Release Date: Mar 23, 2004
Record label: La Face
Genre(s): Rap, R&B, Urban
Confessions' most detracting factor is its length. At an hour in duration, it could be stripped of five songs and be far more powerful, especially since no one would have to do any wading to get to the meaty parts. On the other side of the coin, the smartest move Usher makes here is in allowing the Lil Jon-produced "Yeah!" to take its rightful place as the only club track; any attempt at doing something stylistically similar would've failed miserably in its presence.
The oaken torso behind the 1998 No 1, You Make Me Wanna, R&B crooner Usher Raymond is a single-entendre kinda guy, and his "confessions" aren't fit for virginal ears. Naturally, America's 12-year-olds can't get enough, helping to propel his last album to 7m worldwide sales. There are enough insinuating slow jams on this follow-up to keep them, and their mothers, loyal - though the unconverted will get the point long before the 19th track brings things to a knackered conclusion.