Who is Miguel? His name may not be on everyone's lips but chances are you've heard his sleeper hit with one of this year's most buzzed about rappers, J. Cole, "All I Want Is You" or one of his contributions on Usher's last two albums. With his debut release All I Want Is You Miguel is taking a different approach than the slew of R&B male singers that rely on their sexual appeal as much as their music. Miguel knows how to craft an interesting R&B song with his words and understands how to blend his vocal tone with the diverse production on his debut.
All I Want Is You is an eclectic mix of hip-hop, rock, funk, and electronica with R&B as the base. Miguel's voice is silky-smooth within each sound making each track solid on its own. The title single is definitely not indicative of the sound listeners will hear on the album; however, "All I Want Is You" is the stand-out track with a minimalist hip-hop production by Salaam Remi and Miguel's solid yet pleading vocals. Next to "All I Want Is You" my personal favorite is "Sure Thing" where Miguel uses punchline lyrics such as "writer babe/you could be the quote/if I'm the lyric baby/you could be the note/record that/saint, I'm a sinner/prize, I'm a winner" to create the melody over a soft beat. All I Want Is You provides something for everyone: the reggae infused "Quickie"; the hip-pop "Girls Like You" (that features lyrical melody from No Doubt's Don't Speak); the euro-pop "Pay Me"; and the jazz flavored sexual come-on "Vixen". Miguel pays his respects to his 2008 mixtape Mischief the Mixtape with "Overload Enterlewd" that at only 32 seconds leaves you wanting more.
Miguel is staking his claim in the music industry with All I Want Is You and his sound is a much appreciated break in the blatant sexuality of some his peers. After playing All I Want Is You all the way through listeners will definitely recognize Miguel's voice, songwriting, and so much more.