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Genre: R&B & Soul - Pop R&B / Artist: Usher / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2001-07-09 at Bmg

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      15.02.2010 22:01
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      A Very Good Album

      I don't listen to Usher's music enough but he is undoubtedly one of the most talented artists in the world, as a lyricist, a producer, and most importantly a singer. He really has it all.

      8701 is the third album released by Usher and was released in 2001 under Altantic records. The album reached number 1 in the UK and number 4 in the US Billboard charts, and has been certified 4 times platinum. The track that introduced my to Usher was Pop Ya Collar, and strangely enough this track is only included in the international version, due to it not performing as well in the US. Still is is a great track.

      What I enjoyed about this album over his later works which was their are more fast paced and just generally upbeat tracks, maybe due to at this time having less experiences in Marriage etc, although of course they are all pretty much love songs.

      There are some standout tracks here included the pre-mentioned Pop Ya Collar, and also other classics like U Remind Me, U-Turn, U Got It Bad. Their is a resemblence in these tracks as you can see that all start with 'U'. They are all of a similar pace, but have nice lyrics, and catchy beats that you can bounce along to.

      In terms of the more fast paced tracks I like I can't let you go and If I want To are personal favourites, and I love these tracks, and the beat really adds to the track, as well as Usher's catchy hooks. Overall there is not too much I can say about this album, but he really does push on from here to become a global superstar.

      I wouldn't say their are any particular weak tracks here, however it is far from a perfect album, and maybe a few of the average tracks could have been scrapped, and he could have worked with Jermaine Dupri on some faster paced tune with a bit of Dupri rapping to seal the deal, however this is all in the past for Usher now.

      If your a fan of RnB and havent heard this album, then I highly recommend checking it out, as it definitely does stand the test of time, and having been around for nearly fifteen years now he definitely does stand the test of time.

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      15.02.2010 21:00

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      The best album of the noughties!

      8701 was released in 2001 and was the third album by Usher. This album gained him much recognition and many, many hits peaking itself at number one on the UK charts.

      8701 is one of my favourite albums of all time. I abolsutely lovely. If you're one for R and B beats this is the alum for you. There are 17 tracks on this album and I cannot find a single one which I don't like. Perhaps some of the best known tracks are "Pop Ya Collar" and "U Got it Bad". There are a number of other tracks which I love such as "I Don't Know" and "Twork it Out" which have amazing music to rival amazing lyrics. On this Album Usher worked with the likes of P Diddy and Jermaine Dupry to great absolute magic. The album flits between sexy ballads with amazing beats and club classics such as the "U Turn" which created dance fever in clubs espcially in America.

      This album has something for everyone and is (in my view) Usher's very best ablum!

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      13.05.2009 22:19

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      A good album in follow up the the debut My Way

      8701 is a very good album. It came out at a time when I was just finding my musical taste to be R&B, with some great albums released around this time. 8701 was brilliant for me, it had good content and a logical tracklist which seemed to flow. I particularly loved the singles (U Remind Me, U Got It Bad, U Turn) and there were some great album tracks which could easily have been singles, such as Twork It Out. Usher came strong into the UK market with this album, and he had to as Craig David had the UK locked down at the time.

      What Usher brought to the table was a manned up version of Born To Do It, and delivered with definate success, and ever since this he has continued to lead the rest when it comes to R&B, stealing the crown of greats such as R Kelly, 112 to name but a few.

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      05.08.2008 13:02
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      A great great album!!

      Wow what a fantastic album!!! Usher is fantastic

      I love this album, it has all of my old school favourites from the man himself.

      The track list is displayed below:

      1. Intro-lude 8701
      2. U Remind Me (released)
      3. I Don't Know (feat. P.Diddy)
      4. Twork It Out
      5. U Got It Bad (excellent slow song)
      6. Pop Ya Collar
      7. If I Want To (remix with justin timerlake, excellent!!)
      8. I Can't Let U Go
      9. U Don't Have To Call
      10. Without U
      11. Can U Help Me
      12. How Do I Say
      13. Hottest Thing
      14. Good Ol' Ghetto
      15. U-Turn (this song has a great dance, really catchy)
      16. T.T.P.
      17. Separated

      When Usher created this album he ticked all the boxes for me, it has some slow songs, fast songs, they all really make you sing. Usher's vouice is incredible , and definatley unique. He not only sings great but appears to be a great person too. He has not got mixed up with the wrong crowds and has lived his life exactly how he wants to. Usher has not changed his style of music and has kept to what he knows he is good at. This is one of ushers first albums, and is just as good as his later album Confessions. I personally love usher, you will never ever get tired of this album.

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        11.03.2008 18:51
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        Usher's third album; go get it

        "8701" is the third studio album from the R&B superstar Usher. The name of this comes from the the years which Usher's career had been entertaining, from 1987-2001, at that time. This album managed to achieve a #1 in this country as well as five singles of which none did worse than a top-twenty. I believe that this album was the peak of this performers career however, many would say that the LP following this, "Confessions" was greater due to its awards and sales.

        Usher's style was a lot different from what was seen later on in the 2004 album as it contained many less slow songs, all about relationships and such, this does have a similar theme but, he sings about it differently here as the music is funkier, something good to dance to.


        1. "Intro-Lude 8701" (intro)

        2. "U Remind Me"

        **Five Stars**

        This is an example of a track which would have been done to a slow tempo in his newer albums, this was however a great song with a lot of appeal. It has a strong beat ans Usher's vocals are perfect as he sings to a woman about wanting to get with a woman, but cannot due to he similarity to an ex of his.

        Usher managed to secure the first of his five Grammy Awards, this for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002.

        3. "I Don't Know" (feat. P. Diddy)

        **Three Stars**

        This is nice song with a good beat to it and it sounds quite a lot like songs made by P. Diddy around this time as it is a goof track which I can imagine hearing in a club in the late nineties and early 00s.

        Although it isn't too strong and its beat isn't that memorable, I does stick in your head, because it reminds me of other tracks of the period and I think of that era to be my 'golden age' of R&B.

