Volume 95, Issue 12

Thursday, September 20, 2001
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Nothing this Wright could possibly be Wrong

NY rockers whip up "tragipsych"

This John is not filled with crap

Disc of the Week

No Superheroes here

No Superheroes here

Brian McKnight



1 1/2 stars (out of five)

"Brian, who stole the soul?"

Once one of the most under appreciated, yet talented musicians in R&B, Brian McKnight has gained a small amount of pop recognition for such hits as "Back at One" and "Anytime."

But instead of staying true to his humble beginning, McKnight has taken aim at the bigger picture – where the money's at.

As the album cover's preface suggests, Superhero is a diary of the past year in his life, as well as a tribute to the heroes in his life.

Unfortunately, all the album does well is suck.

Superhero is an overall bad attempt at a pop album and is a poor ensemble of music. The production isn't moving, McKnight's lyrics are "bubble-gummish" and his voice lacks the deep, soulful passion it once had.

It doesn't stop there though; the miscues just seem to keep on coming.

Mistake Number One: teaming up with *N Sync's Justin Timberlake in "My Kind of Girl" – this song might attract the screeches of Timberlake's herd of teeny boppers, but is nothing McKnight's fans will appreciate.

Mistake Number Two: teaming up with Nelly and his St. Lunatics on "Groovin' Tonight" – a weak attempt at a club bumper with Nelly and his stupid, senseless raps.

Finally, the worst mistake has to be the album's title track. The song's hard rock instrumental is hideously corny and clashes with McKnight, who isn't exactly a spokesperson for manliness.

Amid all of this, the album's first single, "Love of my life," is McKnight's best performance on the album.

In the end, Superhero is a lot more civilian than the title suggests.

–Joel Brown

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