Miguel - Wildheart
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2015 Ratings: #63 / 770
Year End Rank: #20
User Score
Based on 303 ratings
2015 Ratings: #57
June 30, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
ByStorm, RCA / Label
Alternative R&B, R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly

Miguel recognizes both the romance and the risk embedded in the City of Angels, a clear-eyed balance that makes Wildheart as bracing as a plunge into the Pacific.

90
Slant Magazine

As with Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, another work whose laser-focused assuredness counterpoises the ambivalence on display here, Wildheart stands out as a collection of songs about the significance of roots, using an assortment of West Coast imagery to communicate the splintered state of the artistic psyche Miguel presents.

90
Exclaim!
It's an intrepid effort that gives a middle finger to today's "urban" R&B and rides a lane that mines elements of Prince rock, George Clinton/Parliament funk and Frank Ocean baroque pop to stand on its own, commercial considerations to the wind.
90
HipHopDX

On Wildheart, Miguel excels in embodying the name of the album by being an artist both making a progressive album, but also uncovering more knowledge of self in the process, too.

89
Pitchfork

On Wildheart, Miguel makes good on all of his cross-genre dabbling of the past five years, but unlike the track-based experiments that dotted his two prior LPs and five mixtapes, he extrapolates the heavy funk across an entire album. 

85
The Line of Best Fit

Miguel writes nothing but memorable melodies and his songwriting is the engine that makes Wildheart all work, that takes his affinity for funk, psychedelia and Prince, and turns them an album that feels totally of the moment.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Wildheart is his finest and most stubborn statement yet — a provocative, swooning mess, the 45-minute manifestation of that alternately deranged and inspired five-minute SNL performance. It also just might be one of the best rock albums of 2015.

81
Paste
The third LP from the 29-year-old neo-R&B artist is easily his most ambitious effort to date—a deeply visceral production that’s infused with rap-rock vibes and nuanced electronic twists, from a singular figure who lays it all out on the table.
80
The Guardian

His previous albums were sonically scattered and eclectic, but Wildheart mints a signature musical style; moreover, it’s a signature musical style that doesn’t sound much like anyone else.

80
NME

There’s an occasional tendency for the guitars to spill into the clunky arena rock territory preferred by Lenny Kravitz – who shreds on ‘Face The Sun’ – but ‘Wildheart’ impresses nonetheless. 

80
AllMusic
While the reduction in lucid hooks and the uptick in wince-inducing lyrics diminish the album's appeal, the charms are hard to repel.
80
Spin

It’s not quite as satisfying as Kaleidoscope Dream, but it expands that album’s palette, pushing Miguel into further depths without submerging him in the squalor.

80
Rolling Stone
It's a necessary record that should generate plenty of thought, and more than a few babies, too.
80
Clash

You can hear the work Miguel put into making 'Wildheart' a true assertion of his growth as an artist. The production is expansive and layered, never resting on its laurels.

80
musicOMH

Wildheart is a beautiful album from one of the most exciting and talented artists in music right now.

80
NOW Magazine

His third - and best - album moves farther away from beat-oriented R&B toward music that's heavy guitars, sex and hazy Cali vibes.

75
Consequence of Sound

Even with his sexy talk sometimes failing as foreplay, Wildheart is a magnificent, swirling epic of longing, love, and lust.

75
A.V. Club

Wildheart sees Miguel expanding and refining his sound, and while not every experiment hits its mark, the result is an ambitious and moving album.

75
The 405

Wildheart is a leap in the right direction but Miguel hasn't shed off all of pop's restrictive trappings just yet.

70
Billboard

There's nothing on Wildheart to make one lose faith in Miguel's promise as a major creative and popular force of the decade, but neither is there enough to feel like he has satisfied his warring sides.

60
PopMatters

Wildheart is the sound of Miguel fully coming into his own identity. Now, we just have to wait for him to do something with it.

50
No Ripcord

In attempting to avoid being part of a scene, the paucity of ideas becomes stark. Wildheart impresses in parts, and Miguel’s vocals are a thing to behold. For the most part, however, it’s a record that struggles to fully hold your attention.

Jul 12, 2018
pouls
30
The musical equivalent of Big Mouth. It has no personality, it's awkward and tries to be provocative when it'll end up only scaring the local Christian moms.
Aug 27, 2015
EMR
49
A weak effort in alternative rnb territory. Once again, Miguel brings a massive and loud production to the table and tries desperately to sound as close as possible to his peers in the mainstream even with his off-kilter songwriting style, without defining his identity really well. The fact is, this album doesn't show the production quality found in his previous record, nor does the songwriting maintain (or raise) the level from Kaleidoscope Dream, as Miguel fails in finding the balance between ... read more
Jul 22, 2015
snarekickblues
62
Even over some fantastic production, Miguel's uninspired, bland voice singing line after line about weird sexual fantasies isn't erotic. It's fucking creepy as fuck

Best Track: Coffee or NWA
Worst Track: FLESH
Jun 10, 2018
Sappy
85
Top Favorite: Coffee
Other Favorites: Face The Sun, What's Normal Anyway, A Beautiful Exit
Least Favorite: The Valley
May 6, 2018
80
A sexy jam. That's it.
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Track List

  1. a beautiful exit
  2. DEAL
  3. the valley
  4. Coffee
  5. NWA [ft. Kurupt]
  6. waves
  7. what's normal anyway
  8. Hollywood Dreams
  9. ...goingtohell
  10. FLESH
  11. leaves
  12. face the sun [ft. Lenny Kravitz]
  13. gfg
  14. destinado a morir
  15. Simple Things
  16. damned


Added on: May 19, 2015