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Here I Stand [Usher]

  • 1. Intro
    2. Love In This Club - (featuring Young Jeezy)
    3. This Ain't Sex
    4. Trading Places
    5. Moving Mountains
    6. What's Your Name - (featuring
    7. Prayer For You (Interlude)
    8. Something Special
    9. Love You Gently
    10. Best Thing - (featuring Jay-Z)
    11. Before I Met You
    12. His Mistakes
    13. Appetite
    14. What's A Man To Do
    15. Lifetime
    16. Love In This Club Part II - (featuring Lil Wayne/Beyonc)
    17. Here I Stand
    18. Will Work For Love
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 88697233882

  • Credits

    Following the nine-times platinum CONFESSIONS, Usher had a tall order to fulfill with 2008's HERE I STAND. To his credit, the R&B sensation didn't merely replicate CONFESSIONS, but instead moved into new thematic territory while still remaining true to his now-patented silky-smooth urban contemporary sound. Lyrically, HERE I STAND reflects Usher's commitments as a husband and father, with songs like "Before I Met You" and "Lifetime" replacing the wild narratives of his bachelor days. R&B's premiere player seems to have grown up.
    But even given Usher's maturity on this set, there's plenty to please the legions of fans used to his sensual, stylish music. Opener "Love in This Club" is a soaring, thumping anthem featuring a spot by Young Jeezy, while "Part II" boasts appearances by Beyonce and Lil Wayne. "Best Thing," featuring Jay Z, blends hip-hop with Usher's sweet soul. But the album's real highlights--moments like "Trading Places" and the old-school-sounding "Something Special"-- feature Usher's sexy, elastic voice unleashed to full effect, reminding listeners that just because Usher is settling down doesn't mean that he's getting stale.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (p.120) - "[A] good portion of STAND's tunes deserve a place in the dance-floor pantheon..." -- Grade: B+
    Blender (Magazine) (p.72) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The production is cocktail-lounge crunk, full of splashy cymbals, jazzy electric guitar and tinkly pianos."
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