By Jody Rosen
June 12, 2012
The only thing that rings false on Usher’s seventh LP is the title: If there’s anyone in music who doesn’t have an identity crisis, it’s Usher Raymond; the theme here, such as it is, is his own versatility. Club rave-ups, hip-hop ballads, synth pop, blaxploitation funk, a Max Martin song, a Will.i.am jam that borrows from “Uptown Girl” – all here. You’ll need the deluxe edition to hear Usher sing, “Let’s get together and exchange fuck faces.” It’s a ridiculous lyric, but – shocker – he makes it work.
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