♫ Miguel feat. J. Cole – All I Want Is You
Just when you thought that R&B music was getting boring amid an array of pop-dance tracks, Miguel brings something fresh but familiar on his much anticipated debut album, All I Want Is You, which hit stores Tuesday, November 30th.
You may think that Miguel is new to the scene, and with good reason. But at the tender age of 24, he’s already worked with some of the industries biggest heavyweights, including lending his pen to Mary J. Blige and Musiq Soulchild, as well as co-writing some of the dopest tracks on Usher’s last offering, Raymond vs. Raymond. Before signing to Jive back in 2007, the Los Angeles native of black and Mexican descent was already a well sought, hot commodity on MySpace, with a great catalog of material and a solid fanbase.
When setting out to create All I Want Is You, Miguel tapped a small, intimate team of producers, including The Fisticuffs, Salaam Remi, State of Emergency, Dre & Vidal and Happy Perez. The album sails through a myriad of organic sounds, where Miguel cites inspirations such as Prince, David Bowie, Phil Collins and Donny Hathaway, which is readily apparent with his vocals and sounds in the music.
Miguel knows where his talent lies, not resting on a bunch of features on the album – the only song with a guest spot is the album’s lead single and title track, “All I Want Is You,” which features RocNation signee J. Cole. The rest of the album just finds Miguel doing what he does best, offering raw, emotional vocals with lyrics that truly paint pictures and tell stories, like on the pulsating “Teach Me,” where you may find yourself reminiscing like it’s 1982 and you’re jamming out to Prince’s “Little Red Corvette.”
All I Want Is You is cool, refreshing, but full of timeless gems like, “Vixen,” a ballad where Miguel wails over a simple, echo-y horn section, cooing, “You could be my vixen, my bed will be your stage/We will take the spotlight, all night/Each and every time we play…” But he’ll also get the party jumping with uptempo cuts like the hard-hitting “Pay Me.”
Miguel’s first album is arguably one of the best R&B albums to drop in 2010, so it’s no wonder he’s been tapped to open for Usher and Trey Songz on Usher’s OMG Tour this year. The album is sure to offer a little something for everyone, and All I Want Is You is definitely going to become something like a cult classic. You’ll bump it all the way through, the same way you did Teedra Moses’ Complex Simplicity.