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Universal acclaim- based on 91 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 84 out of 91
  2. Negative: 6 out of 91

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  1. N10
    Nov 22, 2012
    Maybe the year's most pleasurable album. The songwriting is really good and vocally Miguel is amazing, and as a producer he works very well. Have heard about this guy for some months, and you can't deny that Miguel has talent, as an artist he's amazing and really creative. Have played this all day long since it's release, it's still as good as it were the first time, or even better. Entertained from beginning to end, the production fits Miguel's very dreamy voice perfectly.
    One of the best releases this year, it's truely a strong year for R&B. Miguel has a wonderful voice that few has, and from a artistic view you better check this dude out. Unlike everything that's released this year.
    Recommend this strongly!
  2. Duu
    Feb 5, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. On this album, Miguel embodies the idea of the singer as musician in a way that few other american singers do, and that puts him in a class above most singers of popular music. As for numbers: 9 out of 11 total songs are good and no fewer than 5 are undeniably excellent songs (even if it is not your cup of tea). There is nothing that sounds like this album out. This was a coup. The sung melodies are outstanding, catchy, and seem effortless for most of the album except the song "The Thrill", which is meticulously sung and sonically challenging. This is a masterfully crafted album and a huge statement that the new generation of R&B acts are joining the popular music conversation of today. Expand
  3. Oct 5, 2012
    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!
  4. Oct 5, 2012
    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.
  5. Oct 5, 2012
    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!

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
    He, like his album, works best in its woozier, hushed moments.
  3. Dec 11, 2012
    On his impressive second album, the LA-born R&B auteur offers fresh options for mainstream urban pop. [Jan 2013, p.110]