On 2008's snoozy Here I Stand, a then-married Usher sang about devotion, domesticity and freaking the wifey (and only the wifey). Since then, however, Usher's marriage imploded — a development that's good for the single ladies of metro Atlanta but yields mixed results on his sixth studio disc. Usher tackles divorce on "Papers," where the normally cool singer seethes at his ex-wife. But mostly he's in loverman mode, delivering seduction-by-numbers like "So Many Girls" — a standard-issue electro jam with a blah chorus — and sonic Viagra like "Lil Freak," a sinuous Polow Da Don co-production where Usher spits hooks while guest Nikki Minaj sets up a ménage à trois. Maybe next time out, Ush can keep it up (musically) for an entire album.
(Posted: Mar 30, 2010)
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