Usher, 8701 (2001) It took four years for Usher to follow up My Way, but he clearly wasn't using the interval to reinvent contemporary R&B. On 8701 ,… 2001-08-07 Usher Hip-Hop/Rap R&B
Music Review

Usher, 8701 (2001)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Aug 07, 2001; Lead Performance: Usher; Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B

It took four years for Usher to follow up My Way, but he clearly wasn't using the interval to reinvent contemporary R&B. On 8701, there are predictably soulless guest vocals, production from a cadre of experts (Jermaine Dupri, Jam and Lewis, Babyface), and a bunch of loverman tracks that blend harmlessly together. Usher has settled into his voice nicely, but there's little beyond the buttery ''U Remind Me'' to inspire a listener chant of ''four more years.''

Originally posted Aug 10, 2001 Published in issue #608 Aug 10, 2001 Order article reprints