Looking 4 Myself

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  • Summary: The seventh studio album for the R&B singer features songs produced and/or written by Diplo, Max Martin, the Neptunes, Rico Love, Salaam Remi, and Swedish House Mafia.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jun 11, 2012
    90
    At its best, a truly next-level soul album. One that has the warm, organic feel of R&B and deep pop hooks, but also the pulsating low-end and shimmering keyboard flourishes of EDM.
  2. Jun 15, 2012
    80
    Looking 4 Myself isn't a classic, it's just not, but until I hear better, it's the best R&B album of the year.
  3. Jun 20, 2012
    76
    Where the experimentation often succeeds, the editing fails.
  4. Jun 11, 2012
    70
    Ultimately, Looking 4 Myself reveals Usher as lost within the genre pick 'n' mix as he ever was; but inbetween its shortcomings, this seventh album sees him beaming proudly through a new and exciting sound.
  5. Jun 15, 2012
    70
    Without any quality control or stylistic cohesion, Usher stumbles into his best record since Confessions. If only this was better planned.
  6. Jun 12, 2012
    70
    The only thing that rings false on Usher's seventh LP is the title.
  7. Jun 11, 2012
    60
    For every hit... there are a couple of misses.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Jul 1, 2012
    10
    Looking for Myself is the best album released so far in 2012.Usher's best since his legendary Confessions. Looking for myself is an albumLooking for Myself is the best album released so far in 2012.Usher's best since his legendary Confessions. Looking for myself is an album that will satisfy both old and new usher fans both male and female.Looking for myself includes the classic climax, great R&B jams such as lemme see,What happened to you, Dive, Sins of Father, Twisted and more as well as club anthems Numb and Euphoria. Expand
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    10
    The idea of making a new genre ''revolutionary pop'' seemed to convince me it deserved that kind of name, the concept, the instrumentals ofThe idea of making a new genre ''revolutionary pop'' seemed to convince me it deserved that kind of name, the concept, the instrumentals of the album shows this primary advantage of how Usher's brilliant idea of mixing genres was worth it, he has tracks for every single audience; The retro-infused songs ''Show Me'', the 90s-esque RnB-infused dubstep track ''I Care 4 U'' and ''What Happened To U'' including the periodical-RnB deluxe track ''IFU''! The seemingly melodramatic electro song ''Euphoria'', which in this case it shows how the album changes the electropop scene that's been going on and on since the start of this decade, and Usher is the only artist at the moment that has done this! Nearly every song has the old RnB fragments yet mixed with the modern electro synths...great examples like Climax, Twisted, I Care 4 U, Can't Stop Won't Stop and Dive. As for Sins of My Father..that must be a future number 1, this just creates a sudden resurrection to neo-soul and this i album is still very underrated, it might be abstract but it is aesthetically interesting at this rate you can see how this album is different to today's same-old electro garbage! Expand
  3. Jun 13, 2012
    10
    Looking for Myself is Usher's best album since 2004's Confessions.Not as revolutionary as he said it would be but a very good album.LookingLooking for Myself is Usher's best album since 2004's Confessions.Not as revolutionary as he said it would be but a very good album.Looking for myself is a good mix of Pop and R&B music that will impress most usher fans. Stand out tracks include lead single Climax,Twisted and Sins of a Father. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2012
    9
    Usher is in the music scene since 1994, its evolution is remarkable. Looking 4 a success Myself A to Z, from music to lyrics, to the singlesUsher is in the music scene since 1994, its evolution is remarkable. Looking 4 a success Myself A to Z, from music to lyrics, to the singles to the realization, in short, a perfect album. Usher in the songs that go past the radio as Scream, Climax and Leemee See. Little anecdotes: I listened to the album by Usher along with that of Jusitn Bieber, and I noticed that the student has not surpassed the master (check out the review I'm on Believe) . Expand
  5. Jul 3, 2012
    8
    This is what I call - contemporary R&B album. Usher has really changed his style from his previous albums. The trinity of ''Looking 4 Myself''This is what I call - contemporary R&B album. Usher has really changed his style from his previous albums. The trinity of ''Looking 4 Myself'' - ''Lemme See'', ''Dive'' & ''Climax''! One of the most enjoyable & fresh albums released this year. Expand
  6. Oct 22, 2012
    8
    E se de um lado veio um produto que parecia muito bom só que não era bem assim do outro veio um que eu não dava nada e noE se de um lado veio um produto que parecia muito bom só que não era bem assim do outro veio um que eu não dava nada e no fim fiquei surpreso, mas uma surpresa muito boa. Depois de dois álbuns de qualidade duvidosa com uma forte tendência de cair na armadilha do "pop farofa", Usher resolveu voltar para as suas raízes com o lançamento de Looking 4 Myself, seu sétimo álbum inédito. E, graças a Deus, o que ele tem de melhor é o seu inegavel dom para fazer R&B. Não que no álbum não tem pop, é que a alma do trabalho vai muito além.

    As qualidades do álbum começam pelo próprio Usher que está perfeito. Ele voltou a equilibrar o poder de falsete que ele tem na voz com interpretações mais poderosas. Esse efeito é importantíssimo principalmente nas canções de tendência mais R&B onde ele arrebenta (em quase todas). Mais autorais em certos momentos, mais divertidas em outros e mais maduras em outras, as composições conseguem dar liga no trabalho unindo de forma coesa todas as músicas. Contudo, o melhor do álbum é sua produção. Apesar de ainda ser multifacetada, a coerência musical alcançada por Looking 4 Myself é surpreendente. Claro, os produtores que vão em um caminho mais R&B/hip hop se saíram melhor, mas aqui as canções pop também tiveram ótimo tratamento. De todos os produtores Pharrell conseguiu produzir as melhores canções com a ótima Twisted onde ele faz um featuring e Hot Thing, colocada na versão deluxe. Há dois momentos surpreendes quando Usher segue um caminho mais pop alternativo com a Looking 4 Myself com participação de Luke Steele do duo Empire of the Sun e na estilizada Say the Words. Nas canções mais pop ele acerta em Scream (resenha a seguir) e com produção de Wil. i. Am em Can't Stop Won't Stop. Na R&B com reggae Sins of My Father, Usher abre o coração de maneira surpreendente. Não existe nenhum momento realmente ruim, mas algumas músicas ficaram abaixo do resto do álbum com a R&B I Care for U e na dance pop Euphoria. O mais curioso é que o álbum, apesar de estrear em 1° na Billboard, vendeu apenas cerca de 120 mil cópias na primeira semana sendo a melhor vendagem para a carreira do Usher. Isso só confirma o que sempre digo: qualidade nem sempre é sinônimo de sucesso.
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  7. Dec 6, 2012
    3
    I didn't enjoy this album at all. I wasn't big fan on it. Usher really let me down, but I give him credit for his songs "Scream" and "Climax"I didn't enjoy this album at all. I wasn't big fan on it. Usher really let me down, but I give him credit for his songs "Scream" and "Climax" they were enjoyable to a certain extent. The rest of the songs didn't met my standard though. My standard was very high, its not the best album he has created. Expand

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