MUSIC WORLD: Usher’s “Raymond v. Raymond” + Full Album Download
Usher is trying to get his mojo back with his new album Raymond v. Raymond. Though Here I Stand was considered weak by some people’s standards, I found it presented Usher at a particular point in his life. He was in love and a family man. His music at that time represented that. Well this new album presents Usher post-divorce as a 31 year old R&B star presenting where he is now.
Raymond v. Raymond opens with a sort of deceleration to his listeners that there are multiple sides to every story. Then “Monstar” picks up the pace quickly, for better or for worse. As a whole, the entire album seems to present Usher fighting himself, which more than likely has everything to do with the title of the album. He intertwines overtly sexual songs with heartfelt ballads about the love he has for a woman. I’m a bit confuzzled. I’m all for multifaceted individuals, but the album feels a bit scattered.
The standout tracks include the two singles, “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)” and “Lil’ Freak” featuring Nicki Minaj. Thankfully Plies does not make the cut for the “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)” album version. “Mars vs. Venus” is the clearest attempt at what I consider the Usher we know and love. Usher sat down with Good Morning America to discuss a few things including his new album, his mom, Michael Jackson, and his new life. Peep the interview below.
The album is a decent R&B album representing a more mature and assertive Usher. Unfortunately, there are some skippable tracks, namely “OMG” featuring will.i.am and “More” from the NBA All-Star Game. But as a whole, the album is a solid release from a pretty consistent artist… leather capris aside. The album is officially released March 30, 2010. Make sure you cop it. If you don’t feel like waiting, of course I provided the download link.