#1 Kaleidoscope Dream by Miguel

Thoughtful and slightly eccentric, Miguel’s second album borrows pages from Prince, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Usher and R. Kelly; and re-writes them in his own handbook. Sonically, this is an album that engulfs the listener, dynamic and fluid—you don’t just listen to Kaleidoscope Dream, you experience it. The album’s less-than-successful moments are still interesting; with Miguel himself displaying a deceptively emotive and versatile vocal ability. This is a big album. Even its hushed moments seem to bounce off the walls. And the guy’s a stellar songwriter. Some of the more explicit moments feel a bit forced, but that’s forgivable. While you were sleeping, Frank Ocean and this guy re-introduced artistic ambition to mainstream R&B.

Good for them.

 

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Todd "Stereo" Williams is an entertainment writer based in New York City. Over the past twelve years, he's interviewed celebrities and pundits in New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles. In 2009, he co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company which has produced projects such as the short film "Exubia" and the documentary "Beautiful Skin"

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