Miguel, Dorothy | The Vic | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Aug. 14, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: sold out
After releasing his third album, Wildheart (RCA/ByStorm), at the end of June, R&B singer Miguel retroactively gave Smashing Pumpkins front man and meme generator Billy Corgan a songwriting credit on “Leaves.” It appears he eventually recognized the similarities between his tune’s somber guitar melody and the one on the Pumpkins’ dramatic 1996 single “1979.” The acknowledgment certainly says more about Miguel’s grand ambitions to cross over into the arena-rock universe than it does about Corgan’s sensual songwriting. On Wildheart Miguel focuses on the moments shared by a couple (hypersexualized passion, sweet whispered nothings), but he elevates them for monstrous stages—which results in smoldering songs that can slay thousands as easily as they can set the scene for a crowd of two. The single “Coffee” encapsulates much of what makes the album so great. It’s got the magnetic pull of a potential new love as it seamlessly interweaves seductiveness with romantic precociousness, and makes Miguel’s tender story feel as real as the flesh he desires.
— Leor Galil



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