Album Review: Ryan Leslie "Transition"
“Transition is the second album from talented song writer and producer Ryan Leslie. Unfortunately, the same problems I had with his debut “Ryan Leslie,” I have with this album. Don’t get me wrong, the production and lyrics on this album are very good. However, I just can’t seem to get by the fact the man is just not a very talented singer. Not only is his vocal range very limited, but he sounds off key at times and it gets annoying.
Additionally, he raps on the albumwhich I found to be very elementary at times and unnecessary. I can never fault a talented producer and writer for wanting to do their own album after giving away so many hits, but there comes a point when they have to realize they may not have the voice for singing. A perfect example of this can be seen on the bonus track “When We Dance.” Slim of 112 did a version of this song on his own album, and the difference in the quality of the singing voice is very evident.
I really wanted to like the album because I’m a very big fan of writers and producers, and both of those elements are there are “Transition.” Unfortunately, like many other producers who are trying to branch out and make their own songs, Ryan Leslie comes up short. He need not worry about his career though, as he can easily continue making hits for other artists behind the scenes.