        4. "Twork It Out"

        **Four Stars**

        This is a slow and sensual song which we know Usher for as he masters this type of love song by going on a different angle of creating a sexual mood.

        The song took a while to grow on me as the first couple of times it as just another song about sex, but you start to discover more as you listen to it at a more relevant time.

        5. "U Got It Bad"

        **Five Stars**

        I can't say that I liked this too much until a 2-Step remix was made for this track. However afer hearing that it was made to be one of my favourite Usher songs. This managed to reach number 1 in America and so it was obviuosly successful.

        This is a pure love song by Usher, telling us what it really feels like to be in such a state hen your entire life revoles around the person in your life who you adore so much.

        6. "Pop Ya Collar"

        **Five Stars**

        This is a banger of a track by usher and it gets you up on your feet as soon as it comes on because it has the qualities of a great R&B track with a little added 'thug' just so that the listener range is increased and provides him with added appeal.

        It is the ultimate in feel-good track as he teaches you to just relax and brush off any worries in life and carry on, because you can stay down forever. This record saw great success in the UK and managed to climb all the way to number 2, which I felt was massive for him at the time.

        7. "If I Want To"

        **Four Stars**

        This Jermaine Dupri produced song samples Notorious B.I.G.'s "Going Back To Cali", and you hear it clearly as his deep voice greets you as the track i9s just unfolding. Here he is performing the chorus of the rap and it seems to fit in well with with Usher tune despite the fact that the topic of the records completely contrast.

        Surprisingly when I listen to this track after a while with R&B having moved on quite a bit from the early 00s, the first lyrics by Usher remind me of Justin Timberlake, but at this time he will be at the end of his run with N*Sync.

        8. "I Can't Let U Go"

        **Four Stars**

        I can't quite identify the song, but this reminds of a collaboration between Ush and Diddy around this period of time as it has a similar sound to it, and it has a lot of appeal to it as it is suited to party people, which usually includes everyone.

        9. "U Don't Have To Call"

        **Five Stars**

        This track won Usher's second Grammy and is another big song from him. This is a party song and the artist sings to his girlfriend that he dosen't need her to have to call him, because he's going to go out and party instead of say in and talk to her on the phone.

        The remix of this features a single verse from Ludacris, this completes the track as he gives an added bit of help to get you into the partying mood.

        10. "Without U (Interlude)" (skit)

        11. "How Do I Say"

        **Two Stars**

        At some point there was bound to be a weak link in the album and this is definately it. It is an incredibly boring song with influence from Hispanic recording arts which I am not a fan of, so it made the track go on forever (the near-six-minute span doesn't help), and so now I have to skip straight past it.

        12. "Hottest Thing"

        **Three Stars**

        This song tells a the story of a night where Ush is in the club watching (obviously) the most attractive woman in the place. It is a great way of presenting a tale in the form of a track as it goes through all the emotions of seeing rejection and finally getting accepted.

        I felt that although it wasn't of the highest quality, it is quite memorable as a slow sedcung record which many may enjoy and want to listen to

        13. "Good Ol' Ghetto"

        **Four Stars**

        Usher takes time to take a look at what he has become and decides to show that he knows that no girl is as good as one from the "Good Ol' Ghetto". His overwhelming popularity is shunned in this one as he goes back to his roots in Atlanta to notice that none of the up-market as as good as the ones which he grew up with.

        I really like that he takes time to sing a record like this, because it is a topic which doesn't tend to get spoken about too often (but I have heard a brand new Sisqó track called "Champagine & Hennessey" along similar lines as this).

        14. "U-Turn"

        **Five Stars**

        This is probably my favourite Usher song ever. It a great dance track produced by JD (Jermaine Dupri). The song had a dance to go along with it, which Usher hoped would be as successful as Michael Jackson's Moonwalk, it failed to do so, however the song was still a hit.

        Usher goes through many stages of his life in this song explaining what the style of dance was at the time and the "U-turn" was meant to continue this. This fad of creating dance moves for songs didn't really work at this time, it wasn't until Jamaican artists such as Elephant Man and Sean Paul started doing this before it translated onto US soil especially Usher's hometown of Atlanta with people like Lil' Jon and the Ying Yang Twins started doing this well, making it all come out into the clubs around the world.

        15. "T.T.P."

        **Five Stars**

        If the artist was looking for another single to get out of this LP, I'm sure that he would have chosen this one, because it is brilliant. The song is of the time and I really liked the composition which added more to what we here from JD's production as he chose to do a little beatbox along with the dance-inducing beat.

        As I know you were wondering I will tell you that the 'T.T.P.' in the title referes to "The Total Package", which he believes that he deserves in the next girl that he gets with. This song is very exiciting and it gave me a similar feeling which I felt when I heard "U Remind Me" for the first time.

        16. "Separated"

        **Two Stars**

        The album rose all the way up to a massive anticlimax as we end on a very boring track as he explain why he has to end the relationship with his girlfriend, because it's just not working out.

        I absolutely hate songs like this as I have no reason to listen to them and I can't see a reason why I would in the future. I do admire his great vocal talent, but this one just wasn't for me.

        In conclusion, this is one of the best ever R&B album which I have ever listened to, the LP includes all of my favourite songs by this artist so there's no way that I can complain, apart from this, there are also a few more big songs which bring out your emotions in a big way.

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          Great great and great

          Back in 2001 this was the album that caused Usher to storm the music charts and become a huge star. He had released some well received singles before but nothing to hint at the massive success of 8701. You may be wondering about the title of the album and what those numbers mean. Well it's the release date of the album. August 7th 2001. It's August as it is the American way.

          Anway now on to the album in question 8701 and Usher tried to convey a more personal style to his songs as his songwriting improved, and he did that with superb ballads like U Got It bad which was a huge single, Can U Help Me and the achingly beautiful Seperated to finish off the album.

          Aswell as the ballads you have also got the uptempo moments with the likes of U remind me, Pop Ya Collar becoming huge singles in 2001. Hottest thing, If I want to and U Don't have to call. These tracks show he has another side to him other than the great ballads. He has a great rythmic voice which is as adept with the heavier stuff as he is with the ballads.

