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Superhero [Brian McKnight]
2. When You Wanna Come
3. What's It Gonna Be
4. My Kind of Girl
5. Love of My Life
6. Whatever You Want
8. Get Over You
11. Don't Know Where to Start
12. Biggest Part of Me
13. When Will I See You Again
14. For You
15. Groovin' Tonight - (bonus track, featuring St. Lunatics)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 014 743
Personnel includes: Brian McKnight (vocals, various instruments); Justin Timberlake, Nate Dogg, Fred Hammond, Pamela Dillard (vocals); Steve Eigner, Brion James (guitar); Bill Meyers (piano); Antonio Dixon (keyboards, synthesizer); Prescott Ellison (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Anthony Nance (programming).
The St. Lunatics: Ali, Nelly, City Spud.
Producers include: Brian McKnight, Brandon Barnes, Battlecat, Anthony Nance.
"Still" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. "My Kind Of Girl" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals. "Love Of My Life" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Awards for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song.
Super-smooth R&B star Brian McKnight made a major name for himself throughout the '90s by purveying a singular, immediately recognizable brand of romantic R&B. While he hasn't jumped stylistic ship per se on SUPERHERO, McKnight has taken the opportunity afforded by fame and autonomy to stretch out a bit in whatever sonic direction happens to suit him. For instance, the opening cut is an all-instrumental orchestral interlude that sounds more like the introduction to a Steven Spielberg movie than to an R&B album. The title cut stands out not only for its quirky lyrics (which go so far as to detail the familial lineage of Superman), but for its hard rock guitar hooks, which betray a hitherto-unheard branch of McKnight's musical interests. Despite these forays beyond the usual fare, however, longtime fans will be heartened to know that there are plenty of slow, romantic sizzlers on SUPERHERO, and that McKnight's soulful falsetto can still light a fire as unfailingly as on his previous recordings.
Rolling Stone (10/11/01, pp.92,94) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Fairly generic neosoul, but his breathy upper range brings a vulnerability to his polished melismas....The singer's priorities - 1) Tonight's the night, and 2) We'll take it nice and slow - remain inarguable."
Entertainment Weekly (9/7/01, p.164) - "...An ambitious CD of mid-tempo hip-hop, rock, and gospel grooves..." - Rating: B
Vibe (10/01, p.154) - 3.5 discs out of 5 - "...A confident step to the left of R&B's center - at once hip and risky....Being successful is one thing; now he's starting to get interesting."
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