Ten

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624446828
  • Catalog Number: 44468
  • Sales rank: 131,430

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Used to Be My Girl (4:12)
  2. 2 Comfortable (3:36)
  3. 3 Find Myself in You (4:13)
  4. 4 What's My Name (4:50)
  5. 5 Unhappy Without You (4:07)
  6. 6 A Little Too Late (4:53)
  7. 7 Holdin' On (Missin' You) (4:39)
  8. 8 Shoulda Been Lovin' You (5:04)
  9. 9 Again (4:37)
  10. 10 More and More (3:24)
  11. 11 Can't Leave You Alone (4:20)
  12. 12 I Do (4:00)
  13. 13 The Rest of My Life (4:42)
  14. 14 Red White and Blue - Rascal Flatts (4:47)
  15. 15 Don't Take Your Love Away (4:02)
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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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