A Creative Rebirth
Ten is a huge shot in the arm to McKnight's career creatively. He clearly sounds like a man reborn, particularly on the album's first song and lead single, "Used To Be My Girl." The song is mostly notable for two things: one, instead of the songs being aimed at a female, for the first time he's written a song where he's addressing a man; and b) McKnight, who usually plays the sensitive role in his songs, gets a chance to show his cocky side, particularly when he taunts his ex-girlfriend's new man:
Walkin' 'round, sportin' her, holdin' her hand, Doin' it big like you're the man, But she was my girl, She used to be my girl, I must admit that she's a 10, Bet she didn't tell you about way back when, When she was my girl, She used to be my girl.
Oh yes - it's like that. And the situation even escalates and becomes more confrontational later in the song, as McKnight reveals his inner player:
She's still thinkin' 'bout me, And I'll tell you why, She couldn't even hold her head up when you walked by, Don't go hatin' on me, It's just a game ... To me it's all the same.
The song is virtually perfect in all aspects: the lyrics, vocals, production (by the duo Tim & Bob) and originality are all on point here.
Rekindling "Blissful Chemistry"
Girl, you're the reason I can make it through the long, long day and that's a fact, Baby I can't wait to get next to you; Oh I can't wait to wrap my arms around your body, Baby I can't help but to tell the truth, Oh, it's so hard to wait 'til no one else is around.
The song, which is McKnight at his best, is reminiscent of classic Marvin Gaye love songs. McKnight continues his more aggressive lyrical approach on other tracks, including the sexy "What's My Name," where he lets a lover know who the bedroom boss is; and "Unhappy Without You," where he warns a lover than unless than can rekindle their "blissful chemistry," then he'll have to cut her loose. Because after all, if he's unhappy with her, he might as well be unhappy without her.
Other than the aforementioned songs, the one that stands out the most is "Red, White & Blue," a patriotic song told from the perspective of a soldier at war writing a letter home to his wife and kids back in the United States. The song, which features Rascal Flatts (yes, the Country music band) sends a nice message to American troops abroad, letting them know that they haven't been forgotten.