Confessions [Special Edition]

Confessions [Special Edition]

by UsherUsher

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Overview

With his first album since 2001's Grammy-winning 8701, contemporary R&B star Usher has his work cut out for him. The heartthrob proves he's up to the challenge by kicking off his fourth disc with the crunked-up single "Yeah!," propelled by cameos from Dirty South hip-hop brethren Lil Jon and Ludacris. And while there are plenty more upbeat club tracks, including the Michael Jackson–reminiscent "Take Your Hand," Confessions isn't all about the good times. As the title suggests, on several songs Usher comes clean about many facets of his personal life, including past indiscretions ("Confessions Part II"), his painful breakup with longtime girlfriend Chilli of TLC ("Burn"), and having the karmic tables turned by a female player ("Caught Up"). Elsewhere, it's clear that the smooth, falsetto-prone crooner's primary goal is merely to seduce his already enraptured female fans with sexy mid-tempo tracks like the quiet-storm jam "Can You Handle It?," the funky, guitar-led "Bad Girl," and the X-rated "That's What It's Made For." By tackling more adult subject matter with each of his albums, Usher has successfully transitioned from cute teenybopper to bona fide adult hottie -- a feat his idol Jacko never quite accomplished. And although airing his dirty laundry and then putting out an APB for all bad girls to come out and play sounds a bit contradictory, that's exactly the kind of trifling behavior that makes this abs-a-licious bad boy all the more irresistible.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2004
Label: La Face
UPC: 0828766398229
catalogNumber: 63982
Rank: 13627

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Usher   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bobby Ross Avila   Flute,Guitar,Piano,scratching,Strings,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Moog Bass
Larry Cox   Keyboards
Sandy Garrett   Background Vocals
Jimmy Jam   fender rhodes
LaMarquis Jefferson   Bass
Tony Tolbert   Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Faith Evans   Background Vocals
Ken Lewis   Guitar
Twista   Rap
Craig Love   Guitar
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Background Vocals
Usher Raymond   Background Vocals
Lil Jon   Rap
James "Big Jim" Wright   Bass,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Iz   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,scratching,Drums,Keyboards,Moog Bass
Kanye West   Rap
Darcy Aldridge   Background Vocals
Dan Marino   Guitar
L-Roc   Keyboards
Shyne   Rap
Ludacris   Rap
Alicia Keys   Vocals
Bass   Guitar
Paula Patton   Background Vocals
Patrice "ButtaPhly" Stewart   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bobby Ross Avila   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Brian Frye   Engineer
Sandy Garrett   Vocal Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Jimmy Jam   Producer
LaMarquis Jefferson   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
Gene McFadden   Composer
James Phillips   Composer
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Manuel Seal   Composer,Producer
Chris Steinmetz   Engineer
Ryan Toby   Composer,Vocal Producer
Doug Wilson   Engineer
Ken Lewis   Engineer
James Harris   Composer
Blake Eiseman   Engineer
Valdez Brantley   Producer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
Usher Raymond   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Lil Jon   Audio Production
Jan Smith   Vocal Producer,Vocal Coach
Andre Harris   Composer,Producer
Pro-Jay   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
Dante E. Barton   Composer,Engineer
Iz   Producer
Robert Daniels   Composer
James Gass   Composer
Richard Wylie   Composer
Ann Mincieli   Engineer
John Horesco   Engineer
J. Smith   Producer,Audio Production
Jonathan Smith   Composer
Vidal Davis   Composer,Producer
Mil Cannon   Video Stills
Mickaël Rangeard   Engineer
Courtney Walter   Art Manager
Rich Harrison   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Ryan West   Engineer
Donnie Scantz   Engineer
Alicia Keys   Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Adonis Stropshire   Composer
Robin Thicke   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Jun Ishizeki   Engineer
Mark Vinten   Engineer
Trak Starz   Engineer
Vincent Dilorenzo   Engineer
Kelly "Dread" Liebelt   Engineer
Keri Hilson   Composer
Kev Mahoney   Engineer
Robert "Rob" McDowell   Composer
James Lackey   Producer
Aaron Spears   Producer
Arthur "Buddy" Strong   Producer
Sean Garrett   Composer
Johnny "Natural" Najara   Producer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Ian Cross   Engineer
Kevin KD Davis   Engineer
Jason Boyd   Composer,Vocal Producer

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