Wildheart (Deluxe)


Jun 14, 2019

Miguel takes us on a musical journey of pleasure and ecstasy

Miguel Jontel Pimentel has been on the music scene since 2004, however, he did not get the proper recognition he deserved until 2012, when he released his single “Adorn” off the Kaleidoscope Dream album. The San Pedro native is also a well accomplished songwriter and producer. He released his debut album All I Want Is You in November 2010, under Jive records. Though the album was successful enough to put him on the map, it was not exactly a break out album. It debuted at 109 on Billboard 200 and sold over 11,000 copies in the first week. Miguel’s unique style and voice has caused people to compare him to legends like Prince and Babyface. He assimilates funk, R&B, Hip hop, electronic music and rock. His second studio album Kaleidoscope Dream performed much better on the charts, debuting at number 3 on the Billboard 200. He left Jive Records and moved to RCA Records where e was allowed to have more creative freedom and this proved to be the right choice for Miguel. He solidified his place as an R&B artist, the Grammy nominated was centered mainly around sex and romance. On the 29th of June 2015, Miguel released his third studio album Wildheart. On this project he deviated from his R&B origins a little bit and delved more into soft rock and psychedelic music. The album focused mainly on sexuality and morality, the musical production and lyrics went beyond what is expected from an R&B artist. Though contemporary music and pop culture seem to be sex obsessed, Wildheart focuses on sex as a more sensual experience not as a part of the random hookup culture. Miguel said to an RCA record executive “I want everyone to know I am wild, funny, edgy and love women. I need this album to connect” and true to his word, he delivered. He proved to be a true musical musical genius on the album, his unconventional approach to the melody was described as a unique blend of “grinding guitars and mechanical beats” by Allmusic’s Andy Kellman. Sheldon Pierce from Consequence of sound described the music as ranging from “psychedelic to interstellar”. The music was indeed out of this world and the album definitely deserved the two Grammy nominations it received. Pitchfork compared Miguel to a modern day Al Green. Wildheart was highly critically acclaimed, according to Metacritic it scored 84/100 based on 27 reviews. He collaborated with artists like Kurupt and Lenny Kravitz and with producers like with Benny Cassette, Cashmere Cat, Benny Blanco, and Salaam Remi, though Miguel handled most of the production on the album. On “…gotohell” he sings about human morality and willing to risk the promise of a paradise for his lover who is his paradise on earth. The electric guitar trills, strumming pattern and chords make the song more edgy and captivating. The song has a punk/soft rock vibe, which is quite unusual for an R&B artist but Miguel constantly proves throughout the album that he is anything but a regular R&B artist. He has not only grown as a singer and producer but also as a songwriter. On “…gotohell” he sings “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”. With over a decade of experience in writing, he has been able to hone his writing skills. In the past he contributed to the work of famous artists like Usher and Asher Roth.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension

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