Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 10, 2011
    Needless to say, the time is right for the phrase "just another" to be banned from use when discussing him.
  2. Addictive R&B hooks and all-dancin', all-lovin' subject matter boosted with hot production tweaks. [Jun 2004, p.107]
  3. [He] still doesn't quite cut it as a horny roughneck.
  4. It finds [Usher] deftly segueing from loverboy to loverman, embracing harder-hitting sounds and subject matter without sacrificing his soulful sugar. [26 Mar 2004, p.72]
  5. 60
    His songwriting isn't a strength, and his ballads often drown in their own inanity. [Apr 2004, p.132]
  6. With lead single "Yeah!" being a genuine cyber funk masterpiece, and a lot of other perfectly respectable tunes backing it up, "Confessions" isn’t hard to like. But with the overall impression being of nice Usher making another nice album, it’s impossible to get excited about.
  7. Like lots of recent R & B albums, this one is heavily front-loaded. Usher's voice never fails him (there are a few falsetto runs that seem intended to put Mr. Timberlake in his place), but near the end, the songwriting does. [28 Mar 2004]
  8. At 60 minutes, however, the album runs at least three songs too long, spoiling the tension and spirit with material that is plain gushy and, still, lame.
  9. His pipes are in tip-top shape, sure, but hearing this stuff is sometimes more embarrassing than reading your little sister's diary.
  10. Confessions is a top-of-the-line pop-soul showcase that... manages to be commercially savvy without coming off as too desperate.
  11. The music here tries to be as unobtrusive as possible, its plasticky tone and carefully shined finish constructed to contrast with the earnest soulfulness of Usher's singing. And it's in his words that the album finds the substance that it does have.
  12. 70
    Though Confessions doesn't bring Usher all the way to the artistic maturity one might hope for, tracking this star's progression definitely has its satisfactions. [May 2004, p.160]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. usherismaddhott
    Jun 4, 2004
    OMG i luv this cd! it shows how sweet and sensative usher can be. it also shows that he has a playa side to him to but that makes him hott!! any girl would agree that he's hott. ain't i right?! this cd is the best usher cd so far! Full Review »
  2. jenniferm
    Apr 13, 2004
    that cd is good i love that song these are my confessions i love that song usher raymond kept you head up and love chill.
  3. ErikaJ
    Apr 4, 2004
    Usher outdid himself on this album. He opened up and let his confessions out. It takes a lot of guts to do that and Usher did it. I give it to him. Nobody else in the game is doing it, so it's great to finally hear "real" music. Thanks for being real with us Usher. Hands down, this album is hott. Full Review »