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Album Review

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Usher warns married men not to feed an unhealthy sexual "Appetite" online or on the streets. The artist plans to spend a "Lifetime" with his lady. He promises his son he'll be a good dad, and asks God to protect the boy ("Prayer for You").

Objectionable Content

A shallow guy claims to love a girl he hasn't met ("What's Your Name?") and praises a partner primarily for being a well-dressed trophy on his arm ("Something Special"). Sex in public is the subject of "Love in This Club" ("Let's both get undressed right here/... I don't care who's watching"). Usher plays semantic games as he propositions a woman on "This Ain't Sex" ("We ain't having sex/We're making moments that will outlast the world"). He issues another descriptive quest for intimacy on "Love You Gently" ("How 'bout some foreplay/... Whisper your pleasures gently, then I'll do my job"). "Trading Places" alludes to alcohol, sexual positions and making a partner cry out in ecstasy. Several cuts, such as "Before I Met You," reflect fondly and nonjudgmentally on promiscuous days prior to meeting a forever love.

Summary Advisory

Here I Stand contains a few appeals for fidelity, but Usher fails to see that the libertine sexual habits a man establishes before settling down won't suddenly vanish afterward. He's deluding himself ... and young fans.

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles

Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

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Performance

No. 1 album. "Love in This Club" also topped the charts and has moved 1.5 million digital downloads.

Record Label

LaFace

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On Video

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Reviewer

Bob Waliszewski Bob Smithouser