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Superhero

There is no denying Brian McKnight's ability to write a tear-jerking ballad, as such hits as "One Last Cry" and "Back at One" prove.

There is no denying Brian McKnight's ability to write a tear-jerking ballad, as such hits as "One Last Cry" and "Back at One" prove. On Superhero, his sixth album, McKnight once again puts the focus on love songs. The album's lead single, "Love of My Life," is the stuff of which old-school R&B dreams are made. Employing a full string section, McKnight crafts a ballad that may well be heard at weddings for years to come. McKnight teams with 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake on the sunny "My Kind of Girl." The duet works as a simple blend of pop and R&B and could easily serve as a second single. Superhero does have its flaws, though, particularly the guitar-driven title track, which sounds out of place on this ballad-heavy collection. But swaying midtempos "Groovin' Tonight" and "Don't Know Where to Start," featuring the St. Lunatics and Nate Dogg, respectively, make up for such missteps. In the end, Superhero is a much welcome addition to McKnight's solid ouevre.—RH