Ryan Leslie, "Transition"

80 Billboard Rating

Nearly nine months after the release of his self-titled album, Ryan Leslie continues to push the envelope musically, penning even more lustful lyrics, delivering sweet melodies and creating captivating productions. On "Something That I Like" (featuring Pusha T), the production-reminiscent of rap group Clipse's "We Got It for Cheap"-meshes with the soulful chorus, in which he confesses, "She's got something that I like." Over hand claps and a psychedelic piano arrangement, Leslie keeps "Zodiac" fresh with flirty lyrics like, "What's your zodiac sign/Are we compatible, baby?/If it matches with mine/Then we should think about dating." Other standout tracks include the horn-laden "Sunday Night," about spending a quiet evening with a special lady; "All My Love," with its sluggish beat and erratic drums; and the heart-pounding closer "I Choose You," which can be ideal for any wedding day. --Mariel Concepcion