Kaleidoscope Dream

Kaleidoscope Dream

by Miguel
     
 

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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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2012
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0887254720324
catalogNumber:
547203

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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
Lisa Sutton   Violin
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Shawn Mann   Viola
Roberto Cani   Violin
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Dave Walther   Viola
Alyssa Park   Violin
Brook D'Leau   Keyboards
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
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
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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