Review Roundup: Miguel – ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’

Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel puts his own stamp on R&B with his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream, available now. The L.A. crooner delivers 11 effortless tracks, with production from Salaam Remi, Jerry Wonda, and Pop & Oak, plus the No. 1 hit “Adorn” and follow-up “Do You…” Did Miguel’s seductive sound make noise with critics? Find out below.

USA Today: The 25-year-old singer smartly continues to distance himself from R&B’s explicit, club-banging clichés with a subtlety seductive second album. The beats are spare, the songwriting is intimate and the overall effect is infectious. 3/4

The Boston Globe: Miguel, who also co-produces, needs to trust his own vocals more, as some tracks are simply overproduced. A good hook (“I’m going to do you like drugs”) on “Do You…” gets washed away by effects, and a gratuitous gimmick (sampling “Time of the Season”) on “Don’t Look Back” fails to serve to the song.

The Associated Press: Miguel’s sophomore effort Kaleidoscope Dream oozes sex with a bit of rock ‘n’ roll and funk, further elevating and pushing the elasticity of R&B like other acts including Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, and Jhené Aiko.

Newsday: His resemblance to Prince goes beyond his ability to shift from growl to falsetto effortlessly. … Miguel’s Dream is a wake-up call to his R&B competitors to step up their game. A-

SPIN: Kaleidoscope Dream is startling and invigorating, a fully formed statement from an artist hungrily surging toward the front of pop music’s creative pack. 9/10

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Adorn,” “Where’s the Fun in Forever,” “Do You…”

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  1. Ice

    His debut was amazing, this album is 10x that. He’s becoming a classic artist in my book.


  2. United States

    Can be honest. The songs sound the same, I’m talking beats, melody everything! I don’t know, but I’d give the album a B-


  3. @taimiicel

    his music is epic


  4. Yo

    I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee it.


  5. Jordan Gabriel

    I do love what he does but I think it’s a tiny bit over produced…


    Will Reply:

    @Jordan Gabriel, Your crazy. Over produced? If anything the album doesnt have over production like other albums its simplistic and classic sounding. Nothing overproduced about the album at all.


  6. @BoyOUTTAHere

    I mean, the sound of the album IS really seductive and makes me you-know-what (Horny). Lol. But honestly, there are only 2 songs I can listen to. “How Many Drinks?” & “Use Me”.


  7. poe

    very overproduced…i hear more music than his voice! I give it a B-


  8. Lauren

    These reviews are on point!! Love this album ;)


  9. Manj

    I give it a 9/10. It’s a really great album. My #1 song so far on the album is “Where’s The Fun in Forever” but, that might change in the long run.


  10. Stephen

    Overproduced? Channel Orange is overproduced. This album kinda is too. The Weeknd is the only one who relies only on his voice alone.


    Quest Reply:

    @Stephen, channel ORANGE is not overproduced. And please….I’ve heard Abel life. His voice outside of the studio is an insult.


    Stephen Reply:

    @Quest, I’ve heard him live too, and you’re right. And when it does come to singing live, Frank wins, I’ve seen him in concert. I’m only referring .to in studio music


  11. @TBarz365

    I Love Miguel’s First Album, And I Love The Singles From This One. So I Will Be Buying It Tomorrow… I Think He Is An Original Artist. His Music Is Different In Every Day. Adorn Is Such A Dope Track…


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