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War & Leisure

Miguel

War & Leisure

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

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
RCA
UK Release date
01/12/2017
US Release date
01/12/2017
  1. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The crooner successfully strikes a balance between news cycle and bedroom
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  2. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Miguel wears War & Leisure’s looseness well, and even if he doesn’t reveal much of himself, he still has the charisma to pull the whole ensemble off
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  3. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    Miguel’s fourth album has a kinetic sexual and political energy. With less digital funk and more reverbed-out guitar, his R&B psychedelia for uncertain times shows his maturation as a songwriter
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  4. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Leisure is a coming-of-age record for the multi-talented Miguel. It suggests his songwriting will still be relevant once the screaming has stopped
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  5. 8.0 |   The FT

    A set of songs that picks its way lightly through a troubled world, a winning register for pop music
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  6. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    War & Leisure is less of a stylistic about-face than it is a subtle and deliberate course correction
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  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Though he enthusiastically pushes the boundaries of his sound and image on his most eclectic album yet, Miguel also takes care to make each of its tracks insatiably catchy and breezily fun
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The 80s are writ large on War & Leisure, which cribs its musical ambition and expansiveness from that era’s pop, rock and soul
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  9. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Somehow, Miguel successfully blends carefree R&B pop bops with a woke mentality … while giving you the glad eye. Magic
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  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    His voice, particularly when drowsily tossing out raps or soaring in its upper mid-range, is a beautiful instrument that always ties the groove together
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    A compelling collection of poptastic R&B tracks made to soundtrack your night out
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  12. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The L.A. soul explorer's fourth album creates a space where psych-funk splendor coexists with deep anxiety
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  13. 7.0 |   Crack

    If the world needs a musical mouthpiece for social justice, it could do a lot worse than the man currently vying for the title of Prince or Michael Jackson’s successor
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  14. 6.7 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    NEW Too much leisure, not enough war
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  15. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Ultimately easy to enjoy
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  16. 6.0 |   Q

    Miguel has been mentioned in the same breath as Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, but this album doesn't quite unlock such self-contained worlds. Print edition only

  17. 5.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    There’s a riot going on in there, somewhere, it’s just difficult ascertaining what exactly that riot is about, or why the listener should even bother trying to find it; the surface is good enough already
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