Kaleidoscope Dream is the second studio album by American R&B recording artist Miguel, released on September 25, 2012, by RCA Records. After attaining commercial standing with his 2010 debut album All I Want Is You, Miguel wanted to play a larger creative role in his music and principally produced and wrote Kaleidoscope Dream. He recorded most of the album at Platinum Sound Recording Studios in New York City and MJP Studios in Los Angeles, and worked with producers Warren “Oak” Felder, Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, and Salaam Remi, among others.
An idiosyncratic album, Kaleidoscope Dream features sparse production, eccentric details, thick bass lines, buzzing synthesizers, and hazy, reverbed sounds. Its music incorporates R&B, pop, funk, rock, and soul styles, as well as electronic flourishes, psychedelic textures, and funk rock guitar. Lyrically, the album generally discusses sexual and romantic themes, with existential subject matter on some songs. Miguel titled Kaleidoscope Dream as a metaphor for life and sought to represent his own lifestyle and personality with its music and lyrics.
Prior to its release, the album’s songs were previewed virally through a series of free digital EPs released by Miguel. It was also promoted with three singles, including Miguel’s highest charting single “Adorn”, and his touring in North America and Europe during 2012 to 2013. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 71,000 copies and, as of February 20, 2013, has sold 321,400 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Kaleidoscope Dream received rave reviews from music critics, who praised its eccentric style and Miguel’s singing and songwriting, and was named one of the best albums of 2012 in several publications’ year-end lists.