After “Kaleidoscope Dream” in 2012, Miguel had been eagerly awaited by the crown and the critics. His second album received very good reviews when it was released and we all know that when this happens, the expectation for the next project turns to be very high.
He draws his own way for some years now, on a road that we could call “modern R&B” or PBR&B for the connoisseurs. He clearly perpetuates the sound heritage of Prince, by cleverly mixing R&B and rock music.
The lead single “Coffee (Fucking)” was shared already some months ago if we consider the first version that was featured on his EP “Wild”. The song is an efficient and powerful ballad, with a sensual crescendo and romantic lyrics. The singer didn’t promote the song that much (yet) but we definitely love it.
“Wildheart” embodies the daring of an ardent summer: Miguel’s LP is calibrated for the sunny days, and the carnal nights!
All the instrumentation of the album reflects this through omnipresent basses, dirty reverb and wet funky vibe. On the electro-sexy “The Valley”, Miguel is on fire and sings “I’m your pimp / I’m your pope / I’m your poster baby / Confess your sins to me while you masturbate”. With this track, “50 Shades of Grey” looks like a vulgar Disney movie. If you close your eyes, you can hear the river streaming between the valley of a hot girl’s legs. On the languid “Flesh”, he is a slave and is moaning all his desires.
Sometimes a lover, sometimes a macho, Miguel assumes his feelings, his needs and his drives. On the “Deal”, he shows off with money and “bitches” on a funky sweaty riff while on “Coffee”, he will prepare your breakfast after a sweet night of love.
The opener “A Beautiful Exit” compares life to a fast car on a sunny highway. In this metaphor, you can hear the convertible racing car flying on the sound of the bass. This is a Carpe Diem anthem, where Miguel tries to teach us to put ourselves into perspective: “All our problems were so extra small to astronauts”.
The album is not only a R&B album, it sounds a lot like rock music. “Waves” is the perfect Californian pop song on the album. Miguel is riding a girl a wave and is looking for a towel to dry his muscled body after the effort. “Leave” is clearly a pop song with an interesting progression based on a simple and heady guitar riff. Finally, Lenny Kravitz joins the singer on another pop rock song, the closer “Face The Sun”; together, they conclude that despite the fact that he is a sinner, he will always be faithful to his only one. He also proves on the way that he masters his high head voice.
With “Wildheart”, Miguel is a hot, romantic, wild and mature lover. He shares with us an album with sexual drives but also about emotions and intimacy. Moreover, he can boast about writing himself of all the songs from this third album. Miguel will give you the envy to rent a car and to make a road trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco. And the only stops you will allow yourself will be to savagely make love with your riding companion.