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Brian McKnight found a good pattern for his releases after 1997's Anytime, which featured the breakout hip-hop crossover "You Should Be Mine Don't Waste Your Time." After that, he usually made concessions to changing trends in R&B since a few changeups are good for any artist, but dedicated most of his records to the type of smooth jams he loves to sing and his fans love to hear. U Turn isn't the change of direction hinted at in the title; in fact, it's very close to format, with a pair of rap features for Nelly and Fabolous but plenty of space for McKnight's earnest, heartfelt crooning. Over half the album was not only written by McKnight but performed and produced by ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Brian McKnight found a good pattern for his releases after 1997's Anytime, which featured the breakout hip-hop crossover "You Should Be Mine Don't Waste Your Time." After that, he usually made concessions to changing trends in R&B since a few changeups are good for any artist, but dedicated most of his records to the type of smooth jams he loves to sing and his fans love to hear. U Turn isn't the change of direction hinted at in the title; in fact, it's very close to format, with a pair of rap features for Nelly and Fabolous but plenty of space for McKnight's earnest, heartfelt crooning. Over half the album was not only written by McKnight but performed and produced by him as well, and although his writing is among the best in R&B, the backing tracks are bland meldings of piano, synthesized strings, and canned beats. No surprise then, that the best tracks here are the ones where he can focus on his voice, like the classic regret ballad "Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda," the backing left in the capable hands of veterans Damon Thomas and Harvey Mason Jr. The rap crossovers are solid, more than just pairings with commercial successes; loved-up rappers like Nelly and Fabolous work well rhyming over McKnight, and the Rockwilder production on the title track is a good match with an R&B singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 044006731520
  • Catalog Number: 067315

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All Night Long - Nelly (4:15)
  2. 2 Back Seat (Gettin' Down) (4:30)
  3. 3 Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda (4:01)
  4. 4 Try Our Love Again (3:58)
  5. 5 Where Do We Go from Here (4:21)
  6. 6 Been So Long (3:34)
  7. 7 Good Enough - Tank (4:29)
  8. 8 Someday, Someway, Somehow (4:43)
  9. 9 For the Rest of My Life (3:34)
  10. 10 If It Was Cool (5:54)
  11. 11 U Turn - Six John (4:31)
  12. 12 So Sorry (4:33)
  13. 13 One of the One's Who Did - Kirk Franklin (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian McKnight Primary Artist, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Alex Al Upright Bass
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Alvin Chea Vocals
Kenneth Crouch Keyboards
Nathan East Bass
Kirk Franklin Vocals
Nunzio Signore Guitar
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Tony Dixon Keyboards
Silo Voices
Nelly Rap
Bruce Flowers Keyboards
Fabolous Rap
Vanessa Marquez Vocals
Chris Loftlin Bass
Technical Credits
Bill Meyers String Arrangements, String Conductor
Brian McKnight Producer
Bruce Carbone Producer
Kedar Massenburg Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
Damon Thomas Producer
Greg Ross Art Direction
Sandy Brummels Art Direction
Yaron Fuchs Engineer
Harvey Mason Jr. Producer
Mike Koch Engineer
Patrick Viala Vocal Engineer
Joint Custody Producer
Javier Carrion Engineer
Eric Weissman Sample Clearance
Nikki Holliwood Composer, Engineer
Chris Wood Vocal Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    #1 ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is CD is one of the best CD's this year. Brian Mcknight did it again. I listened to this CD all day and night long...I recommend that you get this CD. It's pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mr McKnight Is Definitely The Best!!!

    I am a big fan of Brian Mcknight, I have all of his records and U TURN is by far his best. He keeps getting better and better and that can't be denied. He writes,produces etc and that is the mark of one that is extremely talented. The interlude, {among others} I Don't Know Yet takes me back to the headline Mr McKnight is Definitely the best!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brian's Best!

    This album is definitely the best album yet for Brian Mcknight. You can feel his emotions in many of the songs. Many of the lyrics of the songs are lyrics that any of us can relate to from past relationships. The mellow “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” is a slow jam with very poignant lyrics. But not all the songs on the album are slow… “All Night Long” with Nelly has an amazing beat that just makes you wanna get up and dance. The title track features Fabolous and also has a great beat. Brian continues his amazing guest lineup on “Good Enough” with Joe, Carl Thomas, Tyrese and Tank. Another amazing song sung by 5 amazing R&B singers. If you’re a fan of any of Brian McKnight’s stuff, you’ll LOVE this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brian does it again!!!!

    Every song on this CD is phenominal!!!! His best yet!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brian McKnight ' s U Turn CD is awesome...buy it !

    Brian Mcknight's music touches the deepest part of your soul.It sends shivers through your body.Songs like "Try our love again" are so deep.Also I love his ability to change his musical style by enlisting rappers like Nelly and Fabolous for the more up beat songs.Brian has one of the best voices in the music industry.Buy this album, you won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    U-Turn is better than the last CD

    The CD is great.U-Turn, even though a calssic McKnight album, is wonderful, smooth, catures you with his soulful lyrics and key instrumental use. My favorites are shoulda, woulda, coulda, Been so long, where do we go from here. Brian McKnight even shows another side of himself with the jazz interlude right after track 10. I wish I would have heard more though. He sounded very good. As constructive critism, I do think Brian should stick to the music that makes babies, the popular hip-hop is not really him.

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