R&B star Miguel’s fourth project, War & Leisure, is filled with a free, rich voice, reverbed-out guitars, and ambitious songwriting. In War & Leisure, the artist exhibits his innermost Gemini as he smoothly interchanges between somber political themes and romantic and sunny dreams. For example, the socially conscious “Now” focuses on the current situation of immigration in the United States while the summer vibes “Told You So” is a reminder of the late Prince. It’s without question that Miguel has matured as an artist and songwriter; every song here is thoughtfully constructed. War & Leisure is Miguel at his freest as he soars to greater heights.
Score: 9 out of 10
War & Leisure
ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records