Usher has come back strong after a bit of a hiatus. We hadn’t heard anything from the R&B/pop veteran since last year’s “Chains” until yesterday when he dropped the Young Thug-assisted “No Limit.” He wastes no time following up with “Crash.” It seems like there’s an album in the works though there’s been no official announcement, and if these three singles were to end up on a new collection of songs, it’s shaping up to be wonderfully varied. “Chains” was Usher’s powerful entry into the Black Lives Matter conversation. “No Limit” is a flaunting, fun jaunt. “Crash” is a return to the sentiments of one of his biggest hits, “Burn.”
He finds himself struggling to let go of an ex, just wanting to hold on so he doesn’t lose his faith that relationships can work. It’s a place many of us have been before, but most of us don’t have the silky falsetto to express it like he does. Pumping drums and balancing layers of deep, airy synth grooves help to evoke just how difficult it can be to let go of someone you love. Listen.