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War & Leisure is the fourth studio album by American singer Miguel, released on December 1, 2017, through RCA Records.[4][5] The album was preceded by the release of the first single: "Sky Walker" featuring Travis Scott. The album features further guest appearances from Rick Ross, Quiñ, Kali Uchis, J. Cole and Salaam Remi, with production led by Miguel himself, alongside a variety of contributors including Happy Perez, Steve Mostyn, David Andrew Sitek. Detail, Raphael Saadiq, Jeff Bhasker, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis and Remi, among others.

War & Leisure
A man wearing a colorful shirt with dress clothes appears to be in the center of a sand wall background
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
Studio
Genre
Length48:02
Language
Label
Producer
Miguel chronology
Wildheart
(2015)
War & Leisure
(2017)
Singles from War & Leisure
  1. "Sky Walker"
    Released: August 24, 2017
  2. "Told You So"
    Released: November 3, 2017
  3. "Come Through and Chill"
    Released: April 10, 2018[3]

BackgroundEdit

He describes the album as having "political undertones, because that’s what life feels like right now".[6] He also announced that a Spanish version of the album is in the works.[7]

Release and promotionEdit

An early version of the song "Come Through and Chill" was uploaded to Miguel's SoundCloud page on June 23, 2016. It did not feature vocals by J. Cole, but ended up on the final version.[8][9]

The album's lead single, "Sky Walker", featuring American rapper Travis Scott was released on August 24, 2017.[10][11] The song charted at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Miguel's second-highest charting single as a lead artist since 2012's "Adorn".[12] The song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was also certified gold by Music Canada (MC), becoming Miguel's first certified single in that country.

"Told You So", was released on November 3, 2017, as the second single from the album.[13]

Miguel partnered with Revolve Impact and headlined in Schools Not Prisons, along with other partners in late 2017 to spread awareness of the overuse of mass incarceration in California.[14] Footage from his Adelanto stop was used in the music video for "Now".[15][16] He premiered medleys of "Criminal", "City of Angels", and "Now" on the tour.

Promotional singlesEdit

The track "Pineapple Skies" was released on November 17, 2017, as a promotional single from the album.[17][18][19]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.6/10[20]
Metacritic81/100[21]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [22]
The A.V. ClubB+[23]
Consequence of SoundB+[24]
Exclaim!8/10[25]
The Guardian     [2]
The Irish Times     [26]
NME     [27]
Pitchfork8.1/10[28]
Rolling Stone     [1]
Slant Magazine     [29]

War & Leisure was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 81 based on 19 reviews.[21] Reviewing for The Observer, Kitty Empire noted the record's musical daring and scope, while writing that "Miguel's versatility and sureness of touch recall that of [Michael] Jackson in his pomp".[30] Robert Christgau was less enthusiastic in his capsule-review column for Vice, citing "City of Angels" and "Sky Walker" as highlights while finding the album overall to be "more leisurely than the title might make you hope, believe, or fear".[31]

Commercial performanceEdit

War & Leisure debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200 and topped the Billboard US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with sales 40,000 album-equivalent units in its first week of release.[32] On January 24, 2019, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of 500,000 units in the United States.[33]

Track listingEdit

War & Leisure[34]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Criminal" (featuring Rick Ross)
  • Sitek
  • Miguel
4:34
2."Pineapple Skies"4:41
3."Sky Walker" (featuring Travis Scott)
  • Happy Perez
  • Miguel
4:19
4."Banana Clip"
  • Pimentel
  • Steve Mostyn
  • Miguel
  • Mostyn
3:21
5."Wolf" (featuring Quiñ)
  • Saadiq
  • Sir Dylan[b]
3:29
6."Harem"
  • Pimentel
  • Perez
  • Perez
  • Miguel
3:13
7."Told You So"
  • Miguel
  • Perez
  • Bhasker
3:10
8."City of Angels"
  • Pimentel
  • Perez
  • Perez
  • Miguel
4:18
9."Caramelo Duro" (featuring Kali Uchis)
  • Mostyn
  • Miguel
3:33
10."Come Through and Chill" (featuring J. Cole and Salaam Remi)Remi5:22
11."Anointed"
3:53
12."Now"
  • Miguel
  • Perez
4:09
Total length:48:02

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer.

