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  • Summary: The Harvard graduate releases his debut American album.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
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  1. The pedestrian vocal performance allows his true strengths--in arrangement and melody--to be showcased without intrusion, and it’s a testament to his ability that the thrills run far deeper than surface level.
  2. With its smooth melodies ("Just Right"), fresh beats ("Diamond Girl") and effortlessly suave lyrics ("Quicksand"), the album satisfies from beginning to end.
  3. Bottom line: the album is one of the stronger pop-R&B releases of the last few years.
  4. 70
    The results are moderately exemplary; a project heavy in power production, but skim on memorable showmanship.
  5. The tracks are tuneful and bounce in all the right fluffy ways. But the songs--most are three minutes--are unmemorable, and Leslie, who comfortably shifts from lower register to a sweet falsetto, isn't a commanding vocalist.
  6. Inevitably, Ryan Leslie is a producer's record; its cutest moments--neo-New Jack bounces, lonely electro loops, nursery-rhyme Auto-Tunes--studio gold.
  7. He shows few idiosyncrasies of his own until the final song, 'Gibberish,' with Auto-Tune effects that render some lyrics unintelligible, as if he thinks they’re irrelevant.

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  1. Jan 8, 2012
    10
    A Masterpiece of production, Great RandB from an underrated genius, this guy plays his own instruments, writes, sing and rap. Ryan LeslieA Masterpiece of production, Great RandB from an underrated genius, this guy plays his own instruments, writes, sing and rap. Ryan Leslie follow up "transition" is also a great album. Please buy both if your interested in smooth, contemporary randb Expand