by Sean Smith
This week Brian McKnight released a new greatest hits album. However, Its not your run of the mill greatest hits album. Rather than just re-releasing a bunch of his original recordings, McKnight offers up on seven of the albums ten tracks newly recorded versions of some of his most famous songs including, “Anytime,” “Back at One,” “Still,” and “One Last Cry.”
If you’re a regular reader of my #ThrowbackThursday posts here on Clizbeats you know that I’m a huge fan of 90’s R&B music, and Brian McKnight just so happens to be one of my favorite artists of that period. His 1997 album Anytime and 1999 offering Back at One were played endlessly in my room as a teenager. And it was his 2001 album Superhero, and its hit single “Love Of My Life,” that played as a soundtrack in my head as I went out into the world searching for that special someone to share my life with. I also had the pleasure of seeing McKnight perform live at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia back in the early 2000’s when he was touring with fellow 90’s R&B legend Tyrese. While they both put on a great show that night, McKnight’s performance at the Tower continues to reign as the best live R&B act I have ever had the chance to enjoy in person. So if you ever get the opportunity to see him in concert, I would highly suggest that you do so. You won’t be disappointed.
Brian McKnight is regarded by many as one of the top R&B singers in recent memory. An opinion that can be validated by his 16 Grammy nominations. And while his work over the years has included a number of hit singles and memorable album cuts, I want to take this time to remember the third single from his 1992 self-titled debut album, “One Last Cry.” It was the most successful single from his debut offering reaching the #13 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song’s content delves into emotions that I’m sure we all have felt at one point or another in life. The story of a lost love and the realization that although it may be hard, it is time to have that “one last cry” over our lost relationship before moving on.
So in honor of Brian McKnight releasing his Greatest Hits album this week, here at Clizbeats we remember the first single that put his career on the path to the success that it has become, “One Last Cry.” Enjoy!
“One Last Cry”
From Brian McKnight
From Back At One