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|Released||December 5, 2006|
|Brian McKnight chronology|
|Singles from Ten|
Ten is the ninth studio album by American singer Brian McKnight. It was released on December 5, 2006 on Warner Bros. Records. His first and only for the label, it serves his first album after seventeen years with Mercury and Motown Records following the release of his studio album Gemini (2005). The album features the only guest appearance from Rascal Flatts. Upon its release the album received mixed reviews from music critics, who praised the vocals but misled production. The album debuted at number thirty-two on the US Billboard 200, selling about 63,000 copies in its first week. The first single, "Find Myself In You" (which originally appeared on the soundtrack to the 2006 Tyler Perry film Madea's Family Reunion), The second single was "Used to Be My Girl" and was followed up in 2007 by "What's My Name".
McKnight is said to be experimenting with country-style music on the album. Rhapsody had a week-long (Nov. 27- Dec 1) preview of the entire album for free, the final album leaked two days later.
Mark Edward Nero from About.com found that McKnight's decision to leave Motown Records "has proven to be a good one for McKnight who sounds completely rejuvenated on his tenth album, appropriately titled Ten. Not only is Ten an all-around better album than his last Motown release, 2005's Gemini, it arguably ranks among his best three or four albums ever." In his review for Allmusic, Andy Kellman remarked that "just about the smartest thing Brian McKnight could do in 2006 is collaborate with Tim & Bob, a veteran do-it-all studio duo who have quietly contributed to many of the best and/or most successful R&B tracks [...] With 2005's Gemini and this release – two of his finest albums – McKnight is on something of a roll."
Billboard magazine wrote: "Now an elder statesman in the R&B and pop arenas, McKnight offers another mood-setting mix of midtempo cuts and ballads." Margeaux Watson from Entertainment Weekly gave the album a C+ rating felt that "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." SoulTracks's Detrel Howell wrote that "Ten will more than likely shine for Brian McKnight's diehard fans who support his music without fail; for me, it wasn't chock full of all that I'd hoped for after hearing "Find Myself in You," but it won't be banished to the archives just yet."
|1.||"Used to Be My Girl"||Tim & Bob||4:12|
|3.||"Find Myself in You"||McKnight||McKnight||4:13|
|4.||"What's My Name"||McKnight||McKnight||4:50|
|5.||"Unhappy Without You"||Tim & Bob||4:07|
|6.||"A Little Too Late"||McKnight||McKnight||4:53|
|7.||"Holdin' On (Missin' You)"||McKnight||McKnight||4:39|
|8.||"Shoulda Been Lovin' You"||McKnight||McKnight||5:04|
|10.||"More and More"||McKnight||McKnight||3:24|
|11.||"Can't Leave You Alone"||McKnight||4:08|
|13.||"Rest of My Life"||McKnight||McKnight||4:42|
|14.||"Red, White, Blue" (with Rascal Flatts)||McKnight||McKnight||4:47|
|15.||"Don't Take Your Love Away"||McKnight||McKnight||4:02|
|US Billboard 200||32|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||4|