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Wildheart

Miguel

Wildheart

Third album from the California R&B singer-songwriter and producer

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
RCA
UK Release date
29/06/2015
US Release date
29/06/2015
  1. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Emboldened by some miraculous mixture of fearlessness and self-doubt, Miguel collapses the idea of the soul singer as preacher, issuing extravagant edicts passed down from some remote higher power
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    It stands as one of the year's standout efforts
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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It is an album that shows that Miguel isn’t interested in repeating himself and that he’s one of the most exciting and unpredictable singers around
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  4. 8.9 |   Pitchfork

    The album soars with shiny guitar lines and sky-high vocals, which reflect the mythic possibilities of California and his hometown of L.A.
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  5. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Miguel writes nothing but memorable melodies and his songwriting is the engine that makes Wildheart all work, that takes his affinity for funk, psychedelia and Prince, and turns them an album that feels totally of the moment
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  6. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Wildheart is his finest and most stubborn statement yet — a provocative, swooning mess
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  7. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    It’s more potent and idiosyncratic than the attempts by umpteen other artists to graft the smeared dynamics of shoegazing indie on to contemporary R&B
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    While the reduction in lucid hooks and the uptick in wince-inducing lyrics diminish the album's appeal, the charms are hard to repel
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  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s much more evocative than Snoop’s recent celebration of LA; it may be meaningless but as meaningless experiences go, it’s up there
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    An impressive tour-de-force
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  11. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    An intoxicating master class in electro-porn R&B
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  12. 8.0 |   Spin

    The 13 tracks on Wildheart are stunning individually and hypnotic collectively
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  13. 8.0 |   NOW

    A beautiful, heady blend of fuzzy guitar, fading falsetto and vivid textures that contributes to a blurry (or smoggy) morning-after zone between mythology and reality
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  14. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Densely layered and richly rewarding, Wildheart is further evidence that Miguel suits his outsider status
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  15. 8.0 |   NME

    It’s often brilliant, with moments of melodic flair like ‘Coffee’ rubbing up against the unsettling Prince-in-hell nightmare ‘Flesh’
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  16. 8.0 |   Q

    A quixotic take on the R&B and rock landscape. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Beardfood

    Wildheart is a filthy, remarkable record of unexpected beauty
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  18. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    Wildheart is not like other hybrid experimental R&B. It’s more intoxicating and eccentric than the other blends of shoegazing indie mixed with contemporary R&B
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  19. 8.0 |   Clash

    The jury's out on whether Miguel's offerings as a whole are indeed superior to Ocean's, for now he should be content that they share a space at the pinnacle of genre-defining pop music
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  20. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Wildheart is a beautiful album from one of the most exciting and talented artists in music right now
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  21. 7.5 |   The 405

    Miguel's intentions have to be applauded. He could have settled into a career in the pop machine, but his mission to create has driven him down an auteur's path
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  22. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A magnificent, swirling epic of longing, love, and lust
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  23. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Wildheart sees Miguel expanding and refining his sound, and while not every experiment hits its mark, the result is an ambitious and moving album
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  24. 7.0 |   Crack

    The Hollywood corniness of the record is its greatest strength and its greatest downfall
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  25. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Wildheart is the sound of Miguel fully coming into his own identity. Now, we just have to wait for him to do something with it
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  26. 6.0 |   The FT

    Californian R&B singer’s third album includes standard pop-flavoured fare and southern hip-hop numbers
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  27. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Disposable fluff kills any momentum Miguel’s hedonistic tales could muster
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  28. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    Wildheart impresses in parts, and Miguel’s vocals are a thing to behold. For the most part, however, it’s a record that struggles to fully hold your attention
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  29. 4.0 |   The Music

    He toys with LA superficiality (Hollywood Dreams) and its inherent loneliness (What’s Normal Anyway), leaving Wildheart lacking much-needed cohesiveness
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