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From There to Here: 1989-2002
     

From There to Here: 1989-2002

4.5 2
by Brian McKnight
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0044006611426
catalogNumber:
066114

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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
Kedar Massenburg   Executive Producer
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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From There to Here: 1989-2002 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago