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Wildheart is the third studio album by American R&B singer and songwriter Miguel. It was released on June 29, 2015, by RCA Records and ByStorm Entertainment.

Wildheart
Miguel - WILDHEART.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 29, 2015
Genre
Length46:25
Label
Producer
Miguel chronology
Kaleidoscope Dream
(2012)
Wildheart
(2015)
War & Leisure
(2017)
Singles from Wildheart
  1. "Coffee"
    Released: May 4, 2015
  2. "Simple Things"
    Released: October 16, 2015[1]

The album was produced by Miguel with Benny Cassette, Cashmere Cat, Benny Blanco, and Salaam Remi, among others. Certain songs found him collaborating with fellow singer Lenny Kravitz and rapper Kurupt. The music departed further from Miguel's R&B roots with rock styles such as psychedelic and new wave, as well as lyrical themes that explore morality, normalcy, and sexuality.

Wildheart charted at number two on the Billboard 200 while selling 40,500 copies in its first week. It was a widespread critical success and earned Miguel two Grammy Award nominations, including one in the category of Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

In an interview with MTV, RCA Records executive Mark Pitts discussed Miguel's recording of Wildheart. "He's more confident, and it’s going to show in the music, his look and in the videos", Pitts said. "Miguel is ready to push the button. His first album was about trials and tribulations. The second was OK, we’re here; I wasn’t bugging. And now it’s here we go. He wants people to understand who he is. He’s tired of people asking who are you, what’s that, 'do you like girls?' He tells me, 'I want everyone to know I am wild, funny, edgy and love women. I need this album to connect'".[2]

Music and lyricsEdit

Throughout [Wildheart], Miguel comes off as a seeker lost in a world where dreams, religion, sex and art are tangled up with their own dark, addictive mirror images.

Rolling Stone[3]

According to AllMusic's Andy Kellman, Wildheart's music is defined less by melody than by the presence of "grinding guitars and mechanical beats", played in the style of contemporary R&B and new wave rock.[4] Sheldon Pearce from Consequence of Sound said the album's neo soul music ranges from "psychedelic to interstellar" sounds while defying the "traditional sensibilities in modern R&B".[5]

According to journalist Robert Christgau, Wildheart shares more with rock music's recurring theme of struggles with normalcy and human contradiction than it does with R&B's "sin-versus-salvation struggles".[6] Jon Pareles from The New York Times believed the alluring but amoral environment of California is a recurring setting throughout the record, which explores Miguel's "clashing impulses further" than Kaleidoscope Dream (2012), "toward love and death, raunch and exaltation, doubt and confidence, salvation and damnation, cynicism and hope";[7] "Gonna Die Young" was written about the dangers of leading a risky lifestyle, while "...Goingtohell" explores themes of human mortality and romance. Sex-themed songs range from the wholesome narrative of "Coffee" to the pornographic "The Valley",[6] which makes reference to the San Fernando Valley's adult entertainment industry.[7] According to Pareles, the rock ballad "What's Normal Anyway" serves as the crux of Wildheart, as it finds Miguel contemplating his biracial heritage and feeling of rootlessness,[7] while Christgau surmised that the song's "straightforwardly confused" lyrics properly outline Miguel's character: "He is normal—because he ain't."[6]

Release and promotionEdit

In 2014, Miguel released an EP, titled Wild, in promotion of Wildheart, featuring the songs "NWA", "Hollywood Dreams", and "Coffee".[8] The lead single from the album was a re-worked version of the EP's track "Coffee", renamed as "Coffee (Fucking)", featuring guest vocals from American rapper Wale;[9] it was released on May 4, 2015.[10] Wildheart was released on June 29 by RCA Records and ByStorm Entertainment.[11] In its first week, the album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and sold 40,500 copies in the United States.[12]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.6/10[13]
Metacritic84/100[14]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
The A.V. ClubB[15]
The Daily Telegraph     [16]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[17]
The Guardian     [18]
NME8/10[19]
Pitchfork8.9/10[20]
Rolling Stone     [21]
Spin8/10[22]
ViceA−[6]

Wildheart was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 84, based on 27 reviews.[14]

Reviewing the album for Rolling Stone, Will Hermes found it "even bolder" sonically than Kaleidoscope Dream,[21] while Q deemed Miguel's take on R&B and rock "quixotic".[23] In Entertainment Weekly, Kyle Anderson called Miguel's lyrics about romance and thrill in Los Angeles both exciting and balanced,[17] while Pitchfork's Anupa Mistry felt he had improved his songwriting with a sex-positive perspective that was distinct from the lustfulness of most other R&B music: "Languorous and detailed, it transcends the genre's established narratives with a focus on pleasure and partnership instead of one-sided pursuit".[20] Jesse Cataldo of Slant Magazine compared it to D'Angelo's socially conscious album Black Messiah (2014), finding Wildheart to be "just as relevant, acknowledging the complicated realities of modern sexuality while pushing to expand its horizons".[24] In a less enthusiastic review, NME critic Ben Cardew lamented some of the guitar elements, writing that they occasionally sounded heavy handed in the manner of arena rock.[19] Kyle Fowle from The A.V. Club deemed "Face the Sun" a failed attempt at rock and "What's Normal Anyway" too blunt of a "self-love message" amidst the more subtle songs,[15] while Spin's Andrew Unterberger found the album somewhat inferior to Kaleidoscope Dream, even though he said it broadened that record's musical variety.[22]

