Raymond v. Raymond

  • Record Label: La Face
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 2010
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32

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  1. JP
    Mar 30, 2010
    9
    This album is a good follow up to Here I Stand, he worked with some great producers to put together a great album, even though his album was leaked many months back. OMG is a follow up to his song on Here I Stand, Whats your name. if you are a fan of usher this album will be what you need to pick you up out of the slump that R&B has been in.
  2. DillonT
    Apr 5, 2010
    8
    Raymond vs Raymond is everything an usher fan could want. Its not Confessions but Michael never made another Thriller either. With songs "Lil Freak', 'Papers' and 'OMG' keep you wanting more but the lack of story line and the uninspiring "So Many Girls" hurt the album and keep keep it from being an instant classic. But it is worth the wait clearly better than Raymond vs Raymond is everything an usher fan could want. Its not Confessions but Michael never made another Thriller either. With songs "Lil Freak', 'Papers' and 'OMG' keep you wanting more but the lack of story line and the uninspiring "So Many Girls" hurt the album and keep keep it from being an instant classic. But it is worth the wait clearly better than "Here I Stand". Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2011
    9
    Nice, half of his songs are really good, and some deserve to actually become International hits, but at the same time, some songs you can find them quite boring and some quite slow, but the balance added to this album affects the rating boundaries of music critics. Though a good achievement and great varieties balanced the scale.â
  4. Darlene
    Apr 5, 2010
    10
    Sounds good with a lot of variety.
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. The sleek dancefloor track “So Many Girls,” one of a few songs in which Usher sounds dead in the eyes, going through the motions, desensitized by the bounty of women at his feet, is followed by the sarcastically titled “Guilty,” where he whines “I guess I’m guilty for wanting to be up in the club” — which warrants a response like “Yes, attached 31-year-old man, that’s correct.” A few songs before that is a quasi-redemptive ballad “Foolin’ Around”; he humbles himself, seems to take responsibility for his actions, then casually drops “Guess that’s just the man in me, blame it on celebrity.”
  2. Raymond v. Raymond, his latest release, is something else entirely: an album ostensibly about divorce but too timid to explore the subject in all its complexities.
  3. The boilerplate swagger is balanced by the falsetto sweetness of “There Goes My Baby.” And a couple of songs actually live up to the promise of the album title and its suggestion of a more emotionally complex Usher.