This release is incredible. Everyone knows how great the songs from Hamilton are, and letting these artists re-imagine them shows that they work as more than story telling devices in the show.
The production is great with some of the original Broadway backings used so the artists can give their own impression or interpretation of the originals. Where new songs have been created or tweaked, there are no missteps and actually helps keep the listen through fresh. This is a clever re-imagining of an already successful show and should help bring even more attention to it.
The lyricism is fantastic as Lin-Manuel crafted stunning rhymes from the original used in a lot of the tracks here. The new lines are all amazing with fantastic imagery and passion put into the messages of the songs. These tracks are put together with such a close eye on the precision of the craft that each of these feels almost brand new, despite there already being versions of a lot of them.
The selection of artists on here are fantastic. Each compliments the part they play on here in style and fits the need of the track perfectly. There are no problems at all with these features.
Overall, this is a really incredible showing of not only the talent of the artists, but how to put a release together. Lin-Manuel had a bright future after the musical release, but this will help solidify him as a future for music everywhere.
This album is a great testament to how much Joell Ortiz has grown musically. This is all crafted to work out brilliantly as a personnal story and as a musical project.
The production works well with the messages of each track and !llmind masterfully puts it together to work almost like a play, in different acts. Each beat does not take over the track and works well through the album to allow the emotions to feel natural. More of a balance of energy to emotional could make this even more cohesive, however it is very cohesive already and does not need it.
The lyricism is great and shows why Joell Ortiz is considered an elite lyricist. He weaves through great imagery and description to make rhymes that really speak to the listener. Maybe some more songs just to energise would be good to break up the emotions, however the tracks are still enjoyable and make great listening.
The features do a great job complimenting Joell Ortiz’s style. Each put in a great effort and make fantastic verses that blend well to make great songs. Some more singing may show that Ortiz can work with all kinds or artists, however he works well with who is on here to make songs that poeple enjoy hearing.
Overall, this is a very personal and intimate album that shows how Joell should not be considered an underdog in any sense. With !llmind handling the production, this project is a highlight of the year.