          You may remember back in 2001 before the album was released that there was some controversy involving Napster when an early demo of the album found it's way on to Napster so the record company decided to hurry the release to stop people copying it for free on Napster.

          1.) Intro - This is a dedication to his fans in which he thanks them for the last album My Way and looks forward to the future with 8701.

          2.) U Remind Me - This is one of the best singles he has released and is great for getting people on the dancefloor in clubs. It is something that most people can relate to when they meet someone new after a bad breakup and everything reminds them of their ex.

          3.) I Don't Know - This features P Diddy and is a much better track than their collaboration on I need a girl. This is another great one to dance to with a firm bassline and some great melodies.

          4.) Twork It Out - This is a mid tempo ballad which is great for couples to slow dance to. It just has a great sexuality quality to it and the melody is catchy and the beat is firm and sounds great.

          5.) U Got It Bad - This is one of the best singles of 2001 and is one of my favourite ever songs from Usher. A tale of falling for someone and spending all the time in the day with them on your mind, there's also a great guitar solo in this song that is a great live show moment.

          6.) Pop your collar - This is a great track about having confidence in yourself and not apoligising for success when people are jealous. I'm sure this was played in changing rooms before big sports games back in 2001. A great motivating track with a great beat.

          7.) If I want to - This is another fine track but this time is a quicker track with drums kicking in all around which gives your speakers a great test. Not as good as the best on here but still good.

          8.) I Can't Let you go - I love the melody of this track. There are some great keyboard sequences in the background with a crashing drum beat and crunching guitars. all these add to a great track with a great confidence.

          9.) U Don't have to call - This track has a flicking bass beat with some great guitar licks and keyboard noises. Pharell Williams is the genius behind the music which gives the track a different perspective.

          10.) Without U - This is an interlude to can u help me and shows Usher's progression vocally from his previous album My Way. He has moved on even more from 8701 to Confessions.

          11.) Can U Help Me - This is a wonderful track with some superbly emotive vocals and gentle piano. There's a soft drum beat and sweet backing vocals. all these things bring a great quality to the song. It is one of his best ballads.

          12.) How Do I Say - This is another mid tempo track which is about the universal language of love when you meet someone foreign who doesnt speak your language very well but you are both instantly attracted to each other. A very nice track indeed.

          13.) Hottest Thing - This track is a fantastic uptempo track that will get everyone up and dancing at a party. A great beat allied with Some nice keyboard loops and vocals from Usher and the backing singers.

          14.) Good Ol Ghetto - This has a wonderful feel and some of the music is the best I have heard on any Usher track. This track has bass Hooks that stay in your head for the rest of the week. Great

          15.) U Turn - No it's not anything to do with Brian McKnight's album of the same name but a track about one of Usher's favourite dance moves from when he was young. This has a great dance feel which will get you all up and doing the U-Turn.

          16.) TTP - This stands for the total package which is basically about when you find your ideal partner, someone who has everything you are looking for in a partner. A great uptempo track.

          17.) Seperated - This is the final track on 8701 and what a track to end such a great album. This is without doubt one of the most beautiful songs of the new millenium and is a stripped down track with strings, piano, drums and Usher's vocals.

          A track about a hard decision to end a relationship when you have tried everything and how ever much you care about the other person you know it won't work. Now that's a tough emotive subject.

          ......Overall.......

          There we are, Seventeen songs on this album and not a dud in sight. This album is what made Usher into the superstar he is now and hopefully his new album which is out in a couple of months is as good as 8701 and Confessions. This ranks as one of the greatest R&B albums of all time and is rightfully regarded as a great album.

          He shows growth in every department especially vocally from his previous album My Way and he is even better vocally on Confessions. I am anticipating he will have improved yet further with his new album which is due out soon. This is one of my favourite albums because it has so much variety and is great to dance to and listen to with the lights off too.

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            The third album release from Usher back in 2001.

            8701 was released back in July 2001 by a 22 year old Usher as his follow up from his previous two albums. He was only 15 when he released his first album back in 1994 and since then has gone right up in the chart ratings. He typically sang songs which was firmly within the r n b genre that would be sported by singers such as P Diddy and Ja Rule today yet he also shows hints of a more laidback pop genre as well in this album.

            “Intro Lude” is the first track up on the album and only 44 seconds long, it seems to be a regular occurrence of the majority of American artists to open their albums with an interlude or introduction. It’s simply a message from Usher to his fans, assuring them he hasn’t forgotten about them and now he’s back with this offering of an album. This follows smoothly into the second track on the album “U Remind Me” which is a brilliant song in my opinion. It’s got a cool beat running underneath it throughout with slightly soulful sounding hip lyrics. The message within it is typically how you often choose your partner based on the fact they remind you of an ex, and in this instance as in most, it’s not an ideal situation really. “You remind me of a girl, that I, once knew, see her face whenever I, I look at you, won’t believe all the things she put me through, this is why I just can’t get with you.”

            “I Don’t Know” features P Diddy and as such that reflects the general mood of the track, it’s much more gritty sounding and core hip hop than the previous track. It’s very catchy and ideal for any r n b club as it would be a great one to dance to. “I don’t know what you came to do girl, what you came to do tonight, but I came to party.” The fourth track on the album is “Twork It Out” and has a much more relaxed feel to it than “I Don’t Know.” It’s something that would be classic Craig David in his current era, it’s very smooth and with a certain hint of sultry-ness also. It reminds me slightly of Craig David’s “7 days” but is much softer and melodic in a sense. A classic love song without the soppy sentiments to it, in fact it’s much more raunchy than that “Now that I got you all soaking wet, I bet you know what’s coming next, gonna twork it out.”

