Track Review: Usher, ‘Missin U’
On his fourth single from upcoming album ‘Hard II Love’, “Missin U,” Usher shows he has lost little of his sexy swagger over the years.
After teasing us for years with singles, Usher surprisingly announced his new album, Hard II Love, would arrive September 16, 2016. After releasing singles “Crash,” “Champions,” and “No Limit,” Usher drops “Missin U.”
“Missin U” opens with a spoken word intro, centered around a bad girl – in the most appealing way possible.
“You know it’s in her attitude / the way she walks, nice legs / she’s gotta be beautiful…”
Once it sets up, “Missin U” features a slick, hip-hop infused beat. Overall, the production work is electrifying. While the chords aren’t always the “go to” feature, in this instance, the harmonic progression is a selling point. Exceptional, it’s different from everything else, which is refreshing.
There are other pros in regards to “Missin U.” The soulful styling on the refrain is magnificent. The stark contrast between verse and chorus is epic – sensational by all means. Last but not least, Usher’s vocals are superb. Even as he approaches his 38th birthday in October, his voice is as potent as ever.
“Missin U” is different from the singles that Usher has released from Hard II Love as of yet. The soulful chorus is among many selling points. Superbly produced, it is a great look with the separation between verse and chorus. All in all, a fine musical moment from Usher.
Usher • Hard II Love • RCA • Release: 9.16.16
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