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Definitely 'More' than 'Less': A Big, Distinctive Sound,
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Admittedly, I am not a die-hard Ryan Leslie fan as I am not the biggest finatic of R&B and only know about Ryan Leslie through his work with Fabolous, Lloyd Banks and Red Cafe. But once I read a couple of months ago that he was working on a Rap album I became very excited as the songs he has done with said rappers are of high quality and distinct sound.
"Glory" is a very strong openner for the album; A deep meaning, well-produced intrumental and a big chorus to accompany the hook. And the rest of the album is as gripping as the openning. "5 Minute Freshen Up" is in particular one of my favourite songs on the whole album as the beat is very elligent and Leslie's verses easily out-do most of the rubbish rappers say today. "Dress You to Undress You" and "Maybach & Diamonds" also gabbed my attention for their glossy, retro sound, showing that Leslie hasn't lacked on production value for the album.
"Swiss Fancs" and "The Black Flag" are also two of my favourite songs as they have a very powerful sound to them and genuinely sound like Rap songs.
One of my issues with the album is it's repetitive topic matter (i.e. Dating models, buying them expensive clothes/gifts, genuinely doing rich guy stuff with women). Whereas this comes off great on the album's early songs like "Good Girl" and "Dress You to Undress You", it makes later songs "Ready or Not" and "Lovers & Mountains" sound like repeats and in general, nothing new. So when Leslie actually discusses breaking up with such high profile women ("Joan of Arc") it makes it stand out more.
And my second one, on a relative note, is that it sounds more like a R&B album with rapping verses. Not that I'm criticising Leslie's production as they're all fantastic, but since the aim of the album is to be a Rap album, fans of Hip-Hop (Like I) will be more drawn to "5 Minute Freshen Up" and "Swiss Francs".
But then again, I understand that Ryan Leslie already has a fan-base to appeal so don't blame him for sticking to his own sound.