            “U Got It Bad” is next up and possibly my favourite track on the album, for anyone that’s ever suffered a bit of heartbreak in the time you’ll certainly recognise the feelings expressed in this track. The vocals in this track are brilliant, there’s times when they are purely acoustic with the minimum amount of backing music showing how effortless singing is to him. “When you say that you love em, and you really know, that everything that used to matter, it don’t matter no more.” Next up is “Pop Ya Collar” which is a more upbeat track ideal for cool club music, it’s got a great beat that’s fairly quick throughout it and even hints of jazz music in the background as well. The lyrics are quick and jumpy which create an impatient and energised feel, “Hey ladies, hey fellas, you know you’re doing good cos they’re jealous, only hate you cos you’re a go-getta.”

            “If I Want To” follows on from the previous track with a classic Ashanti / Ja Rule type feel to the track. The music is fairly upbeat in the opening yet fades out to allow the rather slowed down lyrics to come in. The chorus is brilliant in this, “If I wanted I could take ya from your man, please believe it with my eyes closed, I could have you eating out the palm of my hand.” There’s quite a quirky feel to this track which also shows an element of sophistication that hasn’t really been evident on the previous tracks. “I Can’t Let You Go” summons up imagines of a mellow and relaxed track, well I was wrong! It’s very emotive and is surely expressing feelings that the majority of people will have felt in the past yet it expresses them in an upbeat way so that you don’t feel sorry for yourself! “So much love and hurt and hate, and people screaming it won’t work, time and time I say I’m gonna leave, but I can’t let you go.”

            “U Don’t Have To” is another fairly upbeat, hip hop sounding track. It’s almost a sharp contrast to the mood of the previous song, it’s more concerned with the fact that when you’re in a relationship you need some trust for it to work and therefore, “You don’t have to call, it’s okay girl, cos I’m gonna be alright tonight.” It’s got quite a pop feel to it and may not have been out of place on one of Blue’s former releases. “Without You” is basically the interlude for the following song, the music is very soft and smooth throughout. It lasts under a minute before following on into the actual track called “Can You Help Me” which is also fighting its place for my favourite track on the album. His voice flows effortlessly over the music, changing in both speed and tempo yet remaining even throughout. “Can you help me, tell me why you wanna leave, baby help me, without you my whole world is falling apart and I’m going crazy, life’s a prison when you’re in love alone.” Brilliant track!

            Next up is “How Do I Say” which has a strong Latino/Spanish feel to it, Jennifer Lopez would maybe have been more at home singing this. However it’s not he case, Usher does a brilliant job of toning down his voice and giving it a more wholesome melodic feel to it. “How do I say hello, when I just wanna talk to you, how do I say you’re beautiful, when I can’t take my eyes off you.” “Hottest Thing” is up next and upon the opening I was worried it was going to be some hard core ghetto track but I was pleasantly surprised. It echoes all his tracks on the album, it’s smooth and sophisticated and also shows that his voice does have range to it – he can go very low! “Oh you’re the hottest thing, in the club tonight, having visions of making love tonight with you.”

            “Good Ol’ Ghetto” is the penultimate track on the album and if I’m honest it’s my least favourite track on the album. It takes rather a while to get going and once it does I can’t help feel that the beat is rather monotone throughout and as such there doesn’t really seem to be any progression with the track. “Hey Yo Hey Yo ain't nothing like some good ol' ghetto, Hey Yo Hey Yo Hey Yo Hey Yo ain't nothing like some good ol' ghetto ask somebody.” The last track on the album is “U-Turn” which is quite a good one to finish with, it’s fairly upbeat so gives a great ending to the album. “Put your hands up, bend your knees, bounce around in a circle, get down wit me.”

            I personally really like this album and think that it is his best one to date. Every track has got an element of life to it and there’s no track that merely echoes a previous one or a track that is rather energy lacking. It’s a really energising album in my opinion with something for every mood, although the overall feel to the album is fairly upbeat. There’s a great mixture of producers also on this album including input from The Neptunes, Baby Face and P Diddy. And although this was produced over 4 years ago now it still stands the test of time in my opinion. If you like any of Usher’s other work then you’ll certainly find something to satisfy you on this album.

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              right so justin timberlake comes along and pretty much takes the Rnb and Pop genre by storm, knocking everyone in the way too the ground....so you new if anyone was going to come out with a new album, that they had to produce something very special. so a year later (I think) BOOM, out pops ushers from this ground breaking album, ive personally always like usher's music his last album had something like 7 or 8 potential singles!, now he had to contend with Justin...too me there isnt any comparison usher wipes the floor clean. This album is great. It fully shows off his vocal ability which has so much improved since his previous album. The thing with usher is that it seems as if he just breaths thru a song and he doesnt have to try very hard to sing, almost natural as the sound of the wind. The album is very deep, there are 2/3 dancing tunes, with strong beats and no doubt made for usher to do his superb moves on the floor. But overall a serious album (confessions is what the album does) he confesses about things he might have experienced (might not be all his own). right so YEAH, YEAH YEAH.........YEAH!( SORRY COULDNT HELP MYSELF!) is a great club banger, produced my Lll'jon, i really didnt like him to start with all he did was shout, but in this track i couldnt help but sing (shout) with him..and of course havin Ludacris spit some venom didnt hurt at all! throwback is hot, great track that seems to fix the jigsaw with the pieces of ushers vocals perfectly. great up tempo track...the album starts out as a club banger. Then superstar prob strongest song on album, due to vocals, its a slow tune...with usher playing a role as fan, to his girls. durring the whole album i really couldnt find a bad one, can i handle it a track wrtten by robin, is great chill out track. do it to me...is a great track showing off his prince style soul. The whole album is kinda usher sayin sorry for hur
              ting his girlfriend and the story is basically illustrated in confessions part 1 and 2. THIS is a top album showing usher can come with the goods, twice in a row, so has he beaten usher to the thrown....sorry but YEAH YEAH YEAH..............YEAH! 1. Intro 2. Yeah! 3. Throwback 4. Confessions 5. Confessions, Pt. 2 6. Burn 7. Caught Up 8. Superstar 9. Superstar 10. Truth Hurts 11. Simple Things 12. Bad Girl 13. That's What It's Made For 14. Can U Handle It? 15. Do It to Me 16. Take Your Hand 17. Follow Me

