First Impressions: Usher and Adam Levine's Collabo Warms Up The Soul

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


In all honesty. I stopped looking out for Usher's Raymond vs. Raymond testimonial due to the overwrought of leaks that just seemed to burst out of the seams of the information super highway. Usually when songs leak out from a project in that sort of capacity, my natural feeling is that its not going to be a pretty picture. If the releases are messy, so is the album. But I judge too swiftly.

  Amid all the gush of leaks and the lackluster, "Papers", I was still looking forward to his collaboration with Maroon 5's Adam Levine, once it had been announced  that the two were working together on Usher's new project. The song that came out of their time in the studio is the stunning, "I Love You 2".  The track, which is dedicated to his sons, is a breezy acoustic love fest that truly shines a light on the vocal stylings of Ursh, which can sometimes get drowned out by all that production work that usually clogs his songs. In some ways the vibe of the song reminds me slightly of some acoustic heart on sleeve soul that Babyface could have concocted back in the day. It's honest and down right "awww!" worthy. Even though the weather outside may be bleak and is making you shiver in your boots, this lush track almost feels as if you're in the summer sun sipping on some lemonade. Refreshing.

I Love You 2


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