Got a date tonight? Need that special sound to get him/her in the mood/sack? Brian McKnight's smooth love-man Soul will loosen up even the most frigidly unresponsive partner. Densely produced hip-hop backing walks the line between P.M. Dawn-style rap and quivering Quiet Storm. Couple that with McKnight's calmly passionate delivery and you've got crossover-prone Neo-Soul that inhabits the same space on the dial as Puff Daddy's blockbuster records but relies less on Classic Rock piracy and gangsta posing. McKnight is personally involved in the creation of his music, from the writing and performance to the nuts and bolts of its production. The result is uncommon, painstakingly crafted Contemporary R&B that's more than just make-out music -- it's creative, innovative artistic expression.