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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

1694 Ratings

1694 Ratings

5/5

Channel Se7en,

In an era where artists are more manufactured than ever, it is refreshing to both hear and see someone who knew where they wanted to go and stuck to that plan - this album is the result of years of hard work, genuineness, and sincerity - and it has clearly paid off. The outcome is [without question] one of the best albums of 2010. Miguel is authentic, extremely talented (as a writer, vocalist, and performer) and the album is exceptional from the first song to the last. It is rather short in duration; however, the length is to the benefit of the listener (in that, you wish to listen to it again and again). Even the sequencing should be commended (i.e. beginning the album with one of Miguel's most popular records "Sure Thing"). Transitioning seamlessly from interludes ["Girl With The Tattoo Enter.lewd" which also greatly showcases Miguel's vocals and range a cappella] into a song such as "Pay Me" certainly took the latter track to a higher level for me personally than it once was held. "Teach Me" is an incredibly well written record with a strong hint/influence of Prince, and "My Piece" is ridiculous with its concept, production, vocal arrangement; Biggie influenced chant (untouchable, uncrushable), and infectious hook. I would have liked to see "Go" on the album and "Overload" make the cut in its entirety, but if you know of Miguel, you probably already have those specific records in your collection. In the end, I have to say that this is one of the most solid albums that I have heard in years - so much so that it is difficult to pick a favorite song (and there are definitely no tracks to skip - a rarity in music presently). Almost anyone can relate in some way, shape, or form to his lyrics with them being so personal and relatable that, whether male or female, you will definitely listen thinking that you may have even wrote a song or two yourself. They truly and simply do not make many albums like this anymore. Here is to years of great music to come from Miguel. This is certainly only just the beginning.

Csmith2012

Kapman,

Amazing!!!!!!! Every song is fire!!!

REFRESHING

killamawa,

great album!

About Miguel

Singer, songwriter, and producer Miguel spent a handful of years behind the scenes prior to his breakthrough as a Grammy-winning specialist in carnal pop-R&B ballads. When he was 16, the San Pedro, California native born Miguel Jontel Pimentel was involved with production company Drop Squad. Three years later, he was offered a slot in Fatty Koo, and even appeared on the R&B group's BET reality show, but he turned the position down and eventually signed with the Black Ice label. In 2006, "Getcha Hands Up!" was issued as a single, and its video aired on BET. An album, Young & Free, was planned for release with distribution from Universal, but it was never issued. By that point, he was becoming increasingly known in the underground through his collaborative work with Blu, Exile, and Daz-I-Kue.

Miguel signed a solo deal with Jive in 2007 and continued to work with underground and major-label artists. Most notably, he co-wrote Jaheim's "Finding My Way Back," nominated for the Best R&B Song Grammy award. In 2010, Usher's Raymond v. Raymond, featuring two songs he co-wrote, was issued just prior to his own "All I Want Is You," a Top Ten hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Parent album All I Want Is You followed that November and reached the Top Ten of the R&B Albums chart, as well as the Top 40 of the Billboard 200. "Sure Thing" (number one R&B, number 36 Billboard 200) and "Quickie" (number three R&B) sustained its success. Once Wale's Miguel-assisted Top 40 pop hit "Lotus Flower Bomb" was well on its way to a platinum certification, Miguel resumed solo output with a trilogy of three-song EPs dubbed Art Dealer Chic. These intermediary releases led to Kaleidoscope Dream in October 2012. The full-length was nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best Urban Contemporary Album, while "Adorn," his second number one R&B single, was nominated for three awards and won for Best R&B Song. The following year, the album's "How Many Drinks?" was nominated as well. "#Beautiful," a collaboration with Mariah Carey, was released in May 2013 and went platinum.

Appearances on albums by J. Cole, Big Sean, Jessie Ware, Santana, Ludacris, A$AP Rocky, and Hudson Mohawke preceded Miguel's third album, Wildheart, which was released in June 2015. Like his previous album, it debuted within the Top Five of the Billboard 200. Wildheart featured guest appearances by Kurupt and Lenny Kravitz and was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category. Collaborations including a duet with Dua Lipa, along with a few singles such as "2 Lovin U," produced by DJ Premier, and "Sky Walker," featuring Travi$ Scott, preceded the December 2017 release of War & Leisure. ~ David Jeffries & Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    San Pedro, CA
  • BORN
    October 23, 1986

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