NEW ON YOUR PLAYLIST: USHER - LOOKING 4 MYSELF
USHER - LOOKING 4 MYSELF
After a couple of failed attempts at the dance genre, Usher has produced his beautiful seventh studio album.
Looking 4 Myself would have been a more appropriate title for his previous album, Raymond v. Raymond, which was patchy.
Skip the silly will.i.am-produced opening track, Can't Stop Won't Stop, and prepare for a nearly flawless synth-heavy dance album.
Scream, the second single off the album, after the successful Climax, has been burning up the charts and clubs and is becoming even bigger than its predecessor.
It became Usher's 18th Billboard Top 10 hit, and that is no surprise given that the 33-year-old teamed up with star producers Max Martin (Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Pink, Taio Cruz and Justin Beiber) and Shellback (Pink, Britney Spears and Adam Lambert, Maroon 5 and Avril Lavigne) for it.
Between the incessant bangers, ballads including Dive , I Care for You and Lessons for the Lover show off not only Usher's softer side but his signature vocals, which made him so popular in the era of 8701 and Confessions .
But you can't deny the slick and irresistible thumping tunes including the Pharrell Williams-produced Twisted, Scream and the flirtatious Lemme See, featuring Rick Ross.
Just as the last third of the album feels quieter, it closes with the aptly named David Guetta-esque electro number Euphoria.