Ok I know that alot of people are mad at Usher right now because of the state of his music. I can honestly say that I think there are some issues with the direction of his music. He seems to be headed for the techno/pop sound that his protege Justin Beiber has going right now (and who by the way, is getting really famous from). However, I dont think Raymond v Raymond is that bad. I actually dont mind that I brought the album, whereas if I had brought Here I Stand I would have been upset. The reason is because there are quite a few songs on this cd that I actually like.
Monstar, Hey Daddy, There Goes My Baby, OMG (guilty pleasure :), Mars vs Venus, Pro Lover, Okay, and Making Love (Into The Night) make this CD worth buying for me. I can listen to those songs repeatedly and not get tired of them. They are in my opinion the best songs on the CD. That being said, yes, there are some questionable songs here, and yes it is not as good as the Confessions CD. I think that Confessions was to Usher what Thriller was to MJ. I seriously doubt he can make another Confessions. But I can accept this CD as it is because he did have some really good songs that I like. I guess the same goes for others: everything depends on how you view the songs, some will like them and others wont. For that reason, I am giving the CD 4 stars: not the best, but its still good. I would say give it a chance. It is a good CD.