• Record Label: Arista
  • Release Date: Aug 7, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Versatility is the key here: staccato beats with mellifluous melody, rich slow-jams and edgy harmonies - but woven through with Usher's own perspective. A winner.
  2. A strong, expressive singer, Usher is particularly adroit at seductive, late-night ballads.
  3. Blender
    It does what it's supposed to, giving Usher a grown-up R&B sound without reducing his boyish charm. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.131]
  4. A disc that flows with soulful vocals showcased in clean, back-to-the-real production settings
  5. But even a busload of heavyweight producers and guests (P. Diddy, Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the Neptunes and more) can't help this Babyface prodigy from playing it too same-y here.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    Usher has settled into his voice nicely, but there's little beyond the buttery "U Remind Me" to inspire a listener chant of "four more years." [10 Aug 2001, p.74]
  7. Vibe
    Feb 4, 2011
    Usher's back at ya with a consistent third album that has a good chance of staying afloat in a marketplace overflowing with crooning R&B clones. [Sep 2001, p.235]
  8. Jan 7, 2011
    Acoustic guitar work, live drums by Stokley of Mint Condition (remember them?), and a cameo by the law-brushing P. Diddy ("If making hits is a crime, I plead guilty") also lend a surprising amount of variety to what could have been an otherwise homogenized set.
  9. Jan 3, 2011
    8701 is more mood music than anything else, and while it does work fairly well on that level, it's not memorable outside of that mood.
  10. Jan 3, 2011
    If the album has a fault, it's that Usher never surrenders his meticulously groomed veneer - don't hold your breath for a genuine rawboned holler or hint of reckless spontaneity among these calculated compositions. Still, despite Usher's radio-safe reserve, 8701's wispy slow jams and booming club cuts strike a sweet nerve.
  11. Q Magazine
    Not quite the step forward he needed. [Sep 2001, p.122]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. May 12, 2013
    8701, Usher's third album, represents a step up from the more pop-oriented style of his previous albums, with a steadier, more consistent8701, Usher's third album, represents a step up from the more pop-oriented style of his previous albums, with a steadier, more consistent production, allowing Usher to express himself vocally more. However, his lack of deviation from remaining pop-friendly R&B with mid tempo filler songs like "Hottest Girl" let the album down, seductive enough to keep you listening, but not enough to captivate you towards the end of the album.

    That being said, the opening two thirds, with stand out singles U Remind Me, U Got It Bad and the Pharrell Williams-produced "U Don't Have to Call" and "I Don't Know (featuring a surprisingly low-key P. Diddy) show off Usher's vocal talents to their fullest. What the album does it does well; a solid piece of urban R&B.
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  2. gabiy
    Feb 19, 2007
  3. markeshiak
    Nov 22, 2006
    i lovve usher very much