More Than Words

More Than Words

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by Brian McKnight
     
 

McKnight's first album since 2011, More Than Words is filled with references to late-'70s and early-'80s R&B and soft rock. They're unmistakable from the beginning, with the opening "Don't Stop" driven by a chunky Slave-like bassline, while the following "Letsomebodyluvu" sports McKnight's Michael McDonald-style background vocal. "Get U 2 Stay" is obvious inSee more details below

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McKnight's first album since 2011, More Than Words is filled with references to late-'70s and early-'80s R&B and soft rock. They're unmistakable from the beginning, with the opening "Don't Stop" driven by a chunky Slave-like bassline, while the following "Letsomebodyluvu" sports McKnight's Michael McDonald-style background vocal. "Get U 2 Stay" is obvious in its indebtedness to Aja/Gaucho-era Steely Dan, languid and sweet with unmistakably Donald Fagen-like melodies and a quote from "Hey Nineteen." McKnight adds a slightly nutty lyrical touch, mentioning designer footwear and "stretchy pants," and noting that he plays in a band and is "a golf ball hittin' machine." "She Doesn't Know" could have been written with Ray Parker Jr.'s cleverly simple storytelling style in mind. A fair portion of the album, such as "More Than Words," "Nothing But a Thang," and "Livewithoutyou," is more in line with McKnight's own refined style of adult contemporary R&B. Single "4th of July" also fits the bill, though its surprising bass croaks resemble the distorted sample of Locksmith's "Far Beyond" heard in Basement Jaxx's "Red Alert." This is McKnight's most enjoyable album since 2006's Ten. It would be his weirdest release even if it didn't feature him swapping lead vocals with sons Brian Jr. and Niko on songs titled "Ididntreallymeantoturnuout" and "The Front the Back the Side."

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2013
Label:
Ent. One Music
UPC:
0099923247524
catalogNumber:
2475
Rank:
81086

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Tracks

  1. Don't Stop  - Brian McKnight
  2. Letsomebodyluvu  - Brian McKnight
  3. 4th of July  - Brian McKnight
  4. Sweeter  - Brian McKnight
  5. She Doesn't Know  - Brian McKnight
  6. More Than Words  - Brian McKnight
  7. Nothing But a Thang  - Brian McKnight
  8. Livewithoutyou  - Brian McKnight
  9. Made For Love  - Brian McKnight
  10. Get U 2 Stay  - Brian McKnight
  11. Slow  - Brian McKnight
  12. Another  - Brian McKnight
  13. Trying Not To Fall Asleep  - Brian McKnight
  14. Ididntreallymeantoturnuout  - Brian McKnight
  15. The Front the Back the Side  - Niko McKnight

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian McKnight   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Eric Brice   Guitar
Tyrone Chase   Guitar
Prescott Ellison   Drums
Chris Loftlin   Bass
Brian McKnight   Keyboards
Niko McKnight   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Maurice White   Promoter
Brian McKnight   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Executive Producer
Arnold Mischkulnig   Mastering
Hanif Sumner   Publicity
Colbie Caillat   Composer
Chris Herche   Marketing
Giovanna Melchiorre   Publicity
Brian McKnight   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Chris Wood   Engineer
Victor Morante   Producer
Niko McKnight   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Dontay Thompson   Promoter
Danielle Harwood   Producer
Brendan Laezza   Marketing
John McDonald   Producer

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