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Hamilton

Album Review of Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording
Posted on January 31, 2016 by James Shults

Release Date: October 16, 2015

Artist: Various Artists

Overall Rating: Good

The official soundtrack to the 2015 hit musical Hamilton tells the story of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.

The Good

Hamilton is an accessible, biographical musical that takes a convoluted topic and delivers an inspired, hip-hop tinged take on a somewhat forgotten historical icon. There’s a lot to take away from Hamilton. Most notable are the tracks “Cabinet Battle #1” and “Cabinet Battle #2”, two cabinet meetings presented as rap battles between Alexander Hamilton and his opponents.

The Bad

Because this is the soundtrack to the musical, there’s a big component missing here. This music was meant to be performed on a stage. The magic isn’t completely lost with the soundtrack but you do get the feeling that you’re missing out.

The Ugly

Hamilton is a sprawling biography. It hits all the big moments of Alexander Hamilton’s life. It’s not a bad thing, necessarily. It’s what you expect. In that way, it’s like most other biographies. However, while Hamilton is not a completely pointed story it’s certainly a poignant one.

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