Record Label: RCA
“‘All I Want Is You’ was the soundtrack of my relationships,” remarked singer Miguel. “‘Kaleidoscope Dream’ is the soundtrack of my life.” Miguel's four-time Grammy- nominated sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream - which came out in 2012 on the heels of Art Dealer Chic, his self-released series of free EPs - is bigger and more encapsulating, with a scope and sound that pushes past the boundaries of R&B and challenges its listeners.
Kaleidoscope Dream is, crucially, the purest distillation to-date of who Miguel is as a person. Unlike most of his R&B brethren, Miguel doesn’t listen to the radio. Instead, he’s jamming Queen and the Rolling Stones. For the first time, the record completely reflects Miguel when out of the limelight. The album represents where he goes, what he does, and the people he hangs out with. Of his lifestyle, Miguel says he "won’t be making it rain. But I probably will be at some bar singing my heart out with a Jack and Coke in my hand. That’s just who I am.”
Strategically, instead of thrusting listeners into this brave new world, Miguel decided to build a bridge. The result was "Adorn," the lead single off Kaleidoscope Dream that catapulted to the top of charts garnering Miguel his third No. 1 hit single and a 2013 Grammy win for “Best R&B Song.” The song, which was acknowledged in Rolling Stone’s 2012 “Singles of the Year” list, incorporates radiant harmonies and heavenly backing vocals - undoubtedly the work of the Miguel that his fans have grown to love, including Pop-Rock singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson, who called his “Adorn” Grammy performance “… the sexiest damn thing I’ve ever seen…”during her “Best Pop Vocal Album” acceptance speech.
Tracks like "Don't Look Back" and "Use Me," two songs released along with "Adorn" further illustrate that journey. These tracks, with their stacked guitars and crashing drums, blow open the doors on the new Miguel, the one who is daring to meld arena rock and R&B like no one since Prince. This was new territory for Miguel, but one that he's perfectly equipped to handle, as he shows that the soulfulness and purity of his voice is strengthened when he belts out sky-scraping choruses. The tracks also display a Miguel that is exploring the darker sides of sex and romance, in a way that is as dangerous and erotic.
With Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel moves into songs that are more open, even soothing. Of “Do You…” and “The Thrill,” Miguel says that the tracks are “very airy. That section of the album just has a free-spirited vibe.” “Kaleidoscope Dream,” the smoldering title track produced by Salaam Remi, explains Miguel from a philosophical standpoint. “I really believe that we all are creating everything that is in front of us,” he says. “So ‘kaleidoscope dream’ is another phrase for your own collage of what it is you want in your life. That is your ‘kaleidoscope dream.’ This album is the representation I’m painting for myself. It’s my ‘kaleidoscope dream.’”