At the end of 2015, Wildheart was named the year's best album by Time magazine.[25] On other year-end lists, it was ranked 11th best by The Guardian,[26] eighth best by Pitchfork,[27] and 28th best by Rolling Stone, who said it was both one of 2015's best R&B and psychedelic rock albums.[3] Wildheart was also nominated for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album, while "Coffee" was nominated in the category of Best R&B Song.[28]

Track listingEdit

Standard version[29]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)[30]Length
1."A Beautiful Exit"
  • Miguel
  • Happy Perez
3:04
2."Deal"
4:17
3."The Valley"
  • Pimentel
  • Brian Warfield
  • Maclean Robinson
  • Miguel
  • Fisticuffs
3:05
4."Coffee"
Miguel4:46
5."NWA" (featuring Kurupt)3:34
6."Waves"
  • Pimentel
  • Perez
  • Miguel
  • Perez
3:22
7."What's Normal Anyway"
  • Pimentel
  • Ricki G
  • Mostyn
  • Colson
  • Oakwud
  • Steve Mostyn
  • Flippa
3:13
8."Hollywood Dreams"
  • Pimentel
  • Warfield
  • Robinson
  • Miguel
  • Fisticuffs
3:16
9."Destinado a Morir (Enter.lewd)"PimentelMiguel1:19
10."...Goingtohell"4:04
11."Flesh"
  • Miguel
  • Paul
  • Saadiq[a]
4:29
12."Leaves"
  • Oakwud
  • Steve Mostyn
  • Pop Wansel
  • Flippa
3:22
13."Face the Sun" (featuring Lenny Kravitz)
Remi4:32
Total length:46:25

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
  • "Deal", "NWA" and "Flesh" are stylized in all upper-case letters. All other tracks, except "Hollywood Dreams" and "Simple Things", are stylized in all lower-case letters.

PersonnelEdit

Credits are adapted from AllMusic.[33]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[34] 8
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[35] 10
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[36] 88
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[37] 16
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[38] 93
UK Albums (OCC)[39] 31
US Billboard 200[40] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[41] 2

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/simple-things-remix-feat-chris-brown-future-single/1048246045?l=fr
  2. ^ "Miguel's New Album Tentatively Called Wild Heart | News". Pitchfork. 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  3. ^ a b "Miguel, 'Wildheart' - 50 Best Albums of 2015". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Wildheart – Miguel". AllMusic. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  5. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (June 29, 2015). "Miguel – Wildheart". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d Christgau, Robert (August 14, 2015). "Welcome to Expert Witness, a New Weekly Column by the Dean of American Rock Critics". Vice. New York. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Pareles, Jon (June 29, 2015). "Review: Miguel's 'Wildheart' Features R&B and Clashing Impulses". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  8. ^ Adumere, Irede (July 15, 2015). "The musings of a 'Wildheart' called Miguel". Pulse.ng. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "New Music: Miguel "Coffee (Fing)" Featuring Wale". YouKnowIGotSoul.com. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "iTunes – Music – Coffee (F***ing) [feat. Wale] – Single by Miguel". iTunes. 2015-05-04. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  11. ^ Gordon, Jeremy (June 16, 2015). "Miguel Shares Wildheart Tracks "...goingtohell", "FLESH", "face the sun"". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Hernandez, Victoria (July 8, 2015). "Hip Hop Album Sales: Meek Mill, Kendrick Lamar & Vince Staples". HipHopDX. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "Wildheart by Miguel reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Wildheart by Miguel". Metacritic. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  15. ^ a b Fowle, Kyle (June 30, 2015). "Miguel seduces and soothes on Wildheart". The A.V. Club. Chicago. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  16. ^ Brown, Helen (June 27, 2015). "Miguel, Wildheart, review: 'a journey in texture and tempo'". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  17. ^ a b Anderson, Kyle (June 30, 2015). "'Wildheart' by Miguel: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. New York. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  18. ^ Petridis, Alexis (June 25, 2015). "Miguel: Wildheart review – a genuine one-off finds his signature style". The Guardian. London. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
  19. ^ a b Cardew, Ben (June 19, 2015). "Miguel – 'Wildheart'". NME. London. Archived from the original on June 23, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
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  21. ^ a b Hermes, Will (June 30, 2015). "Wildheart". Rolling Stone. New York. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  22. ^ a b Unterberger, Andrew (June 30, 2015). "Review: Miguel's 'WILDHEART' Is a Grower, Not a Shower". Spin. New York. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  23. ^ Q. London (September): 113. 2015.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
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  27. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". Pitchfork. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  28. ^ "Grammys 2016 Preview: The Weeknd, D'Angelo and More Soulful Singers Nominated for Best R&B Song and Best Urban Contemporary Album". Billboard. February 13, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
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  32. ^ http://tower.jp/item/3936099/ワイルドハート
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  41. ^ "Miguel Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2015.

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