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                usher knows how to do it!! - Advantages: soulful, brilliant lyrical content, voice=BRILLIANT - Disadvantages: none

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                After hearing certain Usher singles (U Remind Me, U Got It Bad, Pop Ya Collar and U-Turn), which were released and did quite well, I thought I would buy the album. Now, don’t get me wrong, the album is good, but it wasn’t what I thought it would be and isn’t top of my favourite pile. I find Usher very good looking and still think he is a very good singer. Unlike some male acts, Usher can sing as well as Rap, which is very good. Following are information on the tracks on this album; 8701: Track 1: Intro-lude8701: This is a slow start to the album but introduces the album nicely and flows into the next track very well. This track lasts for only 45 seconds and is on the whole a good introductory. Track 2: U Remind Me: I like this song a lot and you have probably heard it as it was released a while back. It is basically about how a girl he used to go out with “was sexin’ everyone but me” and the girl he is with now reminds him of that girl. Therefore he doesn’t trust the girl he is with now. This song lasts for 4 minutes and 27 seconds. Track 3: I Don’t Know: This song features P.Diddy and I like it a lot. It is quite catchy and has a good beat to it. The main part is that “I don’t know what you came to do girl, What you came to do tonight, But I came to party” This song lasts for 4 minutes and 27 seconds. Track 4: Twork It Out: This is quite a slow peaceful song and is okay. His voice kind of makes you feel special. It has beat to it but not too much and is slow at the same time I think. It is about “twork it out” About half way through there is a bridge and then the beat starts up again to before. This song lasts for 4 minutes and 58 seconds. Track 5: U Got It Bad: You have probably heard this song as it was released. I think this is one of the best on the album although I normally prefer faster songs. This song
                is about how “You got it bad” and sings how when you’re on the phone, hang up and you call right back and if you miss a day without your friend your whole life’s off track. This track lasts for 4 minutes and 13 seconds. Track 6: Pop Ya Collar: This was also released and has much more of a faster beat then the last track “You got it bad”. This song is basically about how you know your doing well because they are jealous and you should “Pop your collar and don’t let them sweat ya” This track is good and lasts for 3 minutes and 39 seconds. Track 7: If I Want To: This is an okay song and lasts for 3 minutes and 53 seconds. It is about how usher can have her “And all your little girlfriends too” if he wants to. He can have her eating out his hand with his eyes closed and can get her off her man. Track 8: I Cant Let You Go: This song starts of a bit weird with JD speaking into something which makes his voice sound funny. Then Usher starts singing and JD does a few more speaking bits over the top. This song goes together well together with the different parts and different styles of music in it. I like the part, which JD raps and think it makes the song stand out as a song with different styles of getting the same pint across “I can’t let you go”. This song lasts for 3 minutes and 53 seconds and I think it is quite cleverly made and good. Track 9: U Don’t Have To Call: This song isn’t one of my favourite songs on the album as it goes on a bit and almost whines the same thing over and over again (“You don’t have to call”). I don’t mind hearing it but it isn’t as good as some other songs he has released. This song lasts for 4 minutes and 42 seconds. Track 10: Without You (Interlude): I think this is quite a soft and sweet song but it is only an interlude and lasts for 56 seconds. It gives o
                ff a feeling of being special and flows into the next track very well. Track 11: Can U Help Me: This is quite a kind of soppy song I would say shows his great talents of singing. I wouldn’t say it was my favourite track but it depends what mood I’m in. If I’m in the right mood it makes me feel special and is Usher saying “Can you help me”. Some people could say it goes on a bit though. It lasts for 5 minutes and 51 seconds. Track 12: How Do I Say: This song takes a while to start and I would say it sounded a bit like a Spanish kind of song. It has that kind of vibe about it. It is fast but slow at the same time. It is about him wanting to know “How do I say”? This song lasts for 6 minutes and 23 seconds. Track 13: Hottest thing: I think this song is a bit weird in the way its beats are put with the words to it. It is as you might have guessed about he “Hottest thing”. I wouldn’t say I liked this song a lot as it bores me a bit for some reason. This song lasts for 3 minutes and 50 seconds. Track 14: Good Ol’ Ghetto: I like this song and think its quite catchy. It certainly gets me walking about “Ain’t nothin’ like some good old ghetto, ghetto” when I listen to it. This song lasts for 4 minutes and 1 second. Track 15: U-Turn: This song was released and is good to get ready to. Just so long as you don’t start putting your hands up, bending your knees, and get down with him, you might muck up your make up or whatever your doing. I quite like this song and the chorus is very catchy. This song lasts for 3 minutes and 12 seconds. Track 16: T.T.P.: This is another of my favourites as it has a good beat to it and is good to sing along to the chorus. This song is all about how you should be looking for a T.T.P. and how now he knows the difference that’s all he’s trying to be wit. This song is
                3 minutes and 38 seconds long. Track 17: Separated: This is a slow song that ends the album nicely. It is a bit too slow for me but again makes you feel special. It is about how he you should go your way and he’ll go his, live your life and he’ll live his. This song lasts for 4 minutes and 24 seconds. I would say that this is a good album but wasn’t what I was expecting. I would sya the music is a lot slower then some songs Usher has released such as “Pop Ya Collar”, “U Remind Me” and “U-Turn. This album though shows Ushers great voice and is worth at least worth listening to.

