Usher’s third album is a solid mix of ballads and up-tempo dance numbers. “U Remind Me” is basically a more dance-friendly version of “U Make Me Wanna” wherein one girl makes Usher think of another girl. “U Got it Bad” is a phenomenal ballad and when he says, “Look at your mate, help me sing my song/Tell her, ‘I’m your man, you’re my girl/I’m gonna tell it to the whole wide world’/Ladies say, ‘I’m your girl, you’re my man/Promise to love you the best I can,’” it’s impossible to not sing along. The one song that I think was overlooked on this album for some reason though was “Can U Help Me.” The Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced ballad has beautiful music and displays Usher’s range as a vocalist. Emotionally and technically, it is my favorite record on 8701.