Usher (album)

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Usher
Studio album by Usher
Released August 30, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 63:13
Label LaFace
Producer Sean "Puffy" Combs (exec.), L.A. Reid (exec.), Al B. Sure!, Chucky Thompson, DeVante Swing, Edward "Eddie F" Ferrell, Kiyamma Griffin, Dave Hall, Isaiah Lee, Brian Alexander Morgan, Darryl Pearson, Alexander Richbourg
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

Usher is the debut studio album from American R&B artist Usher, released August 30, 1994 on LaFace Records.

The album peaked at number 167 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C−[2]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[3]

The album peaked at #167 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached #25 on the R&B Albums chart.[4]

Billy Johnson Jr. of Yahoo! Music called the debut album "an enjoyable ride."[3] Anderson Jones of Entertainment Weekly in a less than enthusiastic review of the album called the songs "sophomoric" and "remarkably dull."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "I'll Make It Right"   Benbow, Evans, Griffin, Lee, Saxon Sean "Puffy" Combs, Alex Richbourg 4:50
2. "Interlude 1"   Evans, Raymond, Thompson Carl "Chucky" Thompson 0:40
3. "Can U Get wit It"   Swing DeVante Swing 4:56
4. "Think of You"   Evans, Jones, Raymond, Thompson Sean "Puffy" Combs, Carl "Chucky" Thompson 3:48
5. "Crazy"   Morgan Brian Alexander Morgan 5:14
6. "Slow Love"   Brown, Lee Al B. Sure! 4:57
7. "The Many Ways"   Brown, Hall Dave "Jam" Hall 5:43
8. "I'll Show You Love"   Bobbit, Brown, Evans, Howell, Richbourg, South,
Wesley
Sean "Puffy" Combs, Alex Richbourg 4:43
9. "Interlude 2 (Can't Stop)"   Evans, Raymond, Thompson Sean "Puffy" Combs, Carl "Chucky" Thompson 2:42
10. "Love Was Here"   Brown, Griffin Al B. Sure!, Kiyamma Griffin 5:37
11. "Whispers"   Pearson, Swing Darryl Pearson, DeVante Swing 5:15
12. "You Took My Heart"   Corbett, Ferrell, Jones, Raymond, Tonge Edward "Eddie F" Ferrell 5:10
13. "Smile Again"   Evans, Hollister, Middleton Sean "Puffy" Combs, Herb Middleton 4:38
14. "Final Goodbye"   Chambers, Corbett, Hall, Norris Dave "Jam" Hall 5:00

Sample credits

  • "I'll Make It Right" contains a sample of "Top Billin'" as performed by Audio Two and "Jussummen" as performed by Das EFX.
  • "Think of You" contains a sample of "Tidal Wave" as performed by Ronnie Laws.[5]
  • "Slow Love" contains a sample of "The Show" as performed by Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick.
  • "I'll Show You Love" contains a sample of "Blind Man Can See It" as performed by James Brown.

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1994)[4] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 167
U.S. Heatseekers 4
U.S. R&B Albums 25

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[6]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
1994 "Can U Get wit It" 59 13
1995 "Think of You" 58 23 8
"The Many Ways" 42

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Allmusic.[7]

  • assistant engineering – Daniel Beroff
  • drums – Alexander Richbourg
  • engineering – Al B. Sure!, Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander, Bob Brockman, Larry Funk, Gerhard Joost, Tony Maserati, Brian Alexander Morgan, Nasheim Myrick, Rob Paustian
  • executive production – Sean "Puffy" Combs, L.A. Reid
  • guitar – Darryl Pearson
  • keyboards – Herb Middleton
  • mixing – Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander, Bob Brockman, Sean "Puffy" Combs, David Dachinger, DeVante Swing, Rob Paustian, John Shrive
  • multi-instruments – DeVante Swing, Brian Alexander Morgan, Tim Mosley, Darryl Pearson
  • photography – Michael Benabib
  • production – Al B. Sure!, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Ward Corbett, DeVante Swing, Edward "Eddie F" Ferrell, Kiyamma Griffin, Dave Hall, Isaiah Lee, Brian Alexander Morgan, Darryl Pearson, Alexander Richbourg
  • songwriting – Ward Corbett
  • vocals – Usher
  • vocals (background) – Darren Benbow, Mary Brown, Faith Evans, Dave Hollister, Crystal Johnson, Darryl Pearson, Laquentis Saxon, Usher, Levar "Lil' Tone" Wilson

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Usher > Overview )))". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  2. ^ a b Jones, Anderson (1994-09-30). "Usher – Music – EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Usher > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Rap Sample FAQ - Quick FAQ Search: Usher". The-Breaks.com. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( Usher > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  7. ^ "allmusic ((( Usher > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 

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