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                  The album has got its name "8701" based on the time usher has had a pure love of music to where he is now 87-01. This album is boomin!! I have to admit that I never liked Usher's early stuff but this stuff is unbelievable. The tunes are catchy and theres a nice contrast between ballads and boomin, upbeat tunes. The album includes the smash hits "pop ya collar", "U Remind Me","U Got It Bad", "U-turn" and "I dont know" featuring P Diddy. This album is great value for money and I feel that this is a mustbuy for any R&B fan! A guide to the album... 1) INTRO-LUDE - This is a short introduction to the album. Its quite slow and I think this is a really nice introduction. 2) U REMIND ME - This song was released by Usher and is the song that made me buy this album. It has a very catchy tune and like most songs these days is a song based on love. 3) I DONT KNOW featuring P Diddy - This is more of a rap style song with Usher singing a very catchy verse. Another masterpiece i really like this song! Again I find it very catchy. The album really has something for everyone! :p 4) TWORK IT OUT - This is quite a slow song and again is based on love. It has a very nice beat and again I find it catchy. 5) U GOT IT BAD - This song was also released by Usher and the video has a guest appearence from that same very famous TLC girl that appeared in U Remind Me. This song is a slow sweet love song and is one of my favourites on the album. 6) POP YA COLLAR - This song was the first song released from the 8701 album. This song is all about doing what you want to do no matter what others think of you. This song is very upbeat and contains reall really fast lyrics! I dont know how but ive managed to learn them! 7) IF I WANT TO - This song is very very catchy and is a twist between love and a huge boost of self confidence for Usher. Its yet another great song
                  on the album. The beat is quite upbeat. 8)I CANT LET U GO - This song opens with a small bit of dialogue which carries on in the background. This song is about being obseesive over someone and is another of my faves. Its very upbeat and i luv it! 9) U DONT HAVE TO CALL - This is anothr upbeat song and i really like it. 10) WITHOUT U (INTERLUDE) - this song as you have proberbly gathered is used as an interlude. I find it very moving. 11) CAN U HELP ME - Quite a slow song but I find it very moving and powerful. This is also another of my favourites. What can I say I love this album!! 12)HOW DO I SAY - This song is about how to say things to a girl. Again its quite slow. 13)HOTTEST THING - Back to upbeat songs but this isn't one of the albums bests. But still a good song. 14) GOOD OL' GHETTO - This song opens with some dialogue again. I find this song quite catchy and again its quite upbeat. 15)U-TURN - Usher's latest from the album and its totally addictive. I could listen to this song all day I love it so much. Its very upbeat and the vid has some very cool dance moves! 16) T.T.P - This song is quite nice and its very catchy as are most tracks on the album. The song is quite upbeat. 17) SEPARATED - I love this song!! It has very powerful lyrics and I love it. Its a great end to a superb album. Its catchy, memorable and very very powerful. Overall this has to be the best alcum of all time!!. Go buy it!!! :p

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                    this is Usher Raymond's second album and is a welcome follow up from his first album. Granted his popularity is mainly due to his looks (not that I've noticed) but this album unfortunately does not come with a built in tv to watch Usher while you listen to him, you have to be a true fan of Usher to sit down and listen to his music. But the album is good even when you can't see him. The slickness of this album is mainly due to the producers of the album, who include Jermaine Dupri and The Neptunes. The tracks that really stand out are due to the genius touch of the Neptunes, who are currently the hottest property in the music world at the moment. Their sound is similar to what aliens would probably produce, with an unusual ambience and beats. My personal favourite tracks are U Remind Me and Seperated. U Remind Me is at first a usual pop/r&b song about a girl, but the subject is more unusual and the melody is interesting and he shows off his voice. Separated is pure slush, but quality slush. typical boy band ballad lyrics "If Love was a bird then we could never fly" but again Usher is not singing about typical love, this song is about never quite being in love and how if it doesn't work then you should move on. U Got It Bad is also a good song that stands out, it has good beats and Usher's voice is velvety smooth. The album has got a good structure and has a range of tracks, so there is something for most moods (clever people) I Don't Know, U-Turn and Pop Ya Collar are good for getting ready to go out, U Remind Me, Twork It Out and Separated are good for blissing out to. It is a good album for those who like Donell Jones, Lucy Pearl, and if you like Craig David but would like something funkier to add to your collection then try Usher. Most people I know who like R&B think it's a good album, so it is most suited to those who think they might like Usher but aren't totally sure. I definelty wouldn
                    9;t recommend it to punk rockers or those who don't like Pop Ya Collar. This album offers good melodies and funky rhythms. It is not breaking new ground in the world of R&B and it's definetely not the album of the year. And if Usher wasn't as fine as he is, he would definelty not sell half as many copies as he does. It's not the best album I've ever heard, and occasionally you do skip tracks cos they get boring. He's just sticking to a winning formula and being successful. My final point: If he loses his fame he's always welcome to marry me.

