“How you make it feel…why you make me feel…it feel so good…I like it, I like it baby…girl what you doing to me?…girl what you do to me…don’t give up my love…(Need U)”
Usher is back with his 8th studio album Hard II Love. It’s full of up-tempo & love songs as he embraces the newest wave of the Atlanta sound.
Usher’s first album debuted 22 years ago. Then he was just a young teenaged boy singing cute little bops. He has grown up before our eyes & we have known for some years now that he is a man. Following the massive success of his album Confessions, Usher has bounced through a few different sounds since. He’s updated his sound a few times & shown his versatility. Hard II Love feels like a return to the basics in some ways, but. Though not from there originally, Usher has embraced Atlanta as a home & he is definitely repping it on this record. He walks the line between the more Trap sounding R&B & a more heartfelt sound. He gives the fellas a few songs for what they may be going through in their relationships. He goes through messing up & wanting your girl back to some sexier tracks. Crash is MJ-ish with it’s production. There’s a touch of dance, but he also has production from Metro Boomin so you should know where that goes. Overall, it’s solid. Only Tell Me really feels like a mood, but it’s something to bop to & not get too sentimental. By the end of the album it mellows out & goes deeper. I feel like it’ll be somewhat of a grower. The more you listen, the more it sticks. The album features Young Thug & Future.
Hard II Love is available everywhere. Check out the video for Rivals featuring Future below: