...and Usher loves everyone...

 

His new album, Raymond vs. Raymond dropped on Tuesday.  His latest pleas of mercy singles have been in serious rotation on the R&B stations and his video for both “Daddy’s Home” and “Lil Freak” have done their thing on the new Cartoon Network 106 & Park.  Yes, as a true Usher stan fan I did download the album Tuesday night – however I haven’t taken the time to review…so this will be a “to be continued” and I will give my insight upon completing two full listening sessions of the R&B Prince’s new crooning collection.  

**Update: (April 5, 2010) iTunes and my iPod aren’t feeling each other right now, and I can’t upload the album so I can do my clean-and-listen routine.  If all else fails, I will just stay connected to S-dot for an evening of blogging and get the review in.** 

**Update: (April 20, 2010) So, I finally got a chance to listen to the album in its entirety, and no it’s not Confessions – but we all know there will never be another Confessions, *in my Smokey voice* “eva, eva, eva, eva, eva!!”  However, it’s a well put together album, and we can all tell that Usher did some growing up, did some freaky things, and still has a passion for his art.  

Favorite tracks include: 

  • “Lil Freak” – don’t judge me, but that beat, and Usher asking me to, “…let her put her hands in ya pants” kinda turns me on.
  • “There Goes My Baby” – an ode to the “one” the one that makes you smile when they walk in a room, when they send you a sext text message, when their ringtone plays on your cell phone. 
  • “She Don’t Know” – the bad boy in Mr. Raymond, the one you really wanna screw hate to love.
  • “OMG” – dancers everywhere will fall in love with this one instantly – and it might be one of the freshest songs he has released in years. 

Unlike “Here I Stand” this isn’t a catalog of songs forcing the idea that Usher has grown up, and is on to bigger and better things.  “Raymond vs. Raymond” reminds us of why we fell in love with that sound in the first place, but let’s us know that he still has moves to make and room to grow.  

So yes, everyone will still love Raymond after this one.

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Thicke’s Therapy

February 25, 2010

"The man ya mama said, 'don't exist'"

Dr. Thicke

When I heard that Robin Thicke was coming out with another album – I had mixed feelings.  His previous work, “Something Else” was just that, something else.  Something that I wasn’t sure I wanted to EVER hear again.  Maybe it was the sophomore slump.  Maybe it was his attempt to go commercial – I mean shyt, he WAS dancing in the video, something we’ve NEVER seen from Mr. Thicke.  Hell, we were surprised when he would get up from the piano, or from playing the guitar and would twist that little @ss of his around stage.   Whatever it was, I’m glad he continued to evolve *cue the Evolution of Robin Thicke* and create the magnificence now called “Sex Therapy.”  

Word on the street is that Robin took some time and had some conversations with his wife <beautiful actress Paula Patton> about what it is that turns black women on.  As she is a black woman, her insight was a valuable resource for him, and he took full advantage of anything she had to enlighten him on.   

“Sex Therapy” is an intimate session of ooohhhs, aaaahhss, and umph, umph, umph.  The lead single “Sex Therapy” is an instant classic, with an unforgettable melody, and a hook that reminds all the stressed out, over-worked, uptight women that it’s their, “..body and they can scream if they want to.” Robin will give you sex therapy to calm all that down.   Other notables include: “Mrs. Sexy”, “Million Dollar Baby”, and “It’s in the Morning”.  My favorite from this compilation of therapeutic lullabies is “Make U Love Me” – where Mr. Thicke lets us know that he’s like Bigfoot, “…the man ya mama said, ‘don’t exist.'”  

I’ll pretend that “Something Else” didn’t exist – cause “Sex Therapy” is the real evolution of Robin Thicke as an artist, a sex symbol, and a panty-wetter that last one wasn’t very lady-like.  *wink*