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                      Usher has undeniably broke thoroughly into the mainstream with the release of his latest album 8701 in 2001. In received rave reviews from R 'n' B critics while walking away with the Best Album award in the MOBO awards. Yes 2001 was a great year for Usher. He established himself as a serious professional R 'n' B artist, while still maintaining his ability to switch between genres. Originally scheduled to be labelled All about, 8701 was delayed and renamed 8701 because of the high level of bootlegs circulating; it was greatly feared Usher would not receive full benefits from his album if released under the same name. I'm sure you have read some of the tradition album reviews at Dooyoo so I don't want to bore you by reviewing the different songs; instead I want to try a unique approach and look at 8701 as a whole. "To get money you've got to make money for the b*tches/ the b*tches is where the money is at" These are the words of a one Tupac Shakur. For anyone who watches the Late Lick now exclusive to MTV Base will be aware that Usher claimed to take heed from the teachings of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. I wouldn't say that usher has gone commercial with 8701; I would just say that he has seen an opening in the industry and has seized it. It sings and performs for the ladies while still managing to keep the male target audience eager. How does he do this? Usher is someone that has incorporated different personas to create the Usher that you see on television today. Usher seems to be part Romeo, part hustler and player. Usher pulls this off by mixing beats and lyrics to create a unique style that echoes he is a hardcore player whereas still keeping his appeal to the ladies. This cannot just be contributed to his looks; if you were to study the tracks on 8701 one would be able to conclude that Usher has split the album into two. The slow jams, aimed at the ladies; the
                      se include tracks such as U Got It Bad and the brilliant Twork It Out, whereas the other half sees Usher collaborating with hardcore gangster rappers IMX and Kurupt from the Notorious Dogg Pound. Watching Usher perform 8701 live, it is clear where his musical influences come from. The physical, up-tempo dance strokes of Michael Jackson tightly incorporated with Bobby Brown grooves. The collaborations on the album are essential and critical to proving that Usher is more that an R 'n' B artist and when listening to 8701, you get the distinct feeling that Usher in 8701 is trying to prove that he is more than simply and R 'n' B heart throb artist which was the case through much of his early years. (A fact that caused him not to be taken seriously) U Turn is the track containing Usher, Kurupt and IMX lyrics aloft female backing vocals. The rap is great and although Usher doesn't play a large role because the rappers ultimately dominate, for what he sings is soulful and works really well. The collaboration with the Neptunes in a track entitled I Don't Know saw the producers bringing their signature beats and rhythms to the table. This is good, although I don't agree with their Timberland styled recycling of beats the track is definitely unique and you can't help but bop your head to the mellow tunes. Since the Neptunes have been working on Paddy's album The Saga Continues, I guess they felt is was only just they brought him to Usher and asked if he could do a piece. This is poor, and although I love the album, P.Diddy's rapping pattern's are weak and not appreciated on an otherwise banging track. What's going on between TLC lead singer and Usher? That?s a question that was inevitably posed after Usher decided to feature her not once but twice in his videos U Got It Bad and U Remind Me. Although she does not sing in either tunes she always plays a girl t
                      hat Usher is after. It was recently documented that Usher and her husband entered a fight over the TLC superstar. But don't let this sidetrack you from the otherwise essential releases from the album. 8701 will have you constantly asking, "Why didn't he release this track instead". The answer is simple, because he didn't want to exploit his album too much. He wanted the consumer to buy his album in the security knowing that there is nowhere else they could purchase the album from. The subject matter on 8701 is yes you've guessed it, Romeo orientated. Especially with songs such as If I Want To, although an amazing track with futuristic beats, you soon come to the sad realisation that by no means is Usher a humble man. This is disappointing for an artist of his stature to have to incorporate "bling, bling ? I'm a playa" into such a great album. However you can't get over the supreme beats and groovy melodies that come out of this man. If I Want To sees the introduction of So So Def CEO Jermaine Dupri. As usually, JD sits in the background occasionally shouting out strange phrases such as "Oh, So So Def" in that Deep South gritty tone of voice. In saying this; I can't fade the fact that JD has done Usher proud especially concerning the rhythmic soothing beats. 8701 sees the development of Usher as a mature and talented artist. Back in his years as a sophomore singing U Make Me Wanna, taken lightly because of his boy band ego; Usher was silent. His musical talents were not explored until Jermaine Dupri intervened and took Usher under his wing to carve him into what he is today. R 'n' B music is something that hasn't been thriving for a long time. Rap has dominated the clack music mainstream but with inspiring albums such as 8701, R 'n' B seems to inject life back into the industry just at the right times.

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                        Ok, Ok... I admit I have a 'little' thing for Usher! Well actually a rather 'HUGE' crush on him! He is so incredibly lovely and he now has a matching album to go with his charming looks, a charming album named '8701'!!! This album is Ushers second now, it has been out for quite a while now and I know many, many people who have this album, mates from both sexes find this as a 'have to have' CD in your collection! I have owned this CD for a while now and listen to it 24/7 (you may think I'm sad but it is basically that good!) Whats so 'UsHeRLiCiOuS' about this '8701' then hey!? usher 8701 1. The album is introduced with an 'Interlude' The Interlude to '8701' It's short and snappy but tuneful and a great introduction to the album. 2. U Remind Me - Usher released this song so is most probably well known to most. Its a great track and you can see why it has been released. It is interesting, catchy and pure RnB at it's best. 3. I Don't Know (featuring P. Diddy) - This is more 'RAP' style, a slight twist to the album, a fab duet with the one and only P.diddy really adds even more class to the '8701' album. 4. Twork It Out - The first real slow song to the album, a great one at that. Very moving, loving but also catchy and keeps with a beat, great to listen to, a great dancy party song too although you may not imagine it! 5. U Got It Bad - Ushers latest single off the album and probably his last, a v.slow song which is so lovely. This is one of my faves off the CD overall, the video is superb as well. The song is about how 'U Get It Bad' when your in love. ~ A v.beautiful love song which I cherish. Also a good party track! 6. If I Want To - Back to the more upbeat hard stuff on the album, a pretty damn good track too! ~ As of most on the album though! 7. I Can'
                        ;t Let U Go U - A fab song, 1 of the best upbeat tracks on the album! A fave of mine too! all about being obsessed and not being able to let go! 8. Don't Have To Call - This is another pretty good track but not 1 of Ushers spectaculars! 9. Without U (Interlude) - Used as the interlude, this track is superb, this will be stuck in your mind for a long time. 10. Can U Help Me - This always stays in my head, a real good track with real thought provoking lyrics. A song you will enjoy listening to as you relax. 11. How Do I Say - A slower song again, another good one too! all about how to say certain things to a girl. Here you see the much caring side and softer side of Usher! 12. Hottest Thing - I like this track very much, this song is all about being in a club, really gets you in the mood for going out! 13. Good Ol' Ghetto - Another good old party track, very catchy and rythemic (If thats such a word!!?) A good song you will enjoy listening to! 14. U-Turn - This is pure Usher at his best, another personal favourite, this track blatantly ROCKS! V.catchy and stylish and easy to sing along to. 15. U R The One - A great ending to the superb album, a memorable track but I do find it quite sad to listen to, it is slow and very moving. As I said before, a great ending to a superbly put together and performed album. Overall this is one of my favourite albums, probably my most listened to and my most cherished for I love Usher soooo incredibly much and this album is just all I could of ever asked for! Many people I know love and cherish this album just like me, its great to listen to, it can be calming and relaxing as well as great for partying and all that! This is also a great CD to listen to just for when you are getting ready to go outfor the night! Overall this album has to have a TOP 10/10, I love it!!! Hope I've helped everyone out there, any questions please email me on
                        kissylips6@hotmail.com, I'll answer anything to do with Usher! thanks for reading, v.grateful, Best wishes emmaxXx :0)

