Miguel’s “Adorn” is no less than SPIN’s sixth favorite song of 2012, “a pure-oxygen burst of lithe, brash, absurdly winsome #sexualhealing” that sounds miraculous whatever the context. The Southern California-born singer proved that handily last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, reigning seductively supreme even in the presence of Jersey Shore survivors Snooki and JWOWW, plus Bill Maher.
Taking the stage in an exceedingly handsome hat, with a four-piece band backing him, Miguel makes excellence look effortless. He skips from side to side on the tips of his toes, howls in ecstasy, and beams small but powerful smiles out at the audience (who howl in return). Also, it should be noted that including the one he’s got tacked to his waist, Miguel is rocking at least four chainz, just doesn’t seem the least bit weighted down. This man is unflappable. Need further proof? Check the man out as he performs “Adorn” and other Kaleidoscope Dream standouts on Letterman, at an intimate secret show in New York, and for NPR’s decidedly unadorned Tiny Desk Concert series.