Ten

Ten

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by Brian McKnight
     
 

On his first album for Warner Bros., Brian McKnight emphasizes the same alpha male nuances that peppered his last release, 2005's Gemini. While McKnight hasn't quite reemerged as an R. Kelly clone, these songs boast a distinctive swagger and attitude that's most notable on his collaborations with hit-making songwriter and production teamSee more details below

Overview

On his first album for Warner Bros., Brian McKnight emphasizes the same alpha male nuances that peppered his last release, 2005's Gemini. While McKnight hasn't quite reemerged as an R. Kelly clone, these songs boast a distinctive swagger and attitude that's most notable on his collaborations with hit-making songwriter and production team Tim & Bob, who help give the disc a needed contemporary edge. Amid the Middle Eastern-flavored percussion and strings on the opening cut, "Used to Be My Girl," McKnight talks smack to his ex's current beau. Elsewhere, the trio deliver "Unhappy Without You," a scorched-earth response to a broken relationship, presented over a bed of thumping beats and darting strings. McKnight's lover man image is further bolstered by the between-the-sheets come-ons sprinkled over the synth washes and layered harmonies that dot the Marvin Gaye-reminiscent "Comfortable," though he easily slips back into a sentimental mood on the heart-on-sleeve slow jam "I Do." Even so, McKnight -- who wrote most of the songs on Ten -- flaunts his skills on the patriotic "Red White and Blue," dedicated to the troops overseas and sung with country act Rascal Flatts. McKnight proves with Ten that he's only getting better with time.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Just about the smartest thing Brian McKnight could do in 2006 is collaborate with Tim & Bob, a veteran do-it-all studio duo who have quietly contributed to many of the best and/or most successful R&B tracks -- including Boyz II Men's "Vibin," Sisqó's "Thong Song," and Bobby Valentino's "Slow Down" -- of the past 12 years. McKnight does exactly that on Ten, an album that features four Tim & Bob collaborations. Two of the songs rank as high as anything from McKnight's past: "Used to Be My Girl" and "Unhappy Without You," despite reading like bitter pre- and post-breakup laments, carry the nuanced bounce and swagger that held up Valentino's first album, and McKnight is as impassioned as ever. In the hands of most other male vocalists, the lyrics would probably sound like embittered rants from an insufferable jerk. It's spry grown folks' R&B. Apart from these tracks, as well as one collaboration with Brian Cox, McKnight handles all the writing and production. From this portion of the album, "Shoulda Been Lovin' You" is the standout, an elegant throwback to Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" where seduction is swapped out for regret and self-flagellation, both of which come off as real talk rather than pitiful wallowing. With 2005's Gemini and this release -- two of his finest albums -- McKnight is on something of a roll.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2006
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624446828
catalogNumber:
44468
Rank:
146768

Tracks

  1. Used to Be My Girl  - Brian McKnight
  2. Comfortable  - Brian McKnight
  3. Find Myself in You  - Brian McKnight
  4. What's My Name  - Brian McKnight
  5. Unhappy Without You  - Brian McKnight
  6. A Little Too Late  - Brian McKnight
  7. Holdin' On (Missin' You)  - Brian McKnight
  8. Shoulda Been Lovin' You  - Brian McKnight
  9. Again  - Brian McKnight
  10. More and More  - Brian McKnight
  11. Can't Leave You Alone  - Brian McKnight
  12. I Do  - Brian McKnight
  13. The Rest of My Life  - Brian McKnight
  14. Red White and Blue  -  Rascal Flatts
  15. Don't Take Your Love Away  - Brian McKnight

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian McKnight   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Musician
Jay DeMarcus   Bass,Piano
Jim Riley   Drums
Rascal Flatts   Vocals
Joe Don Rooney   Electric Guitar
Prescott Ellison   Drums

Technical Credits

Bill Meyers   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Brian McKnight   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Greg Ross   Art Direction
Mark Hagan   Engineer
B.J. Robinson   Composer
Rascal Flatts   Producer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Producer,Audio Production
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Aaron Walk   Engineer
Sam Thomas   Engineer
Sean Neff   Engineer
Kendrick Dean   Producer
James Matchack   Loop Programming
Tim & Bob   Audio Production
Chris Wood   Engineer,Vocal Engineer

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