Miguel, ‘Pineapple Skies’ | Track Review
Eclectic urban contemporary singer-songwriter Miguel continues to ‘get his shine on’ on “Pineapple Skies,” the third single from his fourth LP, ‘War & Leisure.’
There’s a breeze strong enough baby / Leave ya so high, ya feet won’t touch the ground / Can we look up, look up, baby? / There’s pineapple purple skies / Promise everything gon’ be alright.” After a two-year-plus hiatus, Miguel returns with his fourth studio album, War & Leisure (December 1). The alternative R&B / urban contemporary singer-songwriter’s previous album, Wildheart, thrived off of sex. Unfortunately, it didn’t have the same impact as Kaleidoscope Heart, an album that won Miguel a Grammy for Best R&B Song (“Adorn”). In advance of War & Leisure, as of yet, he’s dropped confirmed singles “Sky Walker,” “Told You So,” and “Pineapple Skies.”
“Pineapple Skies” continues the excellence that has preceded War & Leisure, particularly the groovy “Told You So.” Vocally, Miguel consistently exhibits exceptional energy, soulfulness, and swag. Artistically, he’s positioned as an artist who has no doubts about his musical niche. “Pineapple Skies” benefits from vintage pop and R&B cues. Like most of the music Miguel has released, the eclectic script is alive and well here.
“Backslide / Backslide (uh) / Gimme your bass line / Bass line / Oh, I wanna know / I wanna know / Wanna know / Wanna show you, alright / Everything gon’ be alright.”
In addition to style and vocal performance, “Pineapple Skies” benefits from a catchy chorus, as highlighted above. The biggest rub in regards to the song is length, which is closer to the five-minute mark. Ultimately, that’s a nitpick. All in all, Miguel continues to ‘get his shine on’ on “Pineapple Skies.” War & Leisure should be a good one.