Miguel - Art Dealer Chic Vol. 2
- Artist: Miguel
- EP: Art Dealer Chic Vol. 2
- Label: N/A
- Year of Release: 2012
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- Reviewed by: carlita on 2012-04-02
Frequently compared to another pioneer who dared to push the sexual envelope at his peak, Prince, it's safe to say Miguel is resurrecting the 80's R&B/rockstar persona. Images of Miguel leather-clad, surrounded by hot chicks potentially down with the groupie love concept and futuristic shades thoroughly support this hypothesis. It's been a while since someone has done so, so it's been entertaining to see thus far. Learning after the release of Art Dealer Chic Vol.1 that there will be two more free EPs for the fans, I eagerly awaited this next installment. Dropping teaser videos in a hoodie, vandal spray-painting phrases like "Sex Like Art" on a wall prior to Vol.2, this sensitive soul bad boy returned a few weeks later inspiring women to be sexual ballerinas, repping artistic "outcasts and weirdos" and lamenting his friend's Tiger Woods-like situation.
Obtaining Vol 2. on the Art Dealer Chic website, I had to enter my hopes and dreams in a questionnaire before being able to download the album. I suppose anyone could enter anything into that field but I answered honestly. Beginning the EP with Arch and Point, the song had a corresponding video of flashing laser rock show triangle images featuring a dancer whipping her hair in a latex hoop skirt contraption. Much like "Adorn" on Vol. 1, it took me a while to warm up to this song but now have this on repeat. The next track, All, admirably outlines his goals after experiencing some success with the rest of his life ahead.
I was rocking with him until the last track, Broads, which began with a chorus that I wasn't thrilled about, denouncing a snooping girlfriend who discovers there are others. As I was about to put my guard up completely, Miguel unexpectedly stopped the song to explain he wrote this song about a friend and provided the opportunity for the listener to write the verses to the song and send them in. Think it's great when other artists encourage further creativity but couldn't connect with a song that describes women as "f-in broads". Starting several conversations with others about this EP recently, all 3 songs point to the beautiful thing about art in general, that 20 different people can hear the same thing and have 20 different reactions. Miguel asks "don't you hear my passion?" I definitely did and am really curious about how this will end in Vol. 3 as now "I want it all".
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