Here I Stand
Label: Laface Records
With strobe synths stuttering beneath sweeping vocals, "Love in this Club" is the sort of soaring club jam that is a definitive summer jam. Nothing else here quite reaches those heights. Second single "Moving Mountains" undercuts Usher's impeccably smooth vocals with barely audible noise churn, reinforcing the lyrics' themes of abandonment, futility and loss. Though, overall, the melodies on Here I Stand are slightly duller than on Confessions, this is very much in line with Usher's previous work, balancing conventional R&B with hip-hop flourishes.