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From There to Here: 1989-2002

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Call him the musical heir to Luther Vandross and Lionel Richie -- Brian McKnight possesses the former's flawless, trill-running vocal skills and quiet-storm sensibility, and the latter's instrumental dexterity and ear for a classic pop song. Despite his obvious talent, however, McKnight has yet to be showered with the same accolades as those R&B icons, which only adds import to the release of the career summation From There to Here: 1989-2002. The 15-song disc reflects the accomplishments of this underrated singer-songwriter-musician, who's been largely overshadowed by flashier soul men such as R. Kelly. McKnight has, however, received some kudos: Beginning ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Call him the musical heir to Luther Vandross and Lionel Richie -- Brian McKnight possesses the former's flawless, trill-running vocal skills and quiet-storm sensibility, and the latter's instrumental dexterity and ear for a classic pop song. Despite his obvious talent, however, McKnight has yet to be showered with the same accolades as those R&B icons, which only adds import to the release of the career summation From There to Here: 1989-2002. The 15-song disc reflects the accomplishments of this underrated singer-songwriter-musician, who's been largely overshadowed by flashier soul men such as R. Kelly. McKnight has, however, received some kudos: Beginning with his breakthrough slow jam "The Way Love Goes," he crooned his way up the R&B chart with the shimmering "One Last Cry" and the heartfelt "Back at One." The New York singer's timeless sound also opened the door to work for television and film, including Beverly Hills 90210 (the Vanessa Williams duet "Love Is") and the 1994 movie Jason's Lyric (a soulful cover of Van Morrison's "Crazy Love"). Although McKnight primarily makes mood music for grown folks, he also knows how to get his groove on. In 1997, he joined forces with the ever-cool P. Diddy and his protégé Mase for "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)," and this disc's one new track, "The Way I Do," features rappers Mr. Cheeks and Cash Money king Baby. While McKnight may not be the hippest cat in the R&B game, this collection traces a career that's rich in soul, songs, and sweet talk.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Thirteen years is a long time in urban/R&B circles, which leaves the rangy career of Brian McKnight sounding like the work of several different artists when compiled in a package like From There to Here: 1989-2002. Most of his material has the sound of soulful adult contemporary, as on quite a few tracks compiled here: "One Last Cry," "Crazy Love," and "Love Is" the latter featuring Vanessa Williams. McKnight also proved amenable to adding hip-hop beats and contemporary productions comparatively early in his career, and the collection follows this angle as well. The song selections are quite good, ably showing McKnight's technically perfect and artistically pleasing voice to good effect. What makes this a better compilation than ones on most other artists is the fact that Brian McKnight albums tended to have far too much filler to justify getting into the records on their own. One quibble, though: this would've been the perfect disc to anthologize his popular version of the Christmas chestnut "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 044006611426
  • Catalog Number: 066114
  • Sales rank: 57,065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let Me Love You (3:47)
  2. 2 The Way Love Goes (4:37)
  3. 3 One Last Cry (4:55)
  4. 4 Love Is (4:27)
  5. 5 Crazy Love (4:03)
  6. 6 On the Down Low (3:26)
  7. 7 Still in Love (3:57)
  8. 8 Anytime (4:09)
  9. 9 The Only One for Me (3:32)
  10. 10 You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time) - Mase (4:14)
  11. 11 Back at One (4:23)
  12. 12 6-8-12 (4:04)
  13. 13 Love of My Life (4:45)
  14. 14 Home (4:21)
  15. 15 The Way I Do - Cheeks & Baby (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian McKnight Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Vanessa Williams Background Vocals
Bill Meyers Conductor
David T. Walker Guitar
Brandon Barnes Drums
Clare Fischer Conductor
Louis Johnson Bass
Will Lee Bass
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Nick Moroch Guitar
Wah-Wah Watson Electric Guitar
John Willis Acoustic Guitar
Carol Steele Percussion
Kelly Price Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Meyers String Arrangements
Brian McKnight Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Brandon Barnes Composer, Producer
Andy Cardenas Engineer
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer
Ed Eckstine Executive Producer
Clare Fischer String Arrangements
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Kedar Massenburg Executive Producer
Jimi Randolph Digital Editing
Gary Tole Engineer
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Mario Winans Contributor
David Nathan Liner Notes
Pierre Smith Engineer
Greg Ross Art Direction
Ivy Skoff Orchestra Production
Stevie J. Producer
Kelly Price Vocal Arrangements
Anthony Nance drum programming
Joe Pererra Engineer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Producer, Engineer
Wayne Allison Engineer
Caleb Shreve Engineer
Chris Wood Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brian McKnight is a genius

    This album is the bomb.The tunes really touched me there is so much depth,emotion and love in these ballads.I don't know anyone in there right mind who wouldn't buy this album.I have heard some great albums in the past years from different artists but this one smacks it.I know most of the songs are old and are great,but to have them all in one album that's just phenominal.Brian McKnight is a genius and I know his music is going to continue for centuries to come.If I went out in the streets and people didn't know about this album I would personally buy them the album because it's a MUST HAVE album.I can't go a night without listening to this album it just touches me in my MIND,BODY and SOUL. I just want to thank Brian McKnight from the bottom of my heart for giving me inspiration and happiness just from listeneing to your voice on this album.

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