by MiguelMiguel
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A complete anthology of Miguel's featured appearances released -- or disseminated, as the freaky wordplay lover might call it -- between Kaleidoscope Dream and this would be assorted, to say the least. It would include appearances on a crop of major R&B and rap songs, a cover of Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets," and a highlight turn on Hudson Mohawke's Lantern. A few of the extracurricular moves pointed toward his next solo step, but the clues remained clearest in the darker corners of Kaleidoscope Dream. Rather than attempt to rewrite "Adorn," a number one R&B hit awarded a Grammy for Best R&B Song, Miguel evidently saw more of a creative future in the seamier, hazier, reverb-laden Kaleidoscope Dream album cuts like "Use Me" and "The Thrill." Grinding guitars and mechanical beats, played and programmed at sludgy tempos that fuse new wave-era rock and contemporary R&B, dominate a program that curtails Miguel's melodicism in favor of grunts, moans, and a couplet that ends in (groan) "masturbate" and "master, babe." He was inspired by his Los Angeles environment to such an extent that it can be felt in this album almost as much as it can in the Miracles' conceptual City of Angels. Like that 1975 album, this revels in L.A.'s allure, the fantasies it fuels, the dreams it breaks. If there is a "Love Machine" here, it's the porn industry-referencing third track, though it's a dragging slow jam, half-whispered and half-wailed, that is much more graphic. "Pour your sins on me baby, let us pray" is one of that song's relatively clean lines, one of the album's many instances where spirituality and sexuality are mixed. When Miguel sings of salvation and damnation, of being a pastor and pimp, he could be singing for the city as much as a thrill-seeking protagonist. When he pleads devotion to a "you" in the album's standard-edition finale -- which appropriately includes some flame-throwing guitar from L.A. child Lenny Kravitz -- he could be addressing the city rather than a lover. While the reduction in lucid hooks and the uptick in wince-inducing lyrics diminish the album's appeal, the charms are hard to repel.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2015
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888751024427
catalogNumber: 510244
Rank: 84558

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miguel   Primary Artist,Guitar
Lenny Kravitz   Guitar
Salaam Remi   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar,Vibes,Piano (Upright)
Zac Rae   Keyboards
Brook D'Leau   Vocals
Jack Davey   Vocals
R.J. Kelly   Drums
Dru DeCaro   Guitar
Jayme Silverstein   Bass
Jasmine Benjamin   Vocals
Nazanin Mandi   Vocals
Nonchanlant Savant   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ronald Kelly   Composer
Salaam Remi   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer
Brian Warfield   Composer
Mark Pitts   Executive Producer
Benny Blanco   Producer
Ricardo Brown   Composer
Happy Perez   Producer
Steve Mostyn   Composer,Producer
Zac Rae   Composer
Brian Roettinger   Art Direction
Brook D'Leau   Programming
Gleyder "Gee" Disla   Engineer
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer
Christian Plata   Engineer
Brook Davis   Composer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Fisticuffs   Producer,Engineer
Nathan Perez   Composer
Benny Cassette   Producer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Composer,Producer
Miguel   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Steve Rusch   Engineer
Maclean Robinson   Composer
Oakwud   Producer
Ronald "Flippa" Colson   Composer,Producer
Jayme Silverstein   Composer
Miguel Pimentel   Composer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Cashmere Cat   Producer
Benedetto Rotondi   Composer
Magnus August Höiberg   Composer
A.K. Paul   Composer,Producer
William Patrick Corgan   Composer
Andrew Decaro   Composer

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