97 Words: “GLU” by Usher

Jordan Listenbee
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

In his latest single, “GLU,” the growth of Usher’s vocal delivery and overall lyrical content when compared to his 90s discography is apparent. With Lil Jon serving as producer, this Prince-inspired slow jam puts Usher’s signature falsetto on full display. While the song may not have the same hit potential as his more commercial classics, it is a welcome addition to Usher’s expansive catalog. If 1998’s “Nice & Slow” was the amuse-bouche, “GLU” is its NSFW entrée. Preference aside, both show that the man’s words ring true: “You either evolve or dissolve.” Legendary behavior, if you ask me.

Watch the “GLU” live video, stream it here, or grab some Usher vinyl.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here.

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