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Highly disappointing album
on 12 December 2012
After hearing Adorn on radio, the lead single from Kaleidoscope Dream, I decided to buy the album, as this song is one of the smoothest R&B songs I have heard in recent years, and it instantly reminded me of Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing, with a great falsetto vocal. I also heard the slow sensual track "How many drinks", and it seemed that this would be a top quality album. Big mistake, this is one of the most disappointing albums I have bought in recent years, especially considering how good Adorn sounded.
Apart from the 2 tracks mentioned earlier the rest of the CD is a confusing mishmash of pop, rock, alternative and psychedelia, mark my words this is definitely NOT an R&B album!!! Nothing wrong with melding styles like Prince did skilfully on his early albums, but the quality of some of the songs on this CD is quite poor, especially Don't Look Back. Also, there is no cohesion to the album and most tracks are self indulgent, taking too long to get started and quite meandering afterwards with no proper song structure. Having said that, the only other tracks that are just about acceptable to me are the Prince influenced Use Me with a memorable chorus, and title track Kaleidoscope dream which uses the sample Eminem used on My Name Is.
By trying to be too ambitious and artistic, Miguel missed an opportunity to make a great album, as he has quite a good voice. Do not believe the hype of the critics and numerous positive reviews, go and listen to samples of the whole album and you will see what I mean