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Critics' Reviews

80
PopMatters: 

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.

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80
Billboard: 

With its smooth melodies ("Just Right"), fresh beats ("Diamond Girl") and effortlessly suave lyrics ("Quicksand"), the album satisfies from beginning to end.

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80
PopMatters: 

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.

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80
Billboard: 

With its smooth melodies ("Just Right"), fresh beats ("Diamond Girl") and effortlessly suave lyrics ("Quicksand"), the album satisfies from beginning to end.

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75
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: 

It's a testament to Leslie's extraordinary melodic instincts that the disc has as much replay value as it does.

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75
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: 

It's a testament to Leslie's extraordinary melodic instincts that the disc has as much replay value as it does.

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60
Boston Globe: 

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.

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60
Boston Globe: 

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.

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50
ROLLING STONE: 

Inevitably, Ryan Leslie is a producer's record; its cutest moments--neo-New Jack bounces, lonely electro loops, nursery-rhyme Auto-Tunes--studio gold.

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50
ROLLING STONE: 

Inevitably, Ryan Leslie is a producer's record; its cutest moments--neo-New Jack bounces, lonely electro loops, nursery-rhyme Auto-Tunes--studio gold.

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