Usher – Raymond V Raymond || Music Review
R&B star Usher’s sixth album is about divorce, right? Well, not exactly. Sure there are references to Mr. Raymond’s split with his wife, but despite its allusive title, Raymond V Raymond is an album of club bangers, radioplay efforts, and disappointing moments that are relatively uninspired by Usher’s marital conflict.
Here’s the real question: does Usher serve up some summer jams while peppering in a pensive R&B moment or two? Yes, he does. Whether he’s turning up the heat with Ludacris on “She Don’t Know” or getting straight nasty with hot ticket Nicki Minaj on “Lil Freak”, it’s pretty obvious what he’s trying to do here. Besides the title of the album, there’s little pretense that this record is anything more than a vehicle for tracks that will dominate the airwaves.
On a few songs, Usher seems to be trying to be at least a little creative, like on track one, “Monstar”, with its electro-pop feel a la Prince riding a Michael Jackson Invincible-era beat. Some of these experimentations fail miserably however…