Miguel
Wildheart


4.5
superb

Review

by Guzzo10 USER (27 Reviews)
July 4th, 2015 | 111 replies


Release Date: 06/30/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: By staying within himself as well as adapting to the changing landscape of the genre, Miguel crafts the R&B record of the summer.

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of finding success in music is catching a break. Dealing directly with the R&B, Frank Ocean appeared and used his success with OFWGKTA in order to catapult his individual success. It wasn't until Drake decided to post "The Morning" on his blog that The Weeknd found exposure. Either way, connections can often be the biggest key to really breaking out and that's honestly a sad reality. For Miguel, he has had to overcome the dissolution of Jive, poor marketing and an overall different sound to finally have his moment in 2012 with Kaleidoscope Dreams and while his second LP awoke to critical acclaim, it's easy to say that it's not until Wildheart that Miguel's sound has come full focus.

That isn't to take away anything from Kaleidoscope Dreams which was a great album in its own right, but it never seemed to have the sort of stability you would hope with a breakout album. With Wildheart, Miguel broadens his spectrum to suit just about anyone and by doing so creates a diversity that hasn't been seen in an R&B album since Channel Orange. Single "Coffee" has enough feel-good sensuality to be the soundtrack of your summer. The hook, "Wordplay, turns into gunplay/ and gunplays turns into pillow talk/ and pillow talk turns into sweet dreams/ sweet dreams turns into coffee in the morning" craft an image that is so fitting to summer that you can't help but smile and hum along to it. Elsewhere, the Frank Ocean-esque "What's Normal Anyways"" is the anchor to the whole album. In an interview with Pitchfork, Miguel was quoted saying, "If people listen to my music and are like, “OK cool, this is like some sex shit,” that song will bring everyone back to what the real purpose is. It’s a harness for myself, too -- a reminder of why we do this shit." While much of Wildheart see's Miguel at his most devilishly charming through soundtracks of love (Waves, The Valley, Coffee) its in the more introspective songs that we truly feel the human element of Miguel's music. In that respect is the evolution of Miguel. By the end of the album we are hit with the track "Leaves," and much like how the happiness of summer eventually turns into the gloominess of autumn, Leaves is that turning point. Behind a great alt-rock chord progression, that slowly builds toward its anthem of a climax, Miguel crafts the breakup song of 2015, with just enough heartbreak and glimpses of hope to win over anyone.

It's in these few moments of bleakness spread throughout Wildheart that really add to the album's depth, and in a greater vision, its longevity. By being able to effectively reconstruct his style with an open-minded recognition of how his other R&B's companions construct their music, this is Miguel at his highest evolutionary state ever. Whether its the brooding production of "Flesh" that sonically borrows from James Blake, or the sexually perverse nature of the lyrics on "The Valley" combined with lo-fi trap atmosphere that is a respectful nod toward The Weeknd, Wildheart is a varied R&B album that ends up being the breakout that Miguel has been striving for.



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Guzzo10
July 4th 2015


1244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey guys, I know I haven't been as active as I once was, but this album forced me to do a write up. It fantastic and truly does deserve recognition.





"...goingtohell" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDyd_U40Lp8



"Leaves" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqjlnjHRh6c



"Coffee" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z55sZ2oVY4





Those three songs give you the best taste of the whole album, hope you guys enjoy!

rocketsfall
July 4th 2015


631 Comments


coffee is the biggest banger ever. will be checking this out

Guzzo10
July 4th 2015


1244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Check out "The Valley" or "Waves" if you want some more bangers off this! Both are equivalent to "Coffee"

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2015


6616 Comments


(edit: fixed)

Guzzo10
July 4th 2015


1244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol, the funny thing is I changed all of this I guess when you were typing that comment. Except for being able to edit shit. I didn't know that was how you got around the censorship, thank you.



I have a bad habit of not proofing my reviews until after I post them. Idk why, its easier for me to proof it once its in the system for some reason.

GnarlyShillelagh
Emeritus
July 4th 2015


6386 Comments


terrible review at least learn how to write jesus

RadicalEd
July 4th 2015


8926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hwat.

Digging: Mark Renner - Few Traces

Guzzo10
July 4th 2015


1244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahaha, I can feel the love guys, truly.







Gnar I'm going to send a complaint and get you fired so check yo mittens

PappyMason
July 4th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet write-up. Pos'.



It's been great to see Miguel's rise to the top, thoroughly deserved.

Guzzo10
July 4th 2015


1244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks for the praise Pappy, and I agree fully. This guy deserves it.

psandy
July 4th 2015


280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My girlfriend introduced me to Miguel, little did i know his new shit was gonna be this good

Guzzo10
July 4th 2015


1244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I honestly wasn't that hyped for this record at all, but after listening to it for the past week its become one of my favorites so far this year.

rocketsfall
July 5th 2015


631 Comments


ok wow fuck leaves is like the best song ever

bigguytoo9
July 5th 2015


426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Coffee, FLESH, Hollywood Dreams... so good. I love this disc.

RadicalEd
July 5th 2015


8926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Way better than the cover led me to believe. I think he has a bit of tendency to drown his song in a bit to much layer, but there are a lot of really good songs on this.

RadicalEd
July 5th 2015


8926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I definitley like this better than anything by The Weeknd except "House of Balloons". Weeknds newer stuff is pretty meh imo.

RadicalEd
July 5th 2015


8926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Then we have exactly the same opinion =D

Scoot
July 5th 2015


18941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

waves is killer

Guzzo10
July 5th 2015


1244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The way he roughs his vocals is great. That sound is a straight summertime jam

EaglesBecomeVultures
July 5th 2015


5514 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this thing is straight fire



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