Ryan Leslie – Rescue U

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Like most people I first heard of Ryan Leslie as the Svengali/producer behind Cassie’s monster “Me and U” back in 07. But while Cassie’s follow-up album has been in limbo until a single catches on, Leslie is about to release his second album of 2009. I’m still trying to get a handle on Leslie. His style is very minimal and repetitive but there is this late-night sadness to a lot of his music. He’s not the most charismatic guy. He rarely switches the musical melody when he introduces a chorus which is both amateurish and difficult (creating different vocal melodies to the same chords isn’t all that easy). It sorta drives me nuts that “Rescue U,” a track that didn’t make the cut of his new album is resonating so deeply with me and I can’t put a finger on why. Maybe I need to realize there doesn’t always have to be a simple answer. I imagine fluorescent greens, top floor penthouse rooms, empty tumblers and city views when I listen. It makes me warm. I guess the why is superfluous at this point.

MP3: hxxp://www.zshare.net/audio/67658857cd09aae4/ (rename to http)

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~ by talkmyshitagain on October 29, 2009.

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