After years of taking a backseat to the ever-innovating genre of hip-hop, R&B is breaking some rules of its own, led by Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and, now, Miguel. "Kaleidoscope Dream" (ByStorm/RCA), the Los Angeles singer-songwriter's second album, crafts pieces of soul, EDM, rock and pop into a whole new brand of R&B. His resemblance to Prince goes beyond his ability to shift from growl to falsetto effortlessly. On "Candles in the Sun," he questions the existence of God and the motives of governments without losing the groove. On "Adorn," he styles a "Sexual Healing" for the new millennium. Miguel's "Dream" is a wake-up call to his R&B competitors to step up their game.
BOTTOM LINE Building a new R&B vision.