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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 30, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: La Face
  • ASIN: B002RAREAK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2010 release, the seventh album from the multi-million selling R&B artist. Following the success of his platinum selling 2008 release Here I Stand, Raymond v Raymond takes you on a journey through the dichotomy of man. Raymond v Raymond opens up another chapter of Usher's coming of age as he tells the story of balancing the challenges of day to day life as an evolving man while jumping back on the scene as a sex symbol and fearless superstar entertainer. With the help of some of the biggest producers in music including Polow Da Don, Jim Jonsin (Lollipop), Danja (Sober), and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Raymond v Raymond is sure to paint a vivid portrait of growth, triumph, defeat and happiness.

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All in all, Usher's Raymond Vs. Raymond just isn't a strong album for die hard Usher fans young and old.
Michael Kerner
There's really not a bad track on the album, and even if certain songs have things lacking, the amazing production lyrics or vocals save it from floundering.
H. Alexander
The 14 song track listing is perfect for the album, and i feel like that was part of the reason Here I Stand wasnt as potent was because it was to long.
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44 of 61 people found the following review helpful By DA 1THRILLA on April 2, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Where do I begin with the expectations I had for "Raymond Vs Raymond". After the grown man sound of "Here I Stand" and two albums removed from the classic "Confessions", I expected a good combination of the two. With Usher going through a divorce and this supposedly being a return to his roots, this album was built up to be great. I should have paid attention to the signs. (The album being pushed back, the lack of record company support) These should have been red flags to me when thinking of buying this album. But of course I ignored them because I am a fan and enjoyed the last two albums. Now I'm confused.

"Here I Stand" showed Usher's maturation into a respectable singer, not just a performer."Raymond Vs Raymond" is Usher's return to being the entertainer he once was. This album is heavy on dance songs and low on R&B. The will.I.am produced song "OMG" is horrible.(I don't know how this guy keeps getting work). I'm not into the techno-dancehall thing so "Monstar" is not for me. And it seems Usher forgot how old he is on "So Many Girls" & "Pro Lover", save those songs for Chris Brown or Omarion. But all is not bad with this album. The single "Hey Daddy" actually had me hyped to hear this album. "Lil Freak" ft Nicki Minaj is another banger produced by Polow Da Don. "There Goes My Baby" is a smooth mid tempo track. The JD produced "Foolin' Around" is solid. But for an album called "Raymond Vs Raymond", the only song referring to his divorce is the lead single "Papers". (Now Usher says the title is about the battle within himself. Kind of like T.I. vs T.I.P.) So the title is very misleading.

Maybe it was my expectations that made this album a major disappointment. Maybe I held Usher to a higher standard than where he needed to be.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2010
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Ok I know that alot of people are mad at Usher right now because of the state of his music. I can honestly say that I think there are some issues with the direction of his music. He seems to be headed for the techno/pop sound that his protege Justin Beiber has going right now (and who by the way, is getting really famous from). However, I dont think Raymond v Raymond is that bad. I actually dont mind that I brought the album, whereas if I had brought Here I Stand I would have been upset. The reason is because there are quite a few songs on this cd that I actually like.

Monstar, Hey Daddy, There Goes My Baby, OMG (guilty pleasure :), Mars vs Venus, Pro Lover, Okay, and Making Love (Into The Night) make this CD worth buying for me. I can listen to those songs repeatedly and not get tired of them. They are in my opinion the best songs on the CD. That being said, yes, there are some questionable songs here, and yes it is not as good as the Confessions CD. I think that Confessions was to Usher what Thriller was to MJ. I seriously doubt he can make another Confessions. But I can accept this CD as it is because he did have some really good songs that I like. I guess the same goes for others: everything depends on how you view the songs, some will like them and others wont. For that reason, I am giving the CD 4 stars: not the best, but its still good. I would say give it a chance. It is a good CD.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Njai on August 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Even though it has only been five months since the release of "Raymond V. Raymond," Usher has done the right thing by not resting on hits like "OMG," "Lil Freak" and "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home")." Singing "I'll be knocking till you let me in" on the deluxe edition of "Raymond V Raymond," also titled "Versus" as a separate disc ("Stranger"), Usher comes hard with a nine new songs filled with at least seven previously unreleased songs and one of his strongest singles to date ("There Goes My Baby").

Seemingly obsessed with Hot & Cold throughout the effort, as he spends much time talking about keeping his love interest warm on a cold and lonely night ("When you're cold, I want to be the one that keeps you warm; I'm so cold that I need a hot tottie"), Usher kicks off the second disc (the first disc in the deluxe edition matches that of the original release) with what you could call `The Trinity' -- three songs that will make you want to pick up the new edition or at least think about it.

"Love Em All" leads with the newly single father of two declaring "Ladies Get In Line, I'm gonna take you back to school". Credited to Esther Dean and Prettyboifresh, among others, "Love Em All" is like Usher's official press release -- "I'm a free to get at every girl kind of guy". In case you didn't understand that, Usher breaks it down on "Love Em All," singing "lately I've been an oh I'm in love kind of guy, now I'm a single, beat it up kind of guy."

`Hot Tottie" is perhaps the defining track however.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NPMusicman on April 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Usher is a great singer and performing/recording artist, and with this album's singles, I really expected better. I really got into "Papers," "Hey Daddy," "Little Freak," and "There Goes My Baby" (which should have been a much bigger hit). Then I heard "OMG," and thought, "oookay.. typical will.I.am bullsh**." I bought it anyway based on the other songs. This is a mixed bag of an album. "Monstar" was... odd lol. I didn't quite know what to make of it, but I liked it at times. I don't like most of the up-tempo and electronic joints very much (OMG, She Don't Know, Okay), and I thought So Many Girls and Pro Lover were kinda juvenile for Usher, especially after Here I Stand. I liked Foolin Around and Guilty and Making Love Into the Night though, definitely. So for me, the album was half and half. It's not bad, but it's not really good. Out of all the dance, electronic stuff, WHY was "More" left off the album??? Of all the songs to cut, jeez.. Anyway, I still think the best R&B album I've heard recently is Trey Songz Ready. I thought this album was going to be some kind of cross between Confessions and Here I Stand and progressing from there. I don't know. If you're really an Usher fan, it's worth copping, but it's definitely not his strongest effort.
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Feb 19, 2010 by Emma M. Mitchell |  See all 21 posts
Is Raymond vs Raymond going to be clean only?
From what I see, the album is going to be clean(hopefully not,) but if you remember My Way, that album had an explicit sticker on that outer package. So, we will see. I think only one song uses profanity, so they might not even put an explicit sticker on it.
Mar 28, 2010 by Jamison T. Lamb |  See all 10 posts
CD Cover...
It is the cover. Here's the Actual cover: http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/usher-raymond-vs-raymond-album-cover.jpg
Feb 4, 2010 by Gabriel Santistevan |  See all 3 posts
release date
I know,you can hear majority of them already.I was so anticipating this cd for December.
Dec 9, 2009 by Ms. Read |  See all 3 posts
Why isn't "More" included on raymond vs raymond deluxe edition
More is also on Now That's what i Call Music Vol. 38
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