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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.

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B0015519VS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 By WILLIE ADAMS on December 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Farhan Latif on 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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Zqueeshy on May 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have to give him at least one star for trying after four years. I have to say that if this was the last album of his career, then he has lost his luster.
I purchased this yesterday (5/28) and was very excited and almost hesitant at the same time because I hadn't heard anything good or bad, and so I thought I'd hear it for myself. I would really like my money back (I don't understand why there isn't a better return policy on music like other software :)). Every song was "uneventful" and I heard nothing new and fresh. My friend and I looked at each other after every song and we could only sigh, we were very disapointed. He wouldn't even take it to load to his IPOD.
Here is my problem with this album: It's all over the place! He is singing about the same things as before however, he is also including his new family,and in fact has an interlude to his son, yet 2 or 3 songs bfore he is talking about "sex" and other inuendos and it just seems odd considering he is now "married" to someone that adds no luster to his persona. Usher sings about the ladies, dancing and inuendos...Mr.Raymond is married with a son, he shouldn't mingle the two as it leaves a bad taste in your mouth and speechless.
SEcondly, the beats, with the exception of "What's your Name" with Will.I.Am is hot, but that's it, the beat..not the lyrics or the music. If you haven't already purchased "Confessions", purchase that instead of this one.
Sorry, Usher, but this one will not make it to my IPOD!
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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
Jun 23, 2008 by Joseph T. Henderson |  See all 4 posts
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.

If you are as... Read More
May 27, 2008 by Yasmine Mohamed |  See all 26 posts
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