WHY WE CARE


YOUR STORIES


SUPPORT THE WORK OF PLUGGED IN

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

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 tells a lady that she’s special (“Follow Me,” “Superstar”) and wants to fix a broken romance (“Throwback”). “Simple Things” advises men to spend time on a woman, not just money. The cautionary “Confessions Part II” eavesdrops on an unfaithful cad struggling to tell the girl he loves that his “chick on the side” is pregnant. However ...

Objectionable Content

That track and others are peppered with mild profanities. The hit “Yeah!” (with Ludacris and Lil’ Jon) finds guys on the prowl at a nightclub. There’s talk of getting women naked and wanting “a lady in the street, but a freak in the bed.” Drinking at a bar is just an appetizer before casual sex with a “Bad Girl” (impatient, the singer says, “I wanna take one to the rest room”). Infidelity is the central theme of “Caught Up,” which mentions karma. Explicit sexual metaphors and graphic commentary are central to “Do It to Me” and “That’s What It’s Made For” (the latter ends with a breathless “g--d---”).

Summary Advisory

By selling nearly 1.1 million copies, Confessions set a new first-week record among male R&B singers. A few of its smooth, melodic cuts are worthy of that kind of attention. The rest are indecent. Show Usher the door.

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles

Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews

Credits

Rating

Readability Age Range

Genre

R&B

Author

Cast

Director

Distributor

Network

Performance

Million-selling, number-1 album. “Yeah!” was the top pop single for two months.

Record Label

Arista

Platform

Publisher

Released

On Video

Year Published

Awards

Reviewer

Bob Smithouser

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!