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  • Summary: The fifth album for the R&B singer features Young Jeezy, will.i.am, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Beyoncé, and Lil Wayne.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. At nearly 70 minutes, the disc could certainly have used a stronger editing hand, and even in his newly revelatory state, Usher remains more a smooth entertainer than an astute lyricist. Still, a good portion of Stand's tunes deserve a place in the dance-floor pantheon--and, yes, in the bedroom, too.
  2. Here I Stand is almost exactly the kind of release you'd expect a 29-year-old Usher to deliver in 2008, and while it is seriously doubtful the album will move more copies than the nearly diamond platinum "Confessions," there is plenty to like about it.
  3. The album would be much better without its excess of undistinguished ballads, but that aside, it's a more accomplished version of "Confessions," the hooks more effortless, the singing even better, the songwriting more consistent.
  4. A little too sitting-on-the-dock-of-the-bay for Chris Breezy–trained earbuds, perhaps, Here I Stand is pure grown-man bidness.
  5. 60
    Usher has called Here I Stand his “grown and sexy” album, and he’s half right. Apart from a couple of A­up-tempo tracks by Danjahandz (“Appetite”) and Scandinavians-of-the-moment Stargate (“What’s a Man to Do”), the production is cocktail-lounge crunk, full of splashy cymbals, jazzy electric guitar and tinkly pianos.
  6. As it is, it merely stands him in good stead amongst the many contenders for his throne.
  7. Last year he made the magnificent 'Dat Girl Right There', only to omit it in favour of the gloop he wades through on this.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. ifaishiaw.
    Jun 28, 2008
    10
    I Love Usher.... His Album was so HOtT??? i have to one for the house and one for my car.
  2. sandeep
    Jul 1, 2008
    9
    Marvelous n amazing.
  3. DJKNIGHTXIII
    May 27, 2008
    9
    Lovely album from Usher. If we are just to talk about the stunning ballad Moving mountains then the album deserves a 10 for that track alone.
  4. Jul 22, 2013
    8
    I was impressed of Usher's maturity established throughout the album, although, half of the songs still proved to be prone to what I wouldI was impressed of Usher's maturity established throughout the album, although, half of the songs still proved to be prone to what I would call 'commonly depressing' themes that don't give that much of a darker depth into one's feelings, these vague themes are usually used in pop albums which is the kind of turn I felt he was going for (Raymond v Raymond being the evident album). I thought to my self that Usher is better than this, he has the potential to become far more mature and become more R&B-unique and less contemporary and common. Highlights: ''What's A Man To Do'' proved itself worthy, a nice fusion with the electro synths. ''Love in This Club'' is an enjoyable club track, lights up the mood. ''Moving Mountains'' was good, although sung quite over-exaggerated a consistent slow jam. ''Appetite'' was more upbeat, prove its consistency through the interesting lyrical innuendos. And ''His Mistakes'' and ''Forever Young'' in my opinion were the best tracks from the album, both songs, strongly convincing and more moving vocals. Expand
  5. DavidS.
    May 27, 2008
    4
    R&B artist Usher dropped his first release since his son
  6. latriceh.
    Jun 1, 2008
    3
    I am a big usher fan and this album compared to the past ones is horrible....Trading places is a good song...moving mountains is good I am a big usher fan and this album compared to the past ones is horrible....Trading places is a good song...moving mountains is good too(althought the video is horrible) I love Usher truly but I am very disappointed in the quality of music that was released after a 4 year break. I hope the next one is better because I expect more of him and I know he can do better. Expand
  7. tiastory
    May 28, 2008
    0
    It sucks best songs in the club remix and in the club the rest is trash.... bring back the confessions please.

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