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Here I Stand

UsherAudio CD
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"On this album, different things inspired me," says Usher. "Normally, I'm pulling from personal relationships and from older musical styles, but the things that motivated me this time were sounds and music that were very new and indie, like going to the Coachella festival or to Ibiza. I’ve traveled the world, toured nearly every continent—this phase of my life ... Read more in Amazon's Usher Store

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  • Audio CD (May 13, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B0015519VS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Love In This Club featuring Young Jeezy
3. This Ain't Sex
4. Trading Places
5. Moving Mountains
6. What's Your Name featuring will.i.am
7. Prayer For You Interlude
8. Something Special
9. Love You Gently
10. Best Thing featuring Jay Z
11. Before I Met You
12. His Mistakes
13. Appetite
14. What's A Man To Do
15. Lifetime
16. Love In This Club Part II featuring Beyoncé & Lil Wayne
17. Here I Stand

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2008 album from the R&B superstar. Here I Stand is Usher's follow-up to his history-making, nine-times platinum-selling Confessions. The album tells the story of growth: triumphant, reflective, somewhat defiant and it marks a new period in Usher's life and creative expression. Here I Stand finds Usher working with some of the best producers and writers around including Polow Da Don, Jermaine Dupre, Dre & Vidal and Dream & Tricky Stewart. Features the first single 'Love In The Club'. Laface.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All grown up! May 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD
In the 4 years since Usher released his blockbuster "Confessions" album, some major changes have occured in his life; He has gotten married and become a father. The influences of these are heard in his new album, "Here I am", from the album cover art that shows his son's birthdate on the car license plate, to the cries of his son on the interlude "Prayer for you" (on which he promises to be there for his son).

On the beautiful ballad "Before I met you", he confesses that he was a playa before I met you, and on "Appetite", he is painfully honest as he talks about the fight to keep his lust under control whenever he's away from his wife.

The album is ballad heavy, with only 2 uptempo tracks, the really groovy "This aint sex" (which has an 80s vibe), and the will.i.am produced "What's your name" (with techno-sounding strings and Usher saying "Like Donna Summer, girl give me this last dance"). It seems Usher has been listening to Techno quite a bit as techno strings are also used in the smash hit "Love in this club", the awesome ballad "Moving mountains", and the acoustic "What's a man to do"

Other standouts are the retro soul ballad "Something special", "Love you gently", the Stevie Wonder channelling title track "Here I stand", and the hidden track "Will work for love" (which tells the tale of some man down on his luck and begging for anything to do).

Jay Z appears on "Best thing" while his new bride appears on "Love in this club Part 2" (a different song, if you ask me) which is currently climbing the Billboard Hot 100.

My favourite track though is the stunning ballad "His mistakes", a piano ballad with awesome vocals from Usher. In fact, his vocals are so much stronger and soaring on this album.

I usually don't like ballad heavy R&B albums, but a lot of thought obviously went into this album, and in my opinion, this is his best album yet.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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When Usher first released this album back in the summer, I had my money ready to purchase. However, so many people started "doggin" the album out. I was at Walmart in the cd section and overheard two women speaking about the album saying things like "he could of done better," "I don't really like it," and other stuff. Not mention, when I asked a few friends and coworkers what they thought, I got similar replies. Plus, his first few singles were lackluster at best. So I put off getting the album, but then "Trading Places" became a single and it sounded like something from Confessions. So I finally gave the cd a try and WOW!!! I wish I would have bought it sooner.

It is a great album. I do not know why everybody thinks the album is bad or ok. Usher will not be "Forever 21" so fans must expect his music to change as he gets older as with any music artist (think of Souja Boy in 30 years).

My Favs are:

Trading Places
Moving Mountains
What's Your Name
Love You Gently
Before I Met You
Lifetime
Here I Stand

The other tracks are decent, but I have found that I repeat the tracks above the most when listening in the car.

VERDICT: Buy the album, while this is not Confessions, you should not be expecting it to be.
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45 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Married Man Music (MMM) May 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Two stars means "ok," and I want to clarify that beforehand because there's absolutely nothing wrong on this CD. However, I listened to it twice, and there was also no song on here that stood out to me, made me want to replay it, or dance to the beat. I'm used to turning Usher's CDs up full blast and trying to memorize all the words, but I didn't get that on this album. There were a lot of songs about being in love, marriage, and being a father (including doing what all parents seem to think is cute--recording their baby(ies) making baby noises). This album was weird for me. It was like Usher lost all his swagger and the cool feel of his music. If you've listened to "Love in This Club," that's basically the feel of the CD. Who thinks about "making love" in a club, as the magazine "Vibe" says in "20 Questions". Usher has definitely grown up, and I think he will gain an older audience with this album. But if you're looking for the old usher who oozes sexy in his songs, flirts with the ladies through melody, and gives us a little bit of hip hop through a lot of R&B, this isn't that album. (Note: He kept that sex appeal when he was with Chili, so I can't say it's the relationship. Man, I loved those two as a couple!) Listeners will, however, get the Usher who sounds head over heels for his wife and child. Again, nothing wrong with this album, but it was kinda repetitive, a little boring, and out of my element (no kids, no marriage). But I am happy for him being in a stable, happy relationship, and I hope him and Tamika stay together forever.

