Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2012 Ratings: #36 / 956
Year End Rank: #17
User Score
Based on 211 ratings
2012 Ratings: #88
October 2, 2012 / Release Date
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R&B, Alternative R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

GratedStraws
100
This album is magnificent. VERY UNDERRATED PERFECTION. Idk if Miguel can top this greatness. Wow 2012 was great with Channel Orange GKMC and this.
jacksimpson741
90
people who don't like this album are virgins
goncalocouto
72
"Kaleidoscope Dream" is a well-crafted pop record and its eccentricities are offset by Miguel’s disarming songwriting. This album fails to reach the level of "Channel Orange", but we can say that Frank Ocean and Miguel think artfully in the same way.

✅ Don't Look Back | Use Me | Do You... | How Many Drinks?
dyelir
85
On Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel gives us a tour of Prince-inspired soft rock ("Candles in the Sun", "The Thrill"), traditional r&B ("Adorn", "How Many Drinks"), and funk-leaning base rock ("Use Me", "Where's the Fun in Forever"). He's often grouped in the current class of alternative r&b singers like Frank Ocean and The Weeknd but actually he's the closest thing we have to a traditional modern-day rock star.
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Decade Lists

#12/Noisey (2010s)

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
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