by Amy Finley
Confession: A New Level For A Not-So-New Star
Is Usher hot? Well, according to the 2.8 million that bought the fourth album by Usher, Confession (Artista), he is. In the popular album, new musical heights are reached by Usher. Confession is dynamic and personal, a reflection of Usher’s musical growth over the last ten years.
Usher, who has received dozens of awards for his soulful, sexy, pop/r&b style, is especially popular among women. Several of the songs on his latest album are co-written by Usher. Confession, then, is more than a title – it’s also a musical statement about Usher himself.
Life + Usher Confession = Lyrics
In the song Confession II, Usher’s lyrics purportedly stem from his relationship with the (now disbanded) TLC singer Chili. He sings, “This by far is the hardest thing I think I’ve ever had to do/to tell you, the woman I love/That I’m having a baby /with a woman that I barely know.” His seemingly straight from the heart, gut-wrenching admission of guilt puts a very personal touch on the album.
While some critics praise and applaud Usher for his work in Confession, others are more lukewarm. Some reviewers place the motivation on songs like the huge hit “Yeah,” perfect to get a party movin’ and shakin,’ and the soulful crooning in the balledesque “Burn” more on catering to fans than to a personal Usher confession.
To those who think that Usher, Confession, My Way, or 8701 caters to fans, I have to say, even if it does, so what? What’s wrong with an artist as popular as Usher giving his listeners what they want to hear? In my opinion, he should be applauded for it. If it makes money, well, it’s because people like what they’re hearing. If Usher gives fans songs they like, and also is able to add more of a personal element by just being Usher, Confession has done its job.
Check It Out Before You Buy
Tons of sites offer free Usher Confession downloads and video clips, so you can check out some of the songs before you buy the CD. When you’re ready to buy Usher’s music, you can buy the CD anywhere, but you won’t have to fork over much if you buy on the web. You’ll be able to get Confession for under fourteen bucks.
You can also download cool music ringtones from Usher. Confession songs are some of the most popular downloads right now – in fact Usher even won digital platinum certification for having over 200,000 downloads for “Yeah!” according to mtv.com. Close second for download popularity are Confession’s “Burn” and “My Boo,” with over 100,000 downloads. Another success for Usher, Confession was the most shipped album in 2004. Can the success of Usher and Confession be questioned? Sure, but the answer is that even those who don’t claim to be Usher fans don’t deny that the Confession deserves to be a smash hit.
Well done, Usher. Confession has made its mark.
In addition to being a freelance journalist with PULSEMEDIA International, Amy Finley is a creative writer and a graduate student of English at Cleveland State University. She lives in Rome, Ohio with her husband and three young children.