CD Raymond V. Raymond [Digipak] (CD 6299932),
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Raymond V. Raymond [Digipak]
2. Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)
3. There Goes My Baby
4. Lil Freak - (featuring Nicki Minaj)
5. She Don't Know - (featuring Ludacris)
6. OMG - (featuring will.i.am)
7. Mars vs Venus
8. Pro Lover
9. Foolin' Around
11. So Many Girls
12. Guilty - (featuring T.I.)
14. Making Love (Into the Night)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61552
Matt Marrin; Tre Williams; Rob Skipworth; Marcella "Ms. Lago" Araica; Miles Walker; Vernon Mungo; Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine; John Horesco IV; Ian Cross; James Wisner; Jay Stevenson; Rob Marks; Will.I.Am
Audio Mixers: Matt Marrin; Jaycen Joshua; Manny Marroquin; Dylan Dresdow; Ian Cross; Jermaine Dupri; Mark "Spike" Stent; Phil Tan; Bob Horn; Tim Sonnefeld; Brian Stanley .
Recording information: Chungking Studios, New York, NY; Flyte Tyme Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; Midnight Blue Studios, Miami, FL; No Excuses Studio, Santa Monica, CA; Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA; Soapbox Studios, Atlanta, GA; Star Studio, Alpharetta, GA; Star Studios, Atlanta, GA; Studio At The Palms, Las Vegas, NV; Tree Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA; Tree Sound Studios, Norcross, GA.
Photographer: Anthony Mandler.
The making of Usher's sixth studio album was inevitably affected by the end of his marriage and its aftershocks. "Papers," the early buzz single for Raymond V Raymond, bears the closest relation to the turbulence he experienced. He pours himself into that song more than any other on the set, and breakup lyrics don't get much more specific than "You don't think I know what's up, but sweetheart that's what ruined us" or "I done damn near lost my mama." The song was awarded the top spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Many of the songs on the album have to be taken on their own, stripped of context; otherwise, determining what applies to Usher's real and fantasy lives can be problematic. The album's catchiest uptempo song, "Lil Freak," featuring Nicki Minaj, effectively swipes the synthesizer line from "Living for the City" -- a classic containing Stevie Wonder's most angered social commentary -- for the sake of Usher's lesbian tryst. Otherwise, the slow jams and the few moments when Usher sounds as if he's having actual fun win out. Two of the best happen to be collaborations with Jam and Lewis and the Avila Brothers. "Mars vs Venus," a very slow jam, soars, while "Pro Lover" is a breezy, casual number filled with sweet dub accents. ~ Andy Kellman
Rolling Stone (p.75) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[M]ostly he's in loverman mode, delivering seduction-by-numbers like 'So Many Girls'..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.75) - "[S]leek, grown-and-sexy R&B tuned to all-the-single-ladies seduction..." -- Grade: B-
Billboard - "Drawing from a skillful fusion of R&B/hip-hop/pop, Usher addresses the trappings of fame on the uptempo 'Monstar'..."
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