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                          This is Usher Raymond?s second attempt at a mainstream introspective beats orientated r ?n? b album despite 2 other low profile albums. Usher over the years has undergone a great transformation not just the way that he has matured but also the fashion that he has evolved as an artist. When he first released My Way, his debut album into the mainstream and an album that he is well acknowledged for, Usher was known as a teenage heartthrob and that was his target audience. Although the album contained top hits like U Make Me Wanna, Usher as an r ?n? b artist was not well respected for it because of his immature approach to his music. This has all changed in 8701 and it is clear that Usher has become a well-rounded musician. The album has a range of beats mostly fuelled by his famous guitar interludes and charismatic vocals that motor the albums instrumentals. The guitar introductions are a nice touch to the album and often finish songs to a high quality. 8701 has a wide range of musical vibes for a range of tastes and peoples. For instance tunes such as Hottest thin? brings a Latin party feel to the album where as Can U Help Me ballad brings a slow and soothing essence to 8701. This is all respective of the fact that Usher has developed from a teenage target audience to a more adult and intelligent audience. The subject matter that is based around the foundation of 8701 also implies this fact. The tracks are more concentrated on life as a hole and love whereas My Way was more about teenage girls and immature relationships. Usher?s emotive vocals and introspective soulful tones are an essential to the quality of this album. Although there is a range of tracks, Usher?s voice remains a factor that is welcome and always soothing. Ballads such as Can U Help Me best brings out this point. The production on the album is second to none and it is clear that a great deal of care has gone into the fine toning and perfecti
                          on of several tunes on the album. The Neptunes, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and other hit makers such as Edmund Clement who was responsible for the first track released for airplay off the album, U Remind Me. Jermaine Dupri has also nurtured the talents of the young R ?n? B singer. In a track called If I Want, J.D?s stylish and careful manipulation of samples and computerized instrumentals really shine and bring out the various vocal ranges in the album. It is disappointing to see though that like he did with Nate Dogg?s single Your Woman Has Been Sighted, JD has implemented various annoying sound bites within the track that after a few listens become very frustrating. This almost ruins an otherwise very nice track. Twork It Out surely is a classic for any r ?n? b artist. Jazzy beats and low tone vocals create the single where as high level production finishes the track to near perfection. This is one of Usher?s greatest peaces of work, and it is a mystery why it was never released. There are various features within the album. Artists such as P.Diddy and Daz Dillinger accompany Usher in 8701. P.Diddy in a track called I Don?t Know is very disappointing and although the song itself is not brilliant and is probably one of the worst on the album P.Diddy does nothing to rectify the situation and his jittery style of rap further deteriorates the song. The song is based around the saying, ?I don?t know, what you came to do girl, what you came to do tonight? and consequently fails to raise any eyebrows as Usher sticks to a very mainstream uncreative style of r ?n? b. U Turn is the opposite to this and the various background beats and near silent backing vocals simply finish an amazing song. The song starts with jazzy instrumentals and moves on to a more rap centred around single. Although the track is on 8701, the approach that Usher has decided to adopt of trying to implement a range of musical tastes into one album, sees the song becoming less an
                          d less r ?n? b and more rap. In fact Usher himself is a rare occurrence and although his soothing voice and mellow charismatic vocals form a well structured hook, it is the stylish and new skool rap of Daz Dillinger and his accomplice Immature that really make the song a hit. I would really recommend this song to any hip-hop fan. But it is well known that this trend is not unusually amongst mainstream hip hop artists as we can see in Fat Joe?s and R.Kelly?s collaboration ? We Thuggin?. It appears that unlike Ja Rule?s approach of using light female vocals against deep scratchy voices, the ideal now is to use soothing r ?n? b artists to finish the hook on a single. This is a great approach and it really works as a harmony between Daz Dillinger and Usher is clearly formed. Despite its relatively young age, 8701 has already won great approvals amongst hip-hop fanatics. The Late Lick labelled it one of the greatest albums of 2001 whereas, it won best album in the MOBO awards under stiff rivalry from albums such as R.Kelly?s TP-2.com. 8701 is a blend of well-finished beats and the emotive vocals of Usher Raymond. There is a wide variety of musical tastes, spanning from fast Latino hits like Hottest thin? to slow and soothing songs like Can U Help Me. Surely Usher has broken through with this fantastic album. Here are the tracks available on the album: 1. Intro-lude 8701 (n/a) 2. U Remind Me (8/10 ? Good melody and introduction into 8701) 3. I Don't Know featuring P. Diddy (6/10 ? P.Diddy is very disappointing and his rap patterns don?t interlink smoothly with Usher?s r ?n? b styles) 4. 4. Twork It Out (10/10 ? The best song on the album ? light beats complemented by soulful vocals) 5. U Got It Bad (9/10- Nice up-tempo track) 6. 6. If I Want To (10/10 ? Great, despite JD?s sound bites, Usher?s brilliance shines through to create an up-beat track that can be listened to over
                          and over again) 7. I Can't Let U Go (8/10 ? Decent beats, with nice vocals and good lyrics) 8. 8. U Don't Have To Call (8/10 ? Average beats but not creative enough of the artist) 9. Without U (interlude) (n/a) 10. 10. Can U Help Me (10/10 ? A great ballad to complement the album with) 11. How Do I Say (10/10 ? Lyrically great) 12. 12. Hottest Thin (10/10 ? An up-tempo r ?n? b track that captivates ones ears) 13. Good Ol' Ghetto (9/10 ? Good production on this track) 14. 14. U-Turn (10/10 ? A song that is more rap/ hip hop centralized) 15. 15. U R The One (9/10 ? Nice outro to a great album)

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                          Disc #1 Tracklisting
                          1 Intro-lude 8701
                          2 U Remind Me
                          3 I Don't Know (feat. P.Diddy)
                          4 Twork It Out
                          5 U Got It Bad
                          6 Pop Ya Collar
                          7 If I Want To
                          8 I Can't Let U Go
                          9 U Don't Have To Call
                          10 Without U
                          11 Can U Help Me
                          12 How Do I Say
                          13 Hottest Thing
                          14 Good Ol' Ghetto
                          15 U-Turn
                          16 T.T.P.
                          17 Separated