Sample credits

PersonnelEdit

Musicians[35]

  • Miguel – lead artist
  • Rick Ross – featured artist (track 1)
  • Travis Scott – featured artist (track 3)
  • Quiñ – featured artist (track 5)
  • Kali Uchis – featured artist (track 9), background vocals (track 9)
  • J. Cole – featured artist (track 10)
  • Salaam Remi – featured artist (track 10)

Technical[35]

  • Miguel - production (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6-9, 12), instrumentation (tracks 1, 3-8, 11, 12), programming (tracks 3, 6-8, 12), guitar (tracks 6, 7, 10, 12), keyboards (track 7), engineering (track 11)
  • Salaam Remi - production (track 10), co-production (track 2), bass (track 10), drums (track 10), keyboards (track 10)
  • David Andrew Sitek – production (track 1), instrumentation (track 1)
  • Noel "Detail" Fisher – production (track 2), engineering (track 2)
  • Happy Perez – production (tracks 3, 6-8, 12), instrumentation (tracks 3, 6-8, 12), programming (tracks 3, 6-8, 12), guitar (tracks 3, 6-8, 12), keyboards (tracks 3, 7)
  • Steve Mostyn – production (tracks 4, 9), instrumentation (track 4)
  • Raphael Saadiq – production (track 5), instrumentation (track 5)
  • Jeff Bhasker – production (track 7), instrumentation (track 7), programming (track 7), guitar (track 7), keyboards (track 7)
  • Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis – production (track 11), instrumentation (track 11)
  • Sidney Swift – co-production (track 2)
  • Arden "Keyz" Altino – co-production (track 11), keyboards (track 11)
  • Eyal Federman – co-production (track 2)
  • Sir Dylan – additional production (track 5), instrumentation (track 5)
  • David Davis – bass programming (track 1), drums (track 6), additional guitars (track 12), engineering (tracks 1-4, 6, 7, 9, 12), additional engineering (track 5, 11), mixing (track 1, 3, 4, 6, 12)
  • Rogét Chahayed – instrumentation (track 3), keyboards (track 3)
  • Ronald "RJ" Kelly – drums (track 4)
  • Bobby Avila – additional instrumentation (track 4)
  • Izzy Avila – additional instrumentation (track 4)
  • Jayme Silverstein – bass (track 7)
  • Bernard Grobman – additional guitar (track 11)
  • Brandyn Porter – additional guitar (track 11)
  • Gleyder "Gee" Disla – engineering (tracks 2, 10), mixing (track 10)
  • Hotae Alexander Jang – engineering (track 5)
  • Alex Williams – engineering (track 8)
  • Serge Tsai – engineering (track 11)
  • Bo Bodnar – engineering assistance (tracks 1-3, 6, 7, 12)
  • Chad Gordon – engineering assistance (tracks 1-3)
  • Cousin – engineering assistance (track 1)
  • Joshua Adams – engineering assistance (track 2)
  • Roberto Moreno – engineering assistance (track 4), mixing assistance (track 12)
  • Chaz Sexton – engineering assistance (track 6)
  • William Delaney VI – engineering assistance (tracks 7, 12)
  • Michael Peterson – engineering assistance (tracks 9, 12), mixing assistance (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6)
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing (track 2)
  • Bobby Campbell – mixing (tracks 5, 11)
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing (track 7)
  • Christian Plata – mixing (tracks 8, 9)
  • Gerry Brown – mixing (track 11)
  • David Nakaji – mixing assistance (track 2)
  • Ben Milchev – mixing assistance (track 2)
  • Scott Moore – mixing assistance (track 5)
  • Michael Freeman – mixing assistance (track 7)
  • Geoff Swan – mixing assistance (track 7)
  • Joseph Valdovinos – mixing assistance (tracks 8, 9)
  • Wesley Seidman – mixing assistance (track 11)
  • Casey Cuayo – mixing assistance (track 11)
  • Wayne Barrow – associate production
  • Mike Bozzi – mastering
  • Randy Merrill – mastering (track 3)

Miscellaneous

  • Miguel - A&R, executive production
  • Mark Pitts – A&R, executive production
  • Leticia Hilliard – A&R coordination
  • Jordan Feldstein – management
  • Elena Awbrey – management
  • Erwin Gorostiza – creative direction (RCA)
  • Brian Roettinger – art direction, design
  • Timothy Saccenti – photography
  • Van Van Alonso – styling
  • Nadia Mohammadpour – grooming
  • Heath Mattioli – set design
  • Annee Elliot – shoot production

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[44] Gold 500,000 

^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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