AOTY 2017
War & Leisure
Miguel - War & Leisure
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #177 / 653
User Score
Based on 78 ratings
2017 Ratings: #260
December 1, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bystorm, RCA / Label
Alternative R&B, R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Consequence of Sound
Miguel has a Donna Summer-like ability to twist pop influences into a subtly subversive party soundtrack.
83
A.V. Club

As he does with his assortment of expensive-looking robes, Miguel wears War & Leisure’s looseness well, and even if he doesn’t reveal much of himself, he still has the charisma to pull the whole ensemble off.

81
Pitchfork

On War & Leisure, he sounds unconflicted and ready to rumble. The freedom he promises his lovers in his music extends to himself, and he’s better than ever at just letting go.

80
NME
True, ‘War & Leisure’ lacks the obvious identity that has marked out Miguel’s previous three albums, but that’s no fault. By comparison, this is 
a compelling collection of poptastic R&B tracks made to soundtrack your night out.
80
The Guardian
Having dropped acid on to his R&B sugar cube for his previous album, Wildheart, giving it a richly psychedelic flavour, Miguel continues his trip to create some of the most imaginative pop music around.
80
Slant Magazine

Taken as a whole ... War & Leisure is less of a stylistic about-face than it is a subtle and deliberate course correction.

80
Exclaim!

Though he enthusiastically pushes the boundaries of his sound and image on his most eclectic album yet, Miguel also takes care to make each of its tracks insatiably catchy and breezily fun. It's a shame that the release date falls only a few short days after we published our Top 10 Soul and R&B Albums of 2017 list — War & Leisure would have surely snagged a spot.

80
AllMusic

For all the conflict imagery, War & Leisure is often brightly colored, even upbeat.

75
Northern Transmissions
Mixing in retro production that would make Kevin Parker proud, the tracks that really work here are pop gems. This said, there’s many slow tracks that strip down to virtually one hook and leave listeners with little to hold onto. Even with these moments however, the moments of brilliance are worth the downbeats.
70
Rolling Stone
The L.A. soul explorer's fourth album creates a space where psych-funk splendor coexists with deep anxiety.
70
Crack Magazine

Rather than sounding like a BBC news anchor has entered the bedroom, with War & Leisure Miguel strikes a balance between the political and the personal.

58
Sputnikmusic
Gone are slowly unfurling jams like “Coffee” or “Leaves,” and in their place vibey, summery jams like “Banana Clip.” Not bad, but nowhere near as satisfying.
Dec 1, 2017
BuffaloStaple
32
one of the most forgettable albums this year
Dec 2, 2017
76fex
62
Forgettable 2 the Xtreme
Dec 1, 2017
dyelir
82
Miguel was a traditional r&b auteur with Kaleidoscope Dream and on Wildheart, his last album, he found a sweet spot between r&b and classic rock so decadent he gave Prince a run for his money. Although War & Leisure doesn't feature the highs of either of these records, it's still a step forward in many ways. Aiming for straight up pop-funk this time around, Miguel crafts one of the best politically-charged albums of the year, full of sexual metaphors that befit the album's title.
Dec 8, 2017
75
Am a big fan of Miguel's past few projects. He can do better than this.
Dec 5, 2017
SeenYourVideo
78
Miguel approaches War & Leisure with aplenty funk, psychedelic, and R&B goodness, and even if it isn’t as daring as his previous efforts, it’s still rooted with his knack for majestic melodies and party jams.
END OF YEAR LISTS
#17/Rap-Up
#22/Entertainment Weekly
#22/FLOOD
#42/Complex
MISC LISTS
/AllMusic (R&B)
Track List
  1. Criminal (feat. Rick Ross)
  2. Pineapple Skies
  3. Sky Walker (feat. Travis Scott)
  4. Banana Clip
  5. Wolf (feat. QUIÑ)
  6. Harem
  7. Told You So
  8. City of Angels
  9. Caramelo Duro (feat. Kali Uchis)
  10. Come Through and Chill (feat. J. Cole & Salaam Remi)
  11. Anointed
  12. Now


Added on: November 2, 2017