First Impressions: Ryan Leslie Gives Mary J Something We Can Feel

Monday, September 21, 2009

After being underwhelmed by the persistent jumper, "The One", Mary J. Blige has redeemed herself in my book with newest leaked single, "Said & Done". The Ryan Leslie produced track bounces on a swelling mid-tempo beat and sounds much more like the Mary from The Breakthrough effort than anything. The arrangement of the track is its shining glory as Leslie gives Mary J a infectious yet melodic tune that has sing-ability as well as familiarity. Plus Mary gets to stretch her vocal chords to the ultimate limit, over Leslie's intricate tempo changes from a chiming hip-hop stomp into a surging electric keyboard in the background. This song is simple yet it works much better in context, as its not bogged down with unnecessary blips, beeps and yes...special vocal effects (aka auto-tune). Nicely constructed and executed. Stronger will be making its appearance in stores November 24th, so mark the calendar.

Said & Done

1 comment:

  1. I really like this song, I'm definitely excited for Mary's new album and this song leaves me wanting to hear more. This song is just wow.

    You see, artists who are blessed in the talent department so do not need Auto-Tune, which I think waters down talent. So many artists are using it these days and music doesn't need it.


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