- Audio CD (July 12 2011)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: eOne Music
- ASIN: B004OKFIRM
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
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2011 two CD release, the 14th album from the R&B/Soul vocalist. Disc One features 10 brand new studio tracks written specifically for this new project including the single "Fall 5.0". Disc Two features a wonderful, intimate, solo acoustic concert performance recorded live at a packed show at the Avalon in Los Angeles in February of 2011.
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I've had the fortune of seeing Brian McKnight live at a concert, and he can put on quite a show. For those that haven't, the second CD is a treat, and is, for me, the reason to buy this CD. You don't really get a sense of how strong a talent Brian McKnight is until you've seen or heard him live...check Youtube for a bunch of video appearances, you'll see what I mean...and this CD once again showcases that talent to me. The track listing on the CD is kind of inflated...it's a concert so he doesn't sing all the songs in their entirety, nor does he probably sing it the way you're used to hearing it. But despite that, it's one of his live concerts on a CD, and that's something he's never really included before in his offerings. He had mentioned wanting to do this in his more recent concerts and he is delivering on that promise here.
Overall I am mixed on the whole thing but the Live CD makes this a buy for me. I guess these days with REAL R&B out of the mainstream audience I'll take mines wherever I can get it, the fact that it is from Brian McKnight is a bonus for me.
The reason I said "almost" it's because the first CD has the studio tracks that I don't like. The live CD is where he shines; where the much better song choices come in. I was finally happy to have purchased a CD of his having been a fan of his musical talent for years.
My disappointment with Brian McKnight has never been with his abilities as a musician, but with the repertoire choices for his albums. But this one was probably the best one.
CD 2 contains 'The Live Album.' It is definitely worth the money. An intimate audio Live concert of Bryan McKnight, this is the only or first official 'Live' album that bryan McKnight has released so far. I always wondered what took him so long to finally release a live album as he is one of the best R&B vocalist around. The performances on the live album are great! His signature soulful voice is what makes this album great.
Not fond of the first disc but disc 2 is definitely a keeper!