War & Leisure

War & Leisure

by Miguel Miguel


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When Miguel lamented inequality and its manifestations on the closing track of Kaleidoscope Dream, it seemed forced, heartfelt as it was, like the singer was reaching to display some depth. It didn't help that the penultimate number was "Pussy Is Mine." After the sleazier Wildheart, his second Top Five album, human rights issues naturally fueled Miguel's writing to a greater extent, as heard on War & Leisure. Although direct references to various intensifying issues are saved for the sparse finale "Now" -- in which police brutality, immigration, polluted water, and inadequate disaster relief all get time -- the majority of these songs are at least loosely inspired by the distressed climate. Miguel sings of being a vigilante and rebel, of "terror on her mind," and Korean missiles. Some references to his own armament aren't metaphorical. Space made for not one but two of the six featured guests, Rick Ross and J. Cole, is filled with nods to Colin Kaepernick. And then there's the buzzing, clomping "City of Angels," drawn from the perspective of an unfaithful lover who was out of town, caught up in a fling, while his woman was victimized by a ruinous attack on Los Angeles. For all the conflict imagery, War & Leisure is often brightly colored, even upbeat. Best of all is "Pineapple Skies," a joyous tropical escape and a rare modern R&B love song that illustrates a blooming relationship pre-consummation ("I ain't kissed you yet"). Close to that is the ecstatic, delightfully off-center "Told You So," expressed with a similar sense of optimism ("I don't wanna control you, I'm gonna set you free"). Smut does remain in supply. "Caramelo Duro" churns and grinds like nothing else in Miguel's catalog. He wants to "fuck all night" in "Come Through and Chill," a song with other signs that it was written while his songwriting faculties were somewhat compromised ("Hello stranger, vape's been waiting/And just as I recall, that ass is still amazing"). In another lusty cut, he's some kind of polyamorous cult leader. It all goes down easy with undeniable charm and sinuous hooks to spare. That yearning howl is in full effect too.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2017
Label: Rca
UPC: 0889854972523
catalogNumber: 549725
Rank: 138796


  1. Criminal
  2. Pineapple Skies
  3. Sky Walker
  4. Banana Clip
  5. Wolf
  6. Harem
  7. Told You So
  8. City of Angels
  9. Caramelo Duro
  10. Come Through and Chill
  11. Anointed
  12. Now

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miguel   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards
David Davis   Guitar,Drums
Bernard Grobman   Guitar
Ronald Kelly   Drums
Salaam Remi   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Happy Perez   Guitar,Keyboards
Jeff Bhasker   Guitar,Keyboards
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Keyboards
Jayme Silverstein   Bass
Roget Chahayed   Keyboards
Brandyn Porter   Guitar
Kali Uchis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Odell Brown   Composer
David Davis   Engineer,Bass Programming
Bernard Grobman   Composer
Salaam Remi   Composer,Producer
David Ritz   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Mark Pitts   Executive Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer,Producer
Alex Williams   Engineer
Happy Perez   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Serge Tsai   Engineer
Eyal Federman   Composer,Additional Production
Steve Mostyn   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Arden Altino   Composer
David Andrew Sitek   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Brian Roettinger   Art Direction
Jeff Bhasker   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Noel "Detail" Fisher   Producer,Engineer
Gleyder "Gee" Disla   Engineer
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Producer
Nathan Perez   Composer
noel fisher   Composer
William Roberts   Composer
Miguel   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Jermaine Cole   Composer
James Yancey   Composer
Bobby Avila   Instrumentation
Charles Thompson   Composer
Sidney Swift   Composer,Producer
Izzy Avila   Instrumentation
Miguel Pimentel   Composer,Executive Producer
Jacques Webster   Composer
Roget Chahayed   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Dylan Wiggins   Composer
Hotae Alexander Jang   Engineer
Dylan   Instrumentation,Additional Production
Annee Elliot   Producer

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