ARTIST: Original Broadway Cast Soundtrack
YEAR RELEASED: 2015
CHART ACTION: #3 US, #1 Rap, #69 UK
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Alexander Hamilton is the one everyone has seen, but there will be a lot of these songs entering the vernacular soon, especially Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
LINEUP: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Jonathan Groff, Anthony Ramos, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onadowan, and others
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The soundtrack to the phenomenon of a musical holds up outside of the concept of the stage.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: You never know with soundtracks to musicals if the songs will hold up outside of the context of the play and its staging. One thing about Hamilton is that while the songs all fit in the narrative, with few stand alones that can be sung as standards, listening to the entire soundtrack gives you the ENTIRE narrative (or at least 95% of it).
Seeing this staged, with the sets, extras, and choreography is obviously the way to go, but since most of us don’t have a spare four or five figures to do so at this time, this will suffice. It’s a brilliant mix of show tunes, rap and modern production. I can’t recommend it high enough.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This is the highest charting cast album since 1963.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A: You’ll want to play this again and again.