Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. He's major now, and musically, this locks in top to bottom.
  2. Dec 21, 2012
    90
    He, like his album, works best in its woozier, hushed moments.
  3. Nov 28, 2012
    90
    Kaleidoscope Dream is a statement that Miguel has arrived.
  4. Oct 16, 2012
    88
    The singer with the feathery falsetto creates a fluid, dreamscape environment that floats across eras with a connoisseur's discerning feel for the telling detail.
  5. Oct 9, 2012
    91
    Kaleidoscope Dream will almost surely attract comparisons to another recent R&B album with its own amiable internal logic, Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, and not unfairly, given that both are uniformly excellent.
  6. Oct 4, 2012
    84
    It's respectful of tradition, quietly ambitious, and deeply personal, a wonderfully considered album from an artist who was starting to seem a lot like a forgotten gem in the wake of mishandled promotion.
  7. Oct 4, 2012
    90
    Miguel has impeccable songwriting chops and a deceptively supple voice, not to mention total command of both.
  8. Oct 4, 2012
    90
    There are instances where the lyrical content edges too close to "artsy" teenage erotic poetry, but no song is without an attractive quality, whether it's a heavenly melody, a riveting rhythm, or a boggling production nuance.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 5, 2012
    10
    This is really unlike anything you ever listened to, even if you are not a fan of R&B (like me) you are probably going to enjoy this just from an artistic and interesting point of view. Check it out! Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2012
    10
    Oh my!!! What a beautiful album. This will definitely compete with Frank Ocean's - Channel Orange for best R&B album of the year. Production is awesome and songs are well written and sang. I feel R&B could be making an amazing come back! Full Review »
  3. Oct 5, 2012
    9
    Very smooth and strong at the same time. It's the true R&B that was (how we could see) lost a long time ago. Kaleidoscope Dream is great from de beginning until the end. Full Review »