Usher was a star with three number one hits before Confessions, but its critical and commercial success meant the music industry couldn’t dismiss him as a pop creation modeled after Michael Jackson. The album's conceit is a soap opera in which he cheats on his girlfriend and gets the other woman pregnant. He handles this tabloid affair with grace, portraying himself as a likable guy in a sticky situation instead of an unrepentant dog. Wisely, he sets aside this theme after twenty minutes and refocuses on R&B jams like "Bad Girl," a kinetic number built around handclaps, guitar riffs and his delightfully rhythmic falsetto. Usher runs out of good material before Confessions ends, but the best songs, including "Burn" and the teen love duet "My Boo" with Alicia Keys, more than make up for the weaker cuts.
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