On his bolder follow-up, Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel takes full advantage of his new commercial standing by abandoning genre conventions altogether.
Emerging unscathed from middling mainstream performance, Kaleidoscope Dream sounds, at its utmost, natural and easy, an artist set free to do what he wants and proving himself every bit the unique voice his debut seemed to deny.
Nothing shrouds Miguel and his directives, and worries, and prayers, and cat calls — it’s all there, full of light and love, refracting through a kaleidoscope of rocks glasses, rainy windshields, and blood-shot eyes.
It may not blindly take the artistic risks of Channel Orange, but it’s a more consistently enjoyable album than Frank Ocean’s magnum opus.
There's an upfront quality to his words that tiptoes the line between sexy and silly, raunchy and ridiculous; if it weren't for a sense that each line is uttered with utmost honesty, he'd be hard to take seriously.
In its finished form, Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream is a testament to his evolved songwriting, reverence to the past, and refusal to be pigeonholed.
Such a beautiful R'n'B album!Strange and extraterrestial-like sounds and a relaxing voice!
One of the best in 2012!
" Ahh, le-le-le-let it dress you down " Miguel
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