Usher’s ‘Raymond V Raymond’: Download Or Dump?

Music

Clover Hope / March 12, 2010

Toggling between mischievous bachelor and repentant ex-hubby, Usher is a scorned man wrestling with emotions on his sixth studio album, Raymond V Raymond. With ex-wife (and mother of his two children) Tameka Foster, in his rearview, Mr. Raymond is officially on the prowl…or is he? Check out the highlights and lowlights of his recently leaked disc. Let it burn.

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→ “There Goes My Baby”
While other R&B singers are just getting by with so-so vocals, Usher is the master. It shows on this soft Jim Jonsin-crafted ballad about proudly claiming his woman: “I been waiting all day to wrap my hands around your waist/And kiss your face.” A touch of adult-contemporary minus the Here I Stand yawn factor. 

 

→ “Little Freak”
Haven’t already downloaded this? What are you waiting for?? Usher is at his most seductively crass while looking to assemble a ménage in this Polow Da Don-produced track with the elephant-sounding bass. Nicki accepts the application and even tries to lure Cassie along for the ride.

→ “Mars Vs Venus”
Jay-Z wants his song title back! All whispers and coos, this moody falsetto-laden groove finds Usher taking it nice and slow between the sheets. Recently divorced single dad seeks love…

→ “Pro Lover”
Over a Caribbean-inspired rhythm, Ursh brags about his Rolodex of ladies and tells one in particular to fall back: “Lovin’ me baby that’s a no-no/I’m better when I touch and go/I’m tryna add your name to my hall of fame/Not just a player I’m a pro.”

→ “Foolin’ Around”
The singer laments the bad things he did in “Pro Lover”—flip-flopping from regular to double time flow—in this candid and tender version of the sentiments expressed in “Confessions.” “Let me start by saying that the way I feel for you has never once changed/And the games I’ve played, mistakes I’ve made leave me sorrier than you’ll ever know.”