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Brian McKnight
     

Brian McKnight

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by Brian McKnight
 
Brian McKnight's self-titled debut album is a mix of quiet storm and jazz-tinged R&B lite, with a few up-tempo numbers thrown in. The album opens with the New Jack Swing lite of "Yours," and leads into other mid-tempo, early-'90s sounding R&B. Some songs, including "Stay the Night," even incorporate the electric guitar, an instrument which was virtually forgotten in

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Brian McKnight's self-titled debut album is a mix of quiet storm and jazz-tinged R&B lite, with a few up-tempo numbers thrown in. The album opens with the New Jack Swing lite of "Yours," and leads into other mid-tempo, early-'90s sounding R&B. Some songs, including "Stay the Night," even incorporate the electric guitar, an instrument which was virtually forgotten in pop music by the end of the decade. The album produced one major hit, the teary ballad "One Last Cry." Brian McKnight, with his brand of songwriter-driven, piano-man quiet storm, was unique among 1990s male solo singers, and unexpectedly became one of the genre's biggest (and only) stars, with each album building on the previous one's success. For that reason, perhaps, this album is less commercial and more jazz-leaning than his later discs, especially towards the album's second half. Other highlights include his silky cover of the Hall & Oats staple "I Can't Go for That" (which features the album's only rap) and the jazz nugget "Is the Feeling Gone." A great album for a rainy winter afternoon.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/1992
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0042284860529
catalogNumber:
848605

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian McKnight   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Take 6   Background Vocals,Vibes
Vanessa Williams   Background Vocals
B.J. Nelson   Background Vocals
Dave Anderson   Bass Guitar
James Blair   Drums
Cedric Dent   Piano
Clare Fischer   Conductor
Louis Johnson   Bass Guitar
Kipper Jones   Background Vocals
Mark Kibble   Background Vocals
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Claude V. McKnight   Vocals,Background Vocals
Phase 5   Drums,Sampling
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass Guitar
David Porter Thomas   Background Vocals
Wah-Wah Watson   Electric Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kelly O'Neal   Saxophone
Fred McKnight   Guitar
Darryl Tibbs   Percussion
Fred McFarland   Keyboards
Gerry Brown   Background Vocals
Julie McKnight   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brian McKnight   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Brandon Barnes   Producer,drum programming,Dep
Cedric Dent   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Ed Eckstine   Executive Producer
Clare Fischer   String Arrangements
Phase 5   Producer,drum programming
Jeff Poe   Engineer
Reggie Stewart   drum programming
Sheryl Lutz-Brown   Art Direction
Doug Smith   Engineer
Annie Fregar   Engineer
Gerry Brown   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements

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Brian McKnight 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always felt that Brian McKnight's strength is his ability to instill so much feeling in his music. The album has a little bit of everything. His remake of the Hall & Oates song, ''I Can't Go For That'' is fresh and jazzy. However, the most touching and powerful song is easily the sad yet beautiful ''One Last Cry.'' In this moving ballad, McNight beautfully touches the souls of those that have loved and lost as well as those that wish to love. Enjoy the CD, McKnight is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Certainly one of the smoothest men alive, Brian McKnight has done it......... again. Track after track of words that (whether they will admit it or not) EVERY WOMAN ALIVE wants to hear their man say. Peace-R.Blaylock
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow.its been so long but i love this cd to death i listen to it at least once every other week especially the songs iwant to be yours thats the way love goes and one last cry i mean brian mcknight is the kind of album you can play over and over and over again and not be tired of it....i recommend this to everybody
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album. It is one of my favorites. Brian McKnight really knows how to make you feel a song. He is one of my favorite artists. Keep 'em coming Brian.