Kaleidoscope Dream [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Elements of Miguel's second album started to reach the public around the time "Lotus Flower Bomb," the singer's collaboration with Wale, began to overstay its welcome on mainstream urban radio. From late February 2012 through that April, Miguel released a trio of free three-song EPs dubbed Art Dealer Chic. Altogether, the material was funkier and weirder than that of All I Want Is You. The high points eclipsed that album's singles, and some out-there moments confirmed that the freaky and daring qualities of "Teach Me" were not simply dabblings. Kaleidoscope Dream includes some of the ADC songs in varying form, as well as the six songs from the July and September ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Elements of Miguel's second album started to reach the public around the time "Lotus Flower Bomb," the singer's collaboration with Wale, began to overstay its welcome on mainstream urban radio. From late February 2012 through that April, Miguel released a trio of free three-song EPs dubbed Art Dealer Chic. Altogether, the material was funkier and weirder than that of All I Want Is You. The high points eclipsed that album's singles, and some out-there moments confirmed that the freaky and daring qualities of "Teach Me" were not simply dabblings. Kaleidoscope Dream includes some of the ADC songs in varying form, as well as the six songs from the July and September album-preview EPs. The small quantity of new material makes Kaleidoscope Dream anticlimactic for some. For them, the trade-off is that they heard the majority of 2012's most pleasurable pop-R&B album digital Advent calendar style. It leads with "Adorn," the singer's second solo number one R&B/Hip-Hop single; there's some atmospheric, mechanical/organic likeness to Marvin Gaye's 1982 ballad "Sexual Healing," but it trades lust for soul-baring affection and carries some of the era's sweetest backgrounds and a knockout falsetto howl over probing but unobtrusive bass. That song and most of the others stay true to the album's title and maintain an illusory atmosphere. This sense is intensified by some unexpected touches, like an interlude where Miguel softly croons part of the Zombies' "Time of the Season" over synthesizer goo, and the hovering title track, which incorporates the bassline from Labi Siffre's "I Got The" in a manner heavier than Eminem's "My Name Is" and some "Strawberry Letter 23"-like guitar swirls. There are instances where the lyrical content edges too close to "artsy" teenage erotic poetry, but no song is without an attractive quality, whether it's a heavenly melody, a riveting rhythm, or a boggling production nuance. The set is cunningly sequenced, too. The loose "Where's the Fun in Forever" -- atmospheric yet mostly drums and bass, with some cool and casual background vocals from Alicia Keys -- melts into ADC highlight "Arch & Point," which is something like a skeletal power pop number slowed to a seductively squalid prowl. In its new context, the back half of that combination sounds fresh. Miguel is listed first in the songwriting credits of each song, and he's involved with much of the production, but he gets valuable support from earlier associates Salaam Remi and Happy Perez, as well as the likes of Warren "Oak" Felder, Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Steve "Ace" Mostyn, and J*Davey's Brook D'Leau, whose baleful keyboards on the closing "Candles in the Rain" flirt with evil.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 887254720324
  • Catalog Number: 547203
  • Sales rank: 23,248

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Adorn (3:14)
  2. 2 Don't Look Back (4:27)
  3. 3 Use Me (4:40)
  4. 4 Do You... (3:27)
  5. 5 Kaleidoscope Dream (4:17)
  6. 6 The Thrill (3:02)
  7. 7 How Many Drinks? (4:33)
  8. 8 Where's the Fun in Forever (3:29)
  9. 9 Arch & Point (3:17)
  10. 10 P***y Is Mine (2:53)
  11. 11 Candles in the Sun (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miguel Primary Artist, Drums, Background Vocals
Paul Pesco Guitar
Bruce Dukov Violin
Darius Campo Violin
Stephen Erdody Celli
Paula Hochhalter Celli
Ronald Kelly Drums
Salaam Remi Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Kim Scholes Celli
Rafael Rishik Violin
Shawn Mann Viola
Roberto Cani Violin
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Lisa M. Sutton Violin
Dave Walther Viola
Alyssa Park Violin
Brook D'Leau Keyboards
The Fisticuffs Musician
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Phillip Levy Violin
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky Harp
Sarah Parkins Violin
Cecelia Tsan Celli
Brian Dembrow Viola
Jessica E. Guideri Violin
Dru DeCaro Guitar
Jayme Silverstein Bass
Eun-Mee Anh Violin
Technical Credits
Paul Pesco Composer
Labi Siffre Composer
Bruce Dukov Principal
Stephen Erdody Principal
Salaam Remi Composer, Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Brian Warfield Composer, Pro-Tools
Mark Pitts Executive Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Composer, Producer
Happy Perez Producer
Roger Nichols Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Steve Mostyn Composer
Alicia Keys Composer
Arden Altino Composer
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai Engineer
Wayne Barrow Executive Producer
The Fisticuffs Producer
Jessica Smalls grooming
Chris Kasych Pro-Tools
Gleyder "Gee" Disla Engineer
Courtney Walker Art Direction
Warren "Oak" Felder Composer
Clayton Reilly Composer
Arden "Keyz" Altino Producer
Tim Davies String Arrangements
Phillana Williams Management
Nathan Perez Composer
Ronnie James Composer
Mac Robinson Composer
Brian Dembrow Principal
Andrew "Pop" Wansel Composer
Miguel Producer, Engineer, Art Direction
Keith Justice Composer
Allen Arthur Composer
Elle Varner Composer
Phatboiz Producer
Nycole Russell Composer
Miguel Pimentel Composer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Pro-Tools
Michel Michelakis drum programming
Lance Powell Engineer, Pro-Tools
Tyler Bunting Engineer
Tish Celstine grooming
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