Album Review: Miguel Pumps Out The Perfect 'Wildheart'
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:56:27
The most magical destination in SoCal isn't Disneyland it's the R&B singer's take on Los Angeles in Wildheart
Miguel painted his masterpiece thus far with Wildheart [ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records]. The record drops June 30, and it's an R&B roller coaster, to say the least. He upped the ante in every way following 2012's stunning Kaleidoscope Dream. However, what's most impressive is ability to bridge eras from the sixties, seventies, and nineties to now for a love letter to his hometown that makes you feel like you're at the ultimate Los Angeles party. It's a psychedelic fever dream that you never want to wake up from as if he made the musical equivalent of Pulp Fiction or Jackie Brown. The sonic structure remains just as dynamic.
"a beautiful exit" begins with an industrial synth paired with his striking falsetto on the line, "We're going to die now." As dark as that may seem, he makes it sexy and seductive, welcoming listeners into a world where death might just be the ultimate climax. "the valley" gets dirty and slyly clever as he takes everyone into a ride through San Fernando with no regard for the raunchy details. It's a bold and brave one that instantly stands out, especially when paired with the ultra-dope single "Coffee," which could wake anybody up with its vocal delivery. One of many standouts, "NWA" sees him take a trip to South Central with Kurupt over funk guitar, yielding one of the jazziest moments of the record and triumphant spotlight for the veteran MC. "waves" could be the moment we go to the ocean with a staggered disco bounce, subtle guitar, and carpe diem declaration, "I'm gonna ride that wave." It's got a Purple Rain homage, and then it jumps into its own lane that undeniably belongs to Miguel.
Watch The Music Video for "Coffee"