Miguel
Kaleidoscope Dream


4.0
excellent

Review

by controlled USER (10 Reviews)
October 25th, 2012 | 7 replies | 2,070 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

It wouldn’t be too big of a stretch to consider Miguel blazing an independent trail, respectfully bright, against his contemporaries – ala The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. The still relatively new artist struck bronze with his 2010 debut All I Want Is You, muddled in it’s persona, yet bubbling with potential; thanks to strong singles and a flair for that soul that is desperately missing from the charts this decade – and beyond – the crooner often found himself in limbo needing an identity, but with greater regard, a reason for simply existing. A married man with such mature insight in the rambunctious routines of this new sultry R & B movement delivering material titled Art Dealer Chic felt so far removed at times that it caused a polarizing reaction. The biggest problem wasn’t necessarily the delivery so much as the packaging. With Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel is able to find an itch that hasn’t been scratched since Marvin Gaye, and it’s with such a comparison that we see how Miguel comfortably operates.

Opener and leading single “Adorn” is indicative of the singers craft for creating a stellar track. Miguel’s commanding vocal presence cascades the song through elegant falsettos amidst its simple yet effective chorus which, combined with the reformed outro, signifies the corrective steps the artist has taken to up the ante within the pop realm – Artists from complete left field (Ma$e?) have called up to steal some shine from this track’s polish. Even more impressive is Miguel’s ability to twist a songs’ structure to fit his enigmatic nature; this capability to flow congruently with the production is telling of his vocal IQ – never drowned out by a completely immersive track like “Do You...”, a lush track devoted to its ethereal atmosphere, yet strongly contrasting forceful (rock infused) cuts (“Time of the Season”).

An easy comparison for this modern grown-up love album could easily be Beyonce’s 4 and this is fairly accurate. While the two share a similar expressiveness the buck stops there. While Beyonce struggles to find her place in pop, still, Miguel feels completely at home with his sophomore release. Modesty’s key, but it lurks beneath a quaint addiction for love. Ok, love strewn through tons of sex, but still, love. It’s this love that leads the singer to his most personal, and at times, most compelling songs to date. Alongside lavish synths and an uncanny ability make matinee movies sound sexy, is a confident singer emerging from an unspectacular debut and capitalizing tenfold. His hand is all over Kaleidoscope, and that masterful construction gives way to a project that is undoubtedly all his own (Alicia Keys slips in for a minimal vocal backdrop that inherently bolsters the tracks creator on “Where’s the Fun In Forever”). Fully intimate and wholly surreal Kaleidoscope often feels invasive, and always underplays the simplicity of its nature, but this enhances Miguel’s quality as a soul singer, breaking down the notions of pop and restructuring them with ease and care making you feel like you belong where he is at any moment.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
controlled
October 25th 2012



467 Comments


pussy is mine

Cygnatti
November 28th 2012



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is actually pretty good

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2012



14990 Comments


really good album

if you like this "gravity" from art dealer chic vol. 1 is a must

controlled
December 5th 2012



467 Comments


thanks. i'm not too fond of chic but i'll try again

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 7th 2012



4940 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this record is incredible

controlled
December 29th 2012



467 Comments


it sure is soby

tnetennba
January 21st 2013



9 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

learn from my mistakes and do not use the chorus of 'how many drinks?' as a pick-up line if you don't have the good looks to back it up.

album is the tits.



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