10 (Brian McKnight album)

Ten
Brian McKnight - Ten (Brian McKnight album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 5, 2006 (2006-12-05)
GenreR&B[1]
Length64:37
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer
Brian McKnight chronology
Gemini
(2005)
Ten
(2006)
I'll Be Home for Christmas
(2008)
Singles from Ten
  1. "Find Myself in You"
    Released: April 2006
  2. "Used to Be My Girl"
    Released: August 2006
  3. "What's My Name"
    Released: February 2007

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.[2] 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".

Background[]

McKnight is said to be experimenting with country-style music on the album.[3] Rhapsody had a week-long (Nov. 27- Dec 1) preview of the entire album for free, the final album leaked two days later.

Critical reception[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4/5 stars[4]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Billboardmixed[5]
Entertainment Weekly6/10 stars[6]
SoulTracksmixed[7]

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."[4] 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."[1]

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."[5] 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."[6] 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."[7]

Track listing[]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Used to Be My Girl"Tim & Bob4:12
2."Comfortable"3:36
3."Find Myself in You"McKnightMcKnight4:13
4."What's My Name"McKnightMcKnight4:50
5."Unhappy Without You"
  • Kelley
  • Robinson
  • McKnight
Tim & Bob4:07
6."A Little Too Late"McKnightMcKnight4:53
7."Holdin' On (Missin' You)"McKnightMcKnight4:39
8."Shoulda Been Lovin' You"McKnightMcKnight5:04
9."Again"
  • Kelley
  • McKnight
  • Robinson
McKnight4:37
10."More and More"McKnightMcKnight3:24
11."Can't Leave You Alone"
  • Kelley
  • McKnight
  • Robinson
McKnight4:08
12."I Do"McKnightMcKnight4:00
13."Rest of My Life"McKnightMcKnight4:42
14."Red, White, Blue" (with Rascal Flatts)McKnightMcKnight4:47
15."Don't Take Your Love Away"McKnightMcKnight4:02

Charts[]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[8] 32
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 4

References[]

  1. ^ a b c Ten at AllMusic. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  2. ^ Katie Hasty, "Ciara, Eminem, Stefani Overtake The Billboard 200", Billboard.com, December 13, 2006.
  3. ^ Brian McKnight Teams With Country Act on First Warner Bros. Release, Omarion Explores 21 On New Album Archived 2006-10-19 at the Wayback Machine at Vibe.com
  4. ^ a b "Review: Brian McKnight's Ten". About.com. October 17, 2009. Archived from the original on March 21, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Billboard CD reviews: Lyle Lovett, Brian McKnight". People. October 17, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Watson, Margeaux (December 1, 2006). "Brian McKnight: Gemini". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Howell, Detrel. "Brian McKnight - 10". SoulTracks. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  8. ^ "Brian McKnight Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Brian McKnight Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 8, 2020.