Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2012 Ratings: #70 / 1031
Year End Rank: #17
User Score
Based on 266 ratings
2012 Ratings: #67
Liked by 7 people
October 2, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
R&B, Alternative R&B / Genres
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A.V. Club

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.

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.


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.

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. 

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.

Could be just nostalgia, but god is this amazing
This album is magnificent. VERY UNDERRATED PERFECTION. Idk if Miguel can top this greatness. Wow 2012 was great with Channel Orange GKMC and this.
one of the more underrated masterpieces of the past decade
Man this nigga Miguel tricked my ass. I was going into this album think it was gonna be some smooth ass, sexy ass R&B like I'd heard before long ago on "Adore" and "How Many Drinks?" Instead I just got some left-field poppy production that didn't fit Miguel's great ass voice at ALL. Kinda disappointed with this one.

Favorite Songs: Adorn, How Many Drinks?, Pussy Is Mine, Candles In The Sun

Least Favorite Songs: Everything else
"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?
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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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Added on: October 3, 2012