Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Miguel ft. J Cole – All I Want Is You

He may have a surname, but I couldn’t find it…


Anthony Easton: The begging and pleading, the falsetto that drops into a grovel, and how I believe him when he says that he is exhausted — it almost works from beyond the hackneyed beats.

Al Shipley: If you’re gonna go ever so slightly leftfield with some trip hop noir on urban radio, you should make the tune stronger so it doesn’t just shrink into the background.

Martin Skidmore: The opening rap is clumsy and weak, but I rather like Miguel’s thin, high voice, and the hip-hop-era gentle funk music is likeable too. It’s a bit too laid-back in style at times, almost somnolent, and there are some weak moments, but overall I am interested in hearing more of him.

Jonathan Bogart: Salaam Remi’s standard clipped-soul production and Miguel’s creamy tone make this go down easy, but J Cole’s half-assed spitting doesn’t do relistens any favors. Just saying “Will Smith” in a grocery-bag cadence doesn’t mean you’ve said something clever, or even sensical.

Zach Lyon: It’s annoying how often hip-hop posturing gets in the way of a love song’s believability, but I guess they can’t all be Passin’ Me By. I had this problem here with J. Cole, who isn’t a feature as much as a collaborator, but I’ve warmed up to it. There’s a nice dichotomy between J and Miguel, a yin-yang before-after type of relationship that adds a bit of depth to the ordeal.

Mallory O’Donnell: Miguel’s a raw recruit, but he runs through a pretty impressive array of vocal techniques in his song (which he obligingly lets J Cole open and rudely interrupt): conversational sing-rap, Saadiq vibrato, long-missed Cali falsetto, a dip into Bobby Brown terrain and some awkward phrasing (I understand, Miguel. It’s hard to tell a girl how she smells, no matter how good). The beat and backing is excellent, too–just the right hints of jazz and forlorn guitar plucking, vaguely Latin and sad, LA rap cut across temporal and racial barriers. Languid and promising.

4 Responses to “Miguel ft. J Cole – All I Want Is You”

  1. Woulda put this in as an 8 or a 9 if you remove Cole’s part.

  2. I mean, how much better is this song than virtually any r&b/r&b+rap song out there at the moment? A lot.

  3. kinda agree with you there and i think it’s gonna get a lot of end-of-year critical love

  4. The sad thing about it, though, is that it isn’t actually a great song so much as a competent exemplar of what music used to sound like at a certain point, and just by doing that it really stands out.