Picks and Pans Review: I Remember You

updated 08/21/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/21/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Brian McKnight

Twenty-six-year-old McKnight is an R&B rarity. Instead of resorting to the gratuitous hip-hop flourishes and trendy "freak me" poses that dominate current twentysomething soul, he woos listeners with hip classic soul.

Yet, for all McKnight's good taste, on this follow-up to his gold 1992 debut the Möet-and-Brie style falls flat. Precision tunes like "Anyway" and "Marilie" are too perfectly moussed to offer any great musical thrills, and McKnight's blank baritone strokes them like a dull lover. At times, the album does spring to life—"Every Beat of My Heart" has a soothing, tantalizing groove, and "Must Be Love" sways gently and percussively. But most of I Remember You is all too easy to forget. (Mercury)

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