Miguel has always been a favourite of ours, and two years after the release of Wildheart, we’ve been blessed with a brand new album full of imaginative themes, distinct musical arrangements and a classic Miguel flair.
War and Leisure proves to be a perfect name for this album with the imagery of war and love perfectly laced throughout the entire album
Songs such as “Now” act as an unapologetic, yet mild political statement, highlighting social inequity and political injustice, while songs such as “Criminal” and “Banana Clip” use weaponry and war as symbolic representations of the power and strength of love in a chaotic society.
On the contrary, Miguel ensures to keep the party spirit alive with songs such as “Caramelo Duro” featuring Kali Uchis acting as a lively and playful addition to the album through use of latin influence and sweet (literally) sexual innuendo. Meanwhile, songs such as “Pineapple Skies” combine tropical vibes with a psychedelic funk to create an upbeat and light track that’s a real album highlight.
Songs such as “Come Through and Chill” featuring J. Cole and renowned producer, Salaam Remi prove to showcase more of the sensual and soulful Miguel that we’ve loved in previous albums with its smooth guitar, relaxed vocals and touch of rap to perfect the track. Additionally, songs such as “Wolf” or “Harem” continue to showcase an inventive sound with deep percussion, escalating vocals and trance-like guitar riffs that give the album the rock and roll edge that Miguel is always sure to work into his tracks.
Overall, War and Leisure proves to be an innovative and creative work with Prince-like vibes, powerful lyrics and experimental musical styling that are sure to top the charts.