Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Too racy for kids, but great for older teens.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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.


Nothing noticeable.


Innuendo that stops just short of explicit.


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


Several brand names mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking.

What 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.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bySherrice Perry April 9, 2008

A Little TOO Much!!!

Since the very beginning of his career, I've been in love with Usher. He has a very snazzy and sexy style, he is a skilled dancer, and his vocals are soft... Continue reading
Adult Written byI AM ALWAYS RIGHT April 9, 2008

Don't buy this!

The album is like, sooooooooo sexist. Usher is sick.
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... Continue reading
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 ba... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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