Ten

Ten

by Brian McKnight

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/05/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 0093624446828
catalogNumber: 4446828
Rank: 70767

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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