Usher (album)

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Usher
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Studio album by Usher
Released August 30, 1994
Recorded 1993–94
Genre
Length 63:13
Label LaFace
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

Usher is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Usher. It was released on August 30, 1994, by LaFace Records. The album debuted at number 167 on the US Billboard 200, while it has reached at number 25 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C−[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]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "I'll Make It Right"  
  • Darren Benbow
  • Faith Evans
  • Kiyamma Griffin
  • Isaiah Lee
  • Laquentis Saxon
Alexander Richbourg 4:50
2. "Interlude 1"   Chucky Thompson 0:40
3. "Can U Get wit It"   DeVante Swing DeVante Swing 4:56
4. "Think of You"  
Chucky Thompson 3:48
5. "Crazy"   Brian Alexander Morgan Brian Alexander Morgan 5:14
6. "Slow Love"  
Al B. Sure! 4:57
7. "The Many Ways"  
Dave Hall 5:43
8. "I'll Show You Love"  
  • Charles Bobbit
  • James Brown
  • Faith Evans
  • Joe Howell
  • Alexander Richbourg
  • Mark South
  • Fred Wesley
Alexander Richbourg 4:43
9. "Interlude 2 (Can't Stop)"  
  • Faith Evans
  • Usher Raymond
  • Chucky Thompson
Chucky Thompson 2:42
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 Ferrell 5:10
13. "Smile Again"  
Herb Middleton 4:38
14. "Final Goodbye"  
Dave Hall 5:00

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1994)[1] Peak
position
US Billboard 200 167
US Top Heatseekers 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 25

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[5]
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.[6]

  • 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. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Usher > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  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. ^ "allmusic ((( Usher > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( Usher > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 

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