Usher, "Versus"

85 Billboard Rating

"Raymond v Raymond" may be the title of Usher's latest album, but it also mirrors what's happening on the R&B/ hip-hop charts. The singer is competing with himself thanks to four songs-three of which (No. 1 hit "There Goes My Baby," "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" and "Hot Tottie") appear on this sequel to "R v R." Comprising eight new songs plus "There Goes My Baby," the new set alternately bumps and throbs as a reinvigorated Usher further paves his comeback path. The release opens with the rhythm-drenched declaration "Love 'Em All," followed by Usher's top 10 pop/club jam with Pitbull, "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love." Adding their own special flavor to the proceedings are Jay-Z on "Hot Tottie," Bun B riding shotgun on "Get In My Car" and Usher protégé Justin Bieber featured on a remix of his own hit "Somebody to Love." The real standout after "There Goes My Baby" and "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" is the shimmering, sexy groove "Lingerie," co-produced by the legendary Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

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