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Miguel: Wildheart

From Consequence Of Sound:
“The title Wildheart seems to reference a carnal insatiability, an untamed approach to romantic love and hedonism spelled out more explicitly in its sultry sweet talk, and it’s that spirit that makes Miguel‘s third album a seismic force. On the infernal “…Goingtohell”, where his voice melts into a syrupy falsetto as the soundscape burns, he waxes romantic: “These bittersweet notions of forever/ Blossom and find me in my dreams/ If we should die, I hope we die together/ If not, at least I’ll know just where we’ll be.” His tales of adrenaline-pumping lust dominate his conversations. There are occasional moments of introspection, like loner anthem “What’s Normal Anyway” and “A Beautiful Exit”, which wraps an existential manifesto into a speeding car metaphor. He’s also more than capable of penning a charming love song (“Waves”). Still, sex is at the centre of Wildheart because, to a certain degree, everything Miguel does is about sex, and he stands as R&B’s foremost seduction expert. He may just be the horniest dude on Earth and sometimes — in his music — on Mars, too. His otherworldly sex odyssey “The Valley” includes the lyric “I’m your pimp, I’m your pope, I’m your pastor, babe/ Confess your sins to me while you masturbate.” He navigates the fine line between raunchy and corny with his unflappable croon. On “FLESH”, he’s submissive, a slave to her calling skin. The swaggering “NWA”, which features G-funk disciple Kurupt, thumps and clicks. The track is laced with whining chords as Miguel boasts, “Got you walkin’ with a gangsta lean.” He takes pride in his work. The subtler Kaleidoscope Dream was anchored by an eroticism embedded in maturity and a sincerity that often veered dangerously close to insecurity. It ignored the brutish masculinity of Miguel’s contemporaries in favor of a softer, heartfelt enthusiasm. Miguel often manages to re-purpose hokey clichés and pass them off as serious thoughts with a straight face, and on Kaleidoscope Dream, he sold it well with earnestness. On Wildheart, though, and specifically on songs like “DEAL” and “Leaves”, his writing can be silly, even ridiculous. There are instances when Miguel takes himself far too seriously and comes across as a try-hard. But even with his sexy talk sometimes failing as foreplay, Wildheart is a magnificent, swirling epic of longing, love, and lust.”
Wildheart is out now on RCA; check out “Coffee” below.

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