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  • Summary: After being pushed back several times, the sixth album for the R&B singer is finally released, featuring guest appearances from Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, T.I., and will.i.am.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Drawing from a skillful fusion of R&B/hip-hop/pop, Usher addresses the trappings of fame on the uptempo "Monstar," shifts into sexy overdrive on "Lil Freak" (featuring Nicki Minaj) and "Pro Lover," pumps up the beat on the infectious club anthem "OMG" (featuring Will.i.am) and turns introspective on the ballad "Foolin' Around."
  2. His sixth album proves that his ability to make grown-up hits is stronger than ever.
  3. Raymond v Raymond doesn't offer much real revelation. Its main aim is more standard issue: Sleek, grown-and-sexy R&B tuned to seduction, not divorce court.
  4. Since then [2008], Usher's marriage imploded--a development that's good for the single ladies of metro Atlanta but yields mixed results on his sixth studio disc.
  5. Unfortunately, it is hard to embrace these strengths on such a predictably unfocused album.
  6. There are moments where Usher's old charm and vocal velvetiness briefly resurface and remind the listener of what a bright talent he once seemed....But these highlights are rare, and Raymond vs Raymond mostly sounds as shallow and unappealing as its singer.
  7. The album is consistently uninspired, with each song showcasing an incredibly gifted performer grown wearyingly complacent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Darlene
    Apr 5, 2010
    10
    Sounds good with a lot of variety.
  2. 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 Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. 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 "Here I Stand". Expand
  5. UptonK
    Apr 12, 2010
    2
    For a dude who can really sing he has sure managed to put together a cd of garbage. Everything sounds like they are trying way too hard to have a hit single. An over-produced mess without one solid song. Expand