The Mark of Excellence

Miguel

Kaleidoscope Dream

> > Oct 02 2012

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
By Ryan B. PatrickFor singer/songwriter Miguel to create a straight up R&B album (in today's musical climate, no less), putting forth a specific creative vision that manages to transcend the hip-hop pop swill presently produced by his so-called R&B brethren, yet avoid coming off as pretentious is a crowning achievement in and of itself. (The fact that the 11-track project actually warrants Best of Year discussion is nearly a moot point.) After operating on the underground R&B fringes with the poorly marketed and criminally overlooked Sure Thing in 2010, Kaleidoscope Dream goes for broke. The best track, hands down, is "Adorn," a Marvin Gaye-esque '80s electro soul throwback and instant new Quiet Storm staple. What impresses is his ability to meld various influences — Euro-soul and psychedelic, Prince-inspired pop — into a wholly authentic and personal project. "Don't Look Back" incorporates elements of Zombies classic "Time of the Season," the title track recalls a lost Brothers Johnson track, while "Use Me" is sexual electricity personified. While there are a couple of overly indulgent outings ("How Many Drinks," "Pussy is Mine"), Kaleidoscope Dream is a statement that Miguel has arrived.
(Universal)
GET IT!
Soul, Funk & World RSS
Mailing List
SHARE IT!
Google+
Google Bookmarks
StumbleUpon
Reddit
Tumblr
Be the first to comment
Login
Keep me logged in
Prove You Are Not a Robot
To remove this step go back and login.

Picks

Most Popular Stories

  1. Record Store Day Fallout 2014: How Much Those Exclusives Are Now Fetching on eBayNEWS: Record Store Day Fallout 2014: How Much Those Exclusives Are Now Fetching on eBay
  2. Chad VanGaalen - 'Shrink Dust' (album stream)MUSIC / VIDEO: Chad VanGaalen 'Shrink Dust' (album stream)
  3. Barack and Michelle Obama Send Letter of Condolence to Friends and Family of Frankie KnucklesNEWS: Barack and Michelle Obama Send Letter of Condolence to Friends and Family of Frankie Knuckles

Latest Issue: May 14 Issue