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Usher Is Back With A Bang
Looking for Myself - Usher
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Looking for Myself - Usher
Advantages: A lot of different but awesome tracks
Disadvantages: Not enough quality ballads
Usher has been around for nearly 20 years now and as a male artist has to be considered one of the greats now. In age where artists come and go he has been a constant having sold over 70 mil albums to date. Looking For Myself was released back in June this year(2012) and was the follow up to his last album Raymond vs Raymond and for me I think it was a return to fine form and also his fourth straight no1 album.
What I liked about this album was that Usher was wary of his music becoming too stale and the best musicians know exactly when to change it up and this was the time. Usher described the album as one that is experimental before the release and that's definitely what it is and in my eyes an experiment that succeeded. I like how many artists these days are experimenting with new sounds and simply not going ahead with what has worked in the industry and another good example is the Diddy Dirty Money album. For all the male R&B artists that are out there when it comes to the voice I really don't think there are any that compete with Usher. Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Justin Timberlake just don't cut it in terms of the pure singing
There is a real mix of tracks here from classic R&B, to electro through to dance and he has left no stone unturned however what I felt was slightly lacking was the ballads. There were a few but I didn't find them to be in the same league as his classics, but this is the only criticism as it is a strong album and I want to give a quick review for my favourite tracks.
Climax is one of Usher's all-time best tracks and the best example of the new sound he was trying to create. He really shows of with his vocals here being able to go over high and the beat is not a heavy beat as it is just lightly complements him. It is not a song about sex, but simply about when a relationship reaches its climax and the couple has to separate. It is a beautiful track.
Lemme see is one of the only tracks on the album featuring another artist and that artist in this case is Rick Ross. This is back to the more sex themed tracks that Usher is used to. Similarly to Climax he really shows off with his high notes. The beat has a techno vibe I the background and in regards to the video I guess it is pretty cool although a little disturbing when Rick Ross raps without his top off as well.
Now the track that the album is named after, this is a much more normal track in the sense that it is a little more pop style and I could imagine other artists sing it, but the lyrics I think are ones that many people can relate to. It is about where you are a better man when you have the right girl and without her you don't know who you are anymore. We have all been there at some stage or another. Plus the hook is very catchy.
On the deluxe edition there is the extra track which is by far my favourite on the album and that is I.F.U. It is a sound I have never heard before and Usher's voice is just supreme here. It has an awesome violin just before the hook and then Usher just does his thing. It is a very sex themed track, but he sings about how sex is just for strangers, and making love is for the ones who plan to stay together. I guess he has enough experience about these things.
Overall this is a very solid album, and not his best album he has released but it was one that was different to his others in a good way. It's not perfect but it fully deserved to get to no1 in US and has a vast array of tracks that he previously wouldn't have released on his other albums as they wouldn't have suited the style of the album, with confessions being a primary example.
Summary: A strong album from one of the legends of the music game