnotism.

"Confessions Part II" has us hear Usher talk about an accidental pregnancy with his "Chick on the side." The passion heard in his voice makes the listener wonder whether there's some sincerity in these "confessions." Regardless, his performance makes the track worth listening to over again. "Yeah" featuring Lil' Jon and Ludacris was an immense hit, and deservedly so. Lil' Jon's club suited beat is brilliant, and the three artists make full use of this energetic track.

"Confessions" in essence is what the majority of R&B today is; brilliant singing with fairly simple lyrics and over-used themes. Even so, with the talent Usher has in the singing department and the production he enlisted, it's not bad at all.

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