Better [CD]

  • Artist: Brian McKnight
  • SKU: 4895502
  • Release Date: 02/26/2016
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95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19 out of 20)

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Mcknight is Capable of Better

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    DDunnDatBoi
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    Sounds like Brian's finally snapping out of that 20-year commercial "haze" which very nearly swallowed whatever remained of his credibility as a legit multi-talented recording artist. 'Better' (going by the audio samples here) feels like the kind of album that really should've followed his sophomore release 'I Remember You' back in the late-90's. While that particular album focused primarily on the piano-heavy ballads, 'Better' effectively showcases a more energetic, uptempo side of Brian that he struggled to master a bit earlier on in his career. The production also stands out as well (best since 2005's solid yet largely uneven 'Gemini'), with polished LIVE musicianship and arrangements galore. I think there was only ONE track total that featured any hint of programmed instrumentation (the one with guest rapper Glasses Malone?), but it really didn't deter from the overall flow of the album which tells me that Brian definitely has learned his lesson in terms of not letting "trendy" guest artists (rappers ESPECIALLY) overtake his studio projects. I do like his reggae-inspired collaboration with native Hawaiian singer Kimie Miner, however. Didn't see that one coming, but it was a most welcome surprise indeed! Hopefully, this newfound sense of musical versatility will continue for Brian as he takes on further projects in the not-too-distant future. From my honest perspective, the man certainly needs to make up for lost time after giving much of his core fanbase three decades worth of watered-down compromises that served him well financially yet stagnated him artistically during that stretch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better with age!

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    musicman3
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    Wow. This may be his best body of work since Back at One. Not to say he did not have several standouts albums and records since that time, but as a whole album, this album is very cohesive. His last 2 albums, More Than Words and Just Me seemed more like a collection of songwriter demo's with a few great songs sprinkled within. On Better, Brian took all of his influences (past and present) and melded them into something wholly unique. His production chops have increased substantially. Gone are the stripped down, demo like programmed songs on his last 2 records. Nearly every track on Better uses live instrumentation. The song writing is fresh too. He could have went back to his comfort zone and gave us a bunch of piano ballads with layers of intricate background vocals. Instead, these songs lean heavily on his lead vocal almost like a very polished and well produced live album. As fans of Brian we tend to want what initially drew us to him: Piano Ballads, Crazy Stevie Wonder-like vocal gymnastics and family friendly lyrics. I'm glad that Brian was brave enough to give us an "evolution" on this record. He sounds inspired again and it will be interesting to see what he comes up with next.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Buy

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    Ilovemusicman54
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    A lil disappointed with this latest release from Brian McKnight. Too many up tempo songs. That's not he's accustomed of giving his fans. And his songs featuring other artists (except his son) didn't seem to be comparable with Brian's style. Still haven't decided which songs I like. I'll have to listen a few more times.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    B.McKnight does it again!

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    biglos0013
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    This album is a must buy for any real R&B fan as Brian McKnight did a great job! Although he attempted to go in a different direction with a couple of tracks this time around, he stuck to what made him the world renowned artist that he is! You will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Brian with a different style!

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    whoelse1
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    If you're a Brian McKnight fan, this cd will surprise you but in a good way. Brian has more uptempo songs and other feature artists. It will take a few plays to get into it, but it is a good listen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Brian McKnight Just Gets Better

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    Stardate1951
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    This singer just continues to amaze as he no doubt puts his music together better and better. A must have to any fans collection. Good sound and good beat with lovely vocals.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not his best work

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    BigKi
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    I have enjoyed his music for many years this is not his best CD. Uh oh is an awesome song though and there are a couple others worth listening to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Album

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    flickwatch
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    Brian McKnight still sounds as good as he did years ago when he produced good R&B and soulful music. If you are a fan of his music you will enjoy this album.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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