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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
On Gemini, R&B lover man Brian McKnight lives up to his star sign and displays a split musical personality, alternating between diehard romantic and sly Lothario. The disc finds the recently divorced crooner still in a sentimental mood. And with lyrical sweet nothings sprinkled throughout the falsetto harmonies of "Here with You" and lush orchestration defining the slow-motion jam "Everytime You Go Away" not a cover of the Hall & Oates classic, it's clear that McKnight still knows how to make women swoon. Yet he unleashes his inner canine on several tracks, including "What We Do Here," where he propositions a groupie for a dressing room quickie, and the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
On Gemini, R&B lover man Brian McKnight lives up to his star sign and displays a split musical personality, alternating between diehard romantic and sly Lothario. The disc finds the recently divorced crooner still in a sentimental mood. And with lyrical sweet nothings sprinkled throughout the falsetto harmonies of "Here with You" and lush orchestration defining the slow-motion jam "Everytime You Go Away" not a cover of the Hall & Oates classic, it's clear that McKnight still knows how to make women swoon. Yet he unleashes his inner canine on several tracks, including "What We Do Here," where he propositions a groupie for a dressing room quickie, and the self-explanatory thumper "Grown Man Business." In keeping with 2003's U Turn, which featured street-credible cameos by Nelly and Fabolous, McKnight recruits roots rapper Talib Kweli and neo-soul singer Musiq for "She," a jam with swirling keyboards and dreamy harmonies that recalls early-'70s Marvin Gaye. Equally notable are appearances by New Orleans rappers Juvenile and Skip, along with new jack singer Akon on the hip-hop-flavored "Watcha Gonna Do?" Obviously, McKnight is trying hard to connect with a younger audience and prove he's a player, but he's still one of the greatest balladeers around. When he yields to his softer side, Gemini is a satisfying listen.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
How do you approach an album that's lush and elegant on one hand and lyrically nasty on the other? Bring your lover and your playful side because Gemini is an aptly named loose and free bedroom winner from Brian McKnight. The cool crooner has had little trouble going platinum in the past, but his albums have also been a bit too patchy, too concerned with being contemporary, and too clogged with guest stars to let McKnight's overabundance of talent really stretch its legs. Rappers Juvenile, Skip, and Akon liven up the slick and sneaky "Watcha Gonna Do?," while Talib Kweli's short appearance on "She" doesn't feel tacked on at all. That's where the concessions to music of the moment stop, and while they're not at all unnecessary, the album really succeeds when McKnight wears all his singer, composer, musician, and producer hats at once and brews up something between Prince's self-titled release and a Sweetback album. Sprinkle in some up to date innuendo and you've got a more soulful, mature alternative to R. Kelly, but what could have been a perfect collection of music for grown folks is dragged down by a couple tracks of filler. "Stay" wanders just a shade too much and "Your Song" is too crowded with clich├ęs to deserve such a jazzy delivery, but there's still enough of an album left to consider this one of McKnight's best. Equally catchy and effortless, "What We Do Here" will be listed on the sticker of McKnight's next best-of, while heartstring-pullin' ballad "Everytime You Go Away" brings to mind Back at One's best tracks. The "lose that loser and get in bed with me" slow funker "Grown Man Business" and "Here With You" "I reach around and grab a little booty/And it feels so goooood" represent the swaggering but no less sincere side of the album, a great yin to the precious and sweet yang found elsewhere. There are hints of the jazz album McKnight plans to do next, nice hints that it'll be as pleasing as it is polished. Minus a couple wanderers, Gemini is just like that. Glossy but deep R&B with an extra helping of confidence, cool swagger, and expensive satin sheets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602498635711
  • Catalog Number: 000331702

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stay With Him (Intro) (2:26)
  2. 2 What We Do Here (3:41)
  3. 3 Everytime You Go Away (4:42)
  4. 4 Grown Man Business (3:35)
  5. 5 Evertything I Do (6:39)
  6. 6 Here With You (4:23)
  7. 7 All Over Now (3:31)
  8. 8 She - Talib Kweli (3:43)
  9. 9 Stay (3:57)
  10. 10 Come Back (4:11)
  11. 11 Watcha Gonna Do? - Akon (4:08)
  12. 12 Your Song (3:35)
  13. 13 Me & You (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian McKnight Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Bill Meyers Conductor
Musique Background Vocals
Juvenile Rap
David Nathan Organ
David Delhomme Keyboards
Tyrone Chase Guitar
Prescott Ellison Drums
Chris Loftin Bass, Bass Guitar
Donald Curry Keyboards
Tyron Chase Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Meyers String Arrangements
Chris Woods Engineer
Brian McKnight Composer, Producer, Audio Production
D.R. Curry Memorial Choir Composer
S. Barnes Composer
Bruce Carbone Executive Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
Ryan Toby Musical Backing
Greg Ross Art Direction
S. Santos Ruiz Composer
Mike City Audio Production
Anthony Nance Audio Production
T. Gray Composer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Nikki Holliwood Engineer
James Porter Engineer
Sandy "Sanman" Ruiz Producer
Frank "Mumbles" Sullen Engineer
Donald Curry Programming, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of His Best...

    One of His Best...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grown Folk Music

    Even a deaf person can feel this album. The rhythm and beats are awesome. A true kick back, kiss and caress with your mate album. This is some serious "GROWN FOLKS MUSIC"! L Luv You Brian!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Disappointing

    I am a huge fan of Brian McKnight and I purchased this CD to add to my collection. I was very disappointed with this CD. The songs are so unlike any of his other CD's, I hope this is not the direction that he will be taking for future albums, or he might lose a huge fan! I am just glad that I ordered it with a gift card, and didn't spend my money on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gemini

    Brian McKnight is an amazing musician!!! He is unbelievable because of the way that he evoloves and changes his sound. The man has been snubbed by the Grammy's for far too long....It's time we gave a grammy to a real musician. He deserves it. This album is by far his best yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely a dud!!!

    I'm a huge Brian McKnight fan, but I think this is his worst album by far. The songs are pretty lackluster. It's like he's trying too hard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best album ever

    I got the album the day it came out and I haven't stopped listening to it everyday and recommending it to everyone I know! This album is a little less romantic and a little more sensual, mature, and real. I have enjoyed all of Mr. McKnight's albums, yet this one is #1 in my book. Keep up the good work and can't wait for him to come out on tour!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gemini

    I just got the new album. Brian McKnight is my favorite artist of all time....He is by far the most creative R&B singer/songwriter out there. He is a real musician in the sense that he evoloves and writes what he wants to write no matter what the "music experts" may think. This is a true work of art by an inspired artist!

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