Back At One
The heart of a lover, and the head of a businessman - that's how [a]Brian McKnight[/a], R&B's latest million-selling superstar, got where he is today....
'Back At One' is testament to the industry's boardroom approach to the crafting of a great pop tune. McKnight claims to have been inspired by R Kelly's 'I Believe I Can Fly' - a song that sacrificed the last vestiges of R&B's sassy charm on the Altar Of The Bland - and it's this lowest-common-denominator approach that finds him skimming the cream off hip-hop, gospel and jazz, and then retaining the unadventurous, uninspiring dregs.
So why is Brian so successful? Well, he's certainly no looker - pictured on the inner sleeve, he's clad in a rather fetching floral dressing gown, proudly displaying his couple-of-cans -short-of-a -six-pack, and looking every part the prize studio geek. But McKnight works on the premise that people are happy to swallow any old crap if they're told precisely what they want to hear. So, reader, you're the only one for him. You've got the keys to his heart. And, uh, d'ya wanna get jiggy?
Mariah Carey wanders in to duet on 'Whenever You Call'. McKnight cranks off another schmaltzy key change. And frankly, if you're feeling remotely love-struck, you should be taken outside and shot.
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