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.
Performance CreditsBrian McKnight Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Bill Meyers Conductor
Musique Background Vocals
David Delhomme Keyboards
Tyrone Chase Guitar
Prescott Ellison Drums
Chris Loftin Bass,Bass Guitar
Donald Curry Keyboards
Tyron Chase Guitar
Davy Nathan Organ
Technical CreditsBill 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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gemini based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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!
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!!!!
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.
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!
One of His Best...
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!
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.