Can you believe it’s been a decade since Usher dropped his chart topping tell-all album Confessions? From the crunktastical party anthem “Yeah,” heart wrenching ballad “Burn,” to the dirty laundry of “Confessions” part one and two, each single off Mr. Raymond’s fourth studio album had an esoteric message behind each it. In honor of Usher’s decennial classic, grab a pen and take notes as we delve into the LP’s many life lessons.
When life presents an opportunity say, YEAH!
“Yeah” ft. Ludacris and Lil Jon
“Yeah” is unquestionably the ultimate party anthem. To look at the hit single’s visual in a metaphorical sense, Usher is life and the seductress’ in the video are opportunities. Instead of being hesitant, Usher went in for the kill co-accruing with flashing neon laser beams and killer choreography .
The truth shall set you free.
“Confessions” I& II
“When you live your truth no one can use it against you.”
He may have cheated but we respect the honest. No one is perfect, but once you come to terms with your faults– you can grow and move on from them.
It’s okay to let go.
“If you love something let it go”
As Usher croons about his extinguishing love flame, we can agree that relationships are tough and breakups are a bitch. Learning how to move on from someone you loved deeply is an extremely difficult and timely process. Being conflicted is normal, but if neither of you is happy, why salvage it?
Admit to your mistakes
This Dionne Warwick sample (“You’re Going to Need Me”) finds Mr. Raymond reflecting on his past mistakes after a breakup. on a previous relationship and realizes that he has made a huge mistake and wishes to start over. Admitting when you’re wrong is quite liberating and even if your fault doesn’t correct itself- there’s always a lesson learned for the next time around.
Idolize your lover–it’s okay to be caught up.
“Superstar” & “Caught Up”
“I’ll be your groupie baby”
Midway through the album, Usher paints a pretty picture of new love with Caught up and Superstar. At the end of the day, infatuation is okay; being caught up and sprung is all a part of falling in love.
Embrace your inner Vixen
Produced by the forefathers of contemporary R&B– Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis– this funk inspired jam gives us permission to embrace our bad side, let our hair down and be sexy.
Embrace Your Inner Freak
“Can You Handle It” & “That’s What it’s Made For”
Usher’s sex symbol and freak status are solidified with these coitus themed tracks. We can learn a thing or two from him by embracing our desires.
Your first love will always have your heart.
“My Boo” ft. Alicia Keys
Expect a trip down memory lane listening to this duet about falling in love for the first time . No matter how much time has passed, you will never forget your first love.
It’s the little things that count.
“It’s the simple things in life we forget.”
We get so clouded by the trivial and materialistic things that we tend to forget the simple pleasures life has to offer. To put the record in simple terms– don’t take things or people for granted.