War & Leisure

Miguel - War & Leisure
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2017 Ratings: #176 / 717
User Score
Based on 173 ratings
2017 Ratings: #312
December 1, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bystorm, RCA / Label
Alternative R&B, R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

War & Leisure is an album with a generous helping of highlights, not least because of Miguel’s enviable vocal versatility and affinity for dramatic songcraft, an irresistible combo that sees him playing both hero and villain in his own fantasy.

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.

80
Clash
Miguel’s intention with ‘War & Leisure’ is not to laden himself as a beacon for social change, but to create a body of work that offsets the severity of our current climate. The record thrives because of this surface-level wokeness, Miguel continuing to occupy his own lane as a vital, progressive artist.
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.
76fex
44
Forgettable 2 the Xtreme
BuffaloStaple
32
one of the most forgettable albums this year
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.
Hypnoglitz
75
Am a big fan of Miguel's past few projects. He can do better than this.
itsyahboinoah
44
EHHHHHH.... Probably one of the most lackluster alternative rnb albums i heard all year. Which is sad, cause i really enjoy Miguel earlier output besides his last album being a blunder. However, with his newest record "War and Leisure" this feels as if there is lack of groove and drive with most of the track list.
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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
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