Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 11 reviews
2012 Rank: #12 / 818
USER SCORE
80
Based on
86 ratings

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91
A.V. Club

On his bolder follow-up, Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel takes full advantage of his new commercial standing by abandoning genre conventions altogether. 

84
Pitchfork

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.

80
Consequence of Sound

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.

80
PopMatters

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.

75
Under The Radar

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. 

70
FACT Magazine

In its finished form, Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream is a testament to his evolved songwriting, reverence to the past, and refusal to be pigeonholed.

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User Reviews
EMR
64
Miguel shows some promise in Kaleidoscope Dream with good vocals, some relatively weird production for this style of music and some catchy choruses here and there. Even though this album has received some positive crital acclaims, there are some undeniable lows on it. The overall themes of the album don't really compliment the atmospheric sounds and the mood, as Miguel comes up with some generic, bland mainstream rnb lyricism. The main issue, even so, is the inconsistent production that runs ... read more
RichGod
100
Miguel has an amazing voice, no doubt about it. With great beats to compliment him and good amounts of radio play, Kaleidoscope Dream became my favorite album of 2012. I bought a hard copy the day it came out, because after hearing his last album, All I Want Is You, I had high hopes about KD. Of course, KD beat AIWIY to
me. Great album with sexual orientated lyrics, but they're also meaningful!

Favorite Songs: start to finish
JediMark
78
Picks: Adorn / Don't Look Back / Use Me / Candles in the Sun.
Tom Simmons
74
Fav Tracks: Adorn, Don't Look Back, Use Me, Do You…, Kaleidoscope Dream

Least Fav Track: Pussy Is Mine
85
Best Tracks:Adorn, Don't Look Back, Use Me, Kaleidoscope Dream, The Trill, Where's The Fun in Forever, Arch & Point, Candles In The Sun
Worst Track: Do You?
Overrated: Do You?
Underrated: Arch & Point
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DETAILS

October 2, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
R&B / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 13 - A.V. Club
# 5 - AllMusic
# 24 - BBC
# 40 - Cokemachineglow
# 18 - Consequence of Sound
# 12 - Exclaim!
# 38 - FACT Magazine
# 9 - Gorilla vs. Bear
# 14 - Obscure Sound
# 5 - Pazz & Jop
# 23 - Pitchfork
# 37 - PopMatters
# 31 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 5 - SPIN
# 36 - Spinner
# 12 - Stereogum
# 11 - The Guardian
Track List
  1. Adorn 
  2. Don't Look Back 
  3. Use Me 
  4. Do You... 
  5. Kaleidoscope Dream 
  6. The Thrill 
  7. How Many Drinks? 
  8. Where's The Fun In Forever 
  9. Arch & Point 
  10. Pussy Is Mine 
  11. Candles In The Sun
Contributions By
patton, philthy
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Added on: October 3, 2012


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