Usher - Is Usher's 'Looking 4 Myself' His Best Album Since 'Confessions'?
Usher 's new album 'Looking 4 Myself' looks set to return the smooth R n' B star back to the focal point of mainstream music's consciousness - at least it's going to if the critics are to be believed. You could hardly say that a man whose last three albums have gone straight in at number one in the US Billboard Charts is having a career lull, but the general consensus over the last few years is that the one-time teen prodigy hasn't quite been the force he once was when he broke through in the late 90s.
However, The Washington Post are claiming that 'Looking 4 Myself' is his best album since 2004's 'Confessions,' an album that went on to sell 20 million copies worldwide. The Post writes "[Confessions] is less concerned with inclusion of both styles and more focused on seamlessly integrating them."
It's praise that can be backed up elsewhere, with Rolling Stone praising the album's diversity and saying "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," and The Guardian in the UK writing "Looking 4 Myself' is bloated and self-conscious, but when it hits the spot it's a feast of detailed, brilliantly gleaming R&B." With the album out this week, it'll be interesting to see what kind of dent it'll make in the Billboard charts.