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10 Brian McKnight's slick sound is favored by the urban adult-contemporary set, and it's unlikely he'll win any new (read: young) fans with his 10th ...10Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B Brian McKnight's slick sound is favored by the urban adult-contemporary set, and it's unlikely he'll win any new (read: young) fans with his 10th ...2006-12-01
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Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B; Lead Performers: LL Cool J, Brian McKnight; Producer (group): Def Jam, Warner Bros.

Brian McKnight’s slick sound is favored by the urban adult-contemporary set, and it’s unlikely he’ll win any new (read: young) fans with his 10th album. Mostly produced by the singer-songwriter himself, Ten is a merrily generic batch of R&B grooves and slow jams. From the hip-hop-flavored ”Unhappy Without You” to the percussion-laden ”Can’t Leave You Alone,” love and relationships remain the central theme of his lyrics. The only surprise is Rascal Flatts’ random cameo on a limp ballad called ”Red, White, and Blue.”