By Zintle Dolweni
Since he first burst onto the scene in 2010 with his smash hit ‘Sure Thing’, R&B singer-songwriter Miguel was immediately dubbed ‘the new Prince’. With his electric guitar, endearing croon, coiffed haircut and eccentric freakiness, he seemed set to leave his own unique stamp on urban music. However his debut album ‘All I Want is You’ did not perform too well commercially. Miguel places the blame onpoor marketing from his record label. He managed to bounce back from that failure earlier this year by releasing a series of free EPs entitled ‘Art Dealer Chic.’ ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’, the hotly anticipated second album from Miguel was released 2 October 2012.
The first track on the album is the wildly popular ‘Adorn’. The gentle sincere love song is also found on the ‘Art Dealer Chic’ EP. Miguel’s self-proclaimed ‘misunderstood freak’ persona is clearly evident in ‘Use Me’, where he sings about having sex with the lights on. His lyrical prowess is displayed, with lines like ‘Blissful collision as our bodies tangle intertwined’ and ‘crucified thoughts, tender moments on a ricochet’
While other artists such as Usher and Trey Songz rely on blunt, in your face lyrics to make their erotic declarations, Miguel uses clever wordplay and metaphors. On ‘Do You’, he gently sings about how he is going to ‘Do you like drugs tonight’.
There is also the acoustic ‘Pussy is Mine’, which is not about a cat, but rather the vulnerability a man feels, which is displayed under the guise of machismo.
The title track was produced by Salaam Remi, who is known for his work with Amy Winehouse, Nas, and Nelly Furtado. The song borrows a sample from the legendary British musician Labi Siffre’s song ‘I Got The.’
There is more to this album than love and intimacy, proving that as an artist, Miguel is anything but one dimensional. The carpe-diem anthem ‘Where’s the fun in Forever’? Featuring Alicia Keys, is a fun, light-hearted call to celebrate the good times.
The final song on the album is the socially conscious and profound ‘Candles in the Sun’, in which he leaves you with the parting thought, ‘May the bridges we burn only light our way’.
Kaleidoscope Dream is a progressive, yet deeply personal album from an artist who pushes the fangs-out approach to R&B. Miguel can be credited among the few artists with the ability to make you feel what he is singing about. A definite collector’s item for R&B fans.
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