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Usher is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer Usher. It was released on August 30, 1994, by LaFace Records. As executive producer, Sean "Puffy" Combs mostly did the production work on this album, as well as the additional production that were provided by Chucky Thompson, DeVante Swing and Al B. Sure!, among others. The album debuted at number 167 on the US Billboard 200. The release of the album was accompanied by the support of three singles: "Can U Get wit It", "Think of You" and "The Many Ways".

Usher
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 30, 1994
Genre
Length63:13
LabelLaFace
Producer
Usher chronology
Usher
(1994)
My Way
(1997)
Singles from Usher
  1. "Can U Get wit It"
    Released: July 1, 1994
  2. "Think of You"
    Released: November 10, 1994
  3. "The Many Ways"
    Released: January 26, 1995

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AOTY60/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Entertainment WeeklyC−[3]
Yahoo! Music(favorable)[4]

Billy Johnson Jr. of Yahoo! Music called the debut album "an enjoyable ride."[4] Anderson Jones of Entertainment Weekly in a less-than-enthusiastic review of the album called the songs "sophomoric" and "remarkably dull."[3]

Commercial performanceEdit

Usher debuted at number 167 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[5] The album has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States to date.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."I'll Make It Right"
  • Darren Benbow
  • Faith Evans
  • Kiyamma Griffin
  • Isaiah Lee
  • Laquentis Saxon
Alexander Richbourg4:50
2."Interlude 1"Chucky Thompson0:40
3."Can U Get wit It"DeVante SwingDeVante Swing4:56
4."Think of You"
3:48
5."Crazy"Brian Alexander MorganBrian Alexander Morgan5:14
6."Slow Love"Al B. Sure!4:57
7."The Many Ways"
Dave Hall5:43
8."I'll Show You Love"
  • Charles Bobbit
  • James Brown
  • Faith Evans
  • Joe Howell
  • Alexander Richbourg
  • Mark South
  • Fred Wesley
Alexander Richbourg4:43
9."Interlude 2 (Can't Stop)"
Chucky Thompson2:42
10."Love Was Here"
  • Albert Brown
  • Kiyamma Griffin
  • Al B. Sure!
  • Kiyamma Griffin
5:37
11."Whispers"
  • Darryl Pearson
  • DeVante Swing
5:15
12."You Took My Heart"
Edward Ferrell5:10
13."Smile Again"
Herb Middleton4:38
14."Final Goodbye"
Dave Hall5:00

PersonnelEdit

Information taken from Allmusic.[6]

ChartsEdit

"—" denotes releases that did not chart

NotesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/11564-usher-usher.php
  2. ^ "allmusic ((( Usher > Overview )))". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  3. ^ a b Jones, Anderson (1994-09-30). "Usher – Music – EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  4. ^ a b Johnson Jr., Billy (1994-08-30). "Usher Reviews on Yahoo! Music". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on 2006-08-27. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  5. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Usher > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( Usher > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  7. ^ "allmusic ((( Usher > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15.

External linksEdit