Halfway through his private performance at Joe's Pub in New York on Tuesday night (July 31), Miguel  kindly asked the men with seats closest to the club's tiny stage to relinquish their chairs and make way for some ladies up front. And then, when everyone thought he was joking, he asked again. "I'm serious," the R&B crooner deadpanned. When seats finally began to shuffle, Miguel ushered in the surprised females and offered, "Sorry. I'm not sorry!"
All of this came moments after Miguel played a new song built around the hook, "Tell me that that pussy is mine."
If Miguel's intimate showcase, timed to Tuesday's release of a three-song "preview" of his forthcoming sophomore album "Kaleidoscope Dream," sounds like a spectacle designed to seduce the ladies in attendance, well… that's because that's what Miguel does. Strutting onstage with a leather jacket covering a white tank top that had a woman's portrait covering his chest, the RCA artist kicked off an hour-long set highlighted by baby-making jams like an extended"Quickie," a quick rendition of his "Lotus Flower Bomb" hook and a futuristic take on his hit "All I Want Is You." But Miguel proved himself more well-rounded than the sly come-ons of his musical oeuvre, showcasing a fairly spectacular vocal range and getting the guys in the crowd to unabashedly groove along to his chart-topping single "Sure Thing."
During that song, Miguel leapt into the crowd, weaving through dinner tables and cheering fans in order to maximize the intensity of the cut's refrain. Earlier in the evening, the singer dialed things down for the socially conscious song "Candles in the Sun," which he described as carrying "a little more weight" than his other material. Both moments -- spontaneously brash and deliberately serious -- worked. Yet most impressively, the new material that Miguel performed on Tuesday night sounded more layered than the tracks on his 2010 debut "All I Want Is You." All three songs from "Kaleidoscope Dream: Water Preview," released to iTunes earlier that day, were performed, and the strobing bitterness of "Use Me" bounced winningly off of the upbeat crowd-pleaser "Adorn," Miguel's latest single which was saved for last.
The New York performance was sprinkled with cameras and streamed live  across the Web, but those in attendance recognized how special the private performance was. "Kaleidoscope Dream" is due out on Oct. 2, with another three-song preview, "Kaleidoscope Dream: Air Preview," coming on Sept. 11 and a music video for "Adorn" released on Tuesday. Miguel has two months to remind R&B fans that he's back, and with Tuesday's breakout performance, he's off to a terrific start.
Watch the "Adorn" video below:
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