Just Me

Just Me

by Brian McKnightBrian McKnight


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On Just Me, Brian McKnight works almost exclusively with his sons, Brian Jr. and Nico, and comes up with an album that is part experiment, part return to form. The results are mixed. One of the surprises comes with "Fall 5.0," a classic heart-struck McKnight song if not for some use of Auto-Tune, which trivializes the sentiment. "Husband 2.0" is a conflicted, teeth-gritted rocker. Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" gets a bleary acoustic jazz overhaul. The closing "Just Me," a naked piano ballad, features some of McKnight's most frank lyrics: "Life can be shit/I wouldn't change one day of it." Two of the disc's better songs, where McKnight sounds most natural, come across as thinly veiled tributes; "Temptation" owes so much to Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" that it might as well be titled "You Want Me (The Wrong Way)," while "Without You" is clearly inspired by '70s Stevie Wonder. Longtime fans not open to the new developments should be more satisfied with the second disc, an intimate and biographical live set that is twice as long as the studio album. Alone with his acoustic guitar or piano, McKnight runs through many of his hits and throws in some covers, including a patch that incorporates Nat King Cole, Stevie, and Michael Jackson.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2011
Label: Ent. One Music
UPC: 0099923516224
catalogNumber: 5162
Rank: 113042

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian McKnight   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes,Soloist
Jim Nasium   Drums
McKnight Vox Machine   Vocals
Leff Hand Johnson   Bass
Danny Diamond   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Dean Martin   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Composer
Anita Baker   Composer
Natalie Cole   Composer
George Michael   Composer
Andrew Ridgeley   Composer
Quincy Jones   Producer
Brian McKnight   Composer,Programming,Executive Producer
Bill Conti   Composer,Producer
Van Morrison   Composer
Rod Temperton   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer,Producer
Ayn Robbins   Composer
Carol Connors   Composer
Dee "Pitboss" Sonaram   Promoter
Giovanna Melchiorre   Publicity
Brian McKnight   Composer,Programming,drum programming
Courtney Lowery   Publicity
Niko McKnight   Programming,drum programming

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