UPDATE (AFTER FIFTH LISTEN): I followed That Juice's advice and listened to the CD again on my MP3 player. Then I listened again. And again. I sincerely am an Usher fan, and I wanted to like it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD May 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to this CD all day long, me and my co workers are really feeling it. Must have.

Derrick Dunn "DJ Aftermarh" gives a great review of this CD.

"After a four year hiatus, Usher returns with one of the best mainstream R&B CD's of the year. Just as Usher as grown and changed as a man so has his music, which is a great thing in my opinion. Stand out tracks on the CD for me were Love You Gently,Something Special, Prayer For You and the title track. The not so great one for me is Moving Mountians which is one of the worst songs he's ever recorded. My detatiled review can be found below.

1. Intro - This is a basic Usher intro where he sets up the vibe of the album.
2. Love In This Club featuring Young Jeezy - Unless you've been living under a rock you've heard this song.
3. This Ain't Sex - Another one of my personal favorite tracks. Even though it's a throwback to his My Way days, it has a Michael Jackson Rock With You type feel as it's just a feel good track about dancing.
4. Trading Places - (written by The- Dream and produced by Tricky Stewart): A hot slow jam similar to Can You Handle It. This is one of personal favorite tracks as it shows Usher's fully matured tenor.
5. Moving Mountains - The second single still confuses me every time I hear it. The Dream gives me his first disappointment as a writer and Tricky Stewart gives us a mediocre beat. I think this is one of the worst songs Usher has ever recorded.
6. What's Your Name featuring will.i.am - This is an ok track, however it sounds better suited for Craig David. Will I Am gives a catchy beat as always but the vocals aren't really special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sooooo cool
Usher is the bomb and this album is awesome!!! I keep playing my favorite songs over and over again.in my car.
Published 8 months ago by martini1
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
The cd was in excellent condition. Did not affect playing ability. I enjoyed having it once again. Thank you very much. Have a great day.
Published 9 months ago by Shirley L.
5.0 out of 5 stars tommi-girl50 5 star review
J T's 20/20 was all that and then some. If you don't have go get it. You will not be disappointed.
Published 11 months ago by tommi-girl50
3.0 out of 5 stars unfortunate
Case was broken in pieces when it came but CD was fine...not happy about the case & I paid more on here than I would have at best buy.
Published 11 months ago by dkroll3
3.0 out of 5 stars Ehh... Just ok.
CD kinda boring. Sorry usher. A lot of long love ballads. I don't hate love songs but this wasn't his best work.
Published 12 months ago by Mommyof2
5.0 out of 5 stars smooth
Smooth soul, a little r & b, and alot of pop and you get what is known as Usher. A beautiful mix of stories!
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Usher's Best!
Vocals and song selection on this album were amazing! One of his classic albums in my book. Will always stay on my ipod.
Published 14 months ago by Jasmine
2.0 out of 5 stars not really a big usher fan
this cd is ok usher music is like many other stars they have a good hit or two than the rest of the cd is wack.
Published 15 months ago by Queen B
2.0 out of 5 stars Miss the jams, dance music and beats
Lyrics make me wonder about the club life experiences that have passed...understand you grow and have to show your maturity, but we want to get out and dance.
Published 15 months ago by JON WATSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Usher is hot!!!
I love love love everything about this album. He makes me cry and wanna dance in matter of a few songs.
Published 19 months ago by LaShauna
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This album is GARBAGE!!!
Seriously, how do you expect a man who has had such a lengthy career to keep that same subject matter going on every record. It is evident from this album that the man is grown and has more important things in life today than chasing women and gettin' em to say YEAH in the clubs.

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May 27, 2008 by Yasmine Mohamed |  See all 26 posts
What do think about Usher's ablum, Here I Stand?
sup well i have to say yea your right about it not being as smooth as confessions but i feel from listening to this cd is he's on his grown man tip so he most likely feels like he wants to make the kind of music he grow up listening to like from the 70's and just the older smooth feeling type of... Read more
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