With his fifth Motown set, U Turn, Brian McKnight attempts to reel in the hip-hop crowd that has eluded him time and again.
With his fifth Motown set, U Turn, Brian McKnight attempts to reel in the hip-hop crowd that has eluded him time and again. Easily one of the most recognizable voices in contemporary R&B, McKnight has long been known for his moving ballads. With U Turn, McKnight looks to move beyond these smooth sounds. Opening track "All Night Long," which features Nelly, does just that; the uptempo track is both melodic and hypnotic. He also teams with Fabolous and newcomer Six John on the equally catchy title track. That said, McKnight hasn't forgotten his roots. Lead single "Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda" is a return to the tried and true formula that made him a star. McKnight also plays a modern-day Marvin Gaye on "Back Seat (Gettin' Down)" and teams with contemporaries Joe, Carl Thomas, Tyrese, and Tank on "Good Enough." U Turn provides familiarity for hardcore fans, and enough twists and turns to make new ones.—RH