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Confessions

Too racy for kids, but great for older teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

An odd mix: yes it's sexist; yes there's that tedious double-standard thing--but there's also a lot of heart and self-awareness.

Violence

Nothing noticeable.

Sex

Innuendo that stops just short of explicit.

Language

A lot of obviously suggestive wordplay, cleverly avoiding certain words.

Consumerism

Several brand names mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few references to drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are so many intense messages here that it's hard to decide whether this CD is sexist, sexy, callous, heartfelt, brutally self-aware, or all of the above. What it is, above all, is honest.

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What's the story?

On CONFESSIONS, Usher may seem to be a bit sexist and flaunting his sexuality, but above all else, he portrays a refreshing honesty. The sexual innuendo is presented in word play that's at least a bit clever, and there are some surprising moments of genuine self-awareness, emotion, passion, and regret. The title tracks, \"Confessions (Interlude)\" and \"Confessions Part II\" tell an all-too-familiar story -- a little morality play in the form of a soul song. The good-as-gold girlfriend is hearing from her guy about his other relationship -- and the \"chick on the side's\" pregnancy, and she is angry. The story is told from the boyfriend's point of view, showing his anxiety, regret, and confusion over events that suddenly seem way out of control. You can feel his racing heart and sweaty palms, his fear that he has blown it big time with his true love. There's no resolution, but it's a beautifully crafted statement that might make young people in this real-life situation feel less alone.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

At first listen, it's easy to dismiss Usher's Confessions as just another sexist rant in which the tedious old double standard rules the day. But listen again, and you'll find more depth and honesty in these songs than on most pop CDs. The singing, production, and instrumental performances are exquisite throughout, largely because Usher lets us in with surprising self-awareness and honesty.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about dealing with real feelings and facing up to real-life mistakes. Do you think Usher is airing his dirty laundry to generate publicity or simply sharing his experiences in an artistic way?

Music details

Artist:Usher
Release date:March 23, 2004
Label:La Face
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byUsher 101 August 10, 2010
I just started liking usher, so the only song i've heard off this album is Yeah!, and i was only just allowed to listen to it. And if it's all that bad, they play it at basketball games, and concediring some of the hardcore fans use way worse language, this shouldnt be much of a problem at sports events with strong language being screamed in your ear every two seconds, but at home its a prob.
Teen, 16 years old Written byggig April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old August 22, 2010
It has some of everything, but stops it just before it gets explicit. Yeah is the only good song though, and if you think yeah is innapropriate be warned... its played at basketball games.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking