Hamilton (2015) by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

Since it will probably be years until I can see the smash-hit musical Hamilton (with it seemingly being sold out for forever!), I decided to check out the soundtrack so I could see what all the fuss was about. And let me tell you, the fuss is well-deserved. Lin-Manuel Miranda, a recent recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, fulfills the genius title with his creative and amazing lyrics and music. Every time I listened to some of the songs, I would remark to someone near me how much of a genius Lin-Manuel Miranda is, to have come up with something so brilliant.
Hamilton follows the life story of a founding father, Alexander Hamilton. I really knew nothing about his life, but after listening to the soundtrack, I realized he had an extremely fascinating story. From fighting in the Revolutionary War and becoming Treasury Secretary, to battling with Jefferson over the government and dueling with an old friend, Alexander Hamilton lived quite the life. The story is told mainly in song, with an emphasis on, surprisingly, rap (the rap battles between Hamilton and Jefferson are epic!)
The soundtrack is two discs, so you are able to follow most of the story, even without seeing the musical. There are many standout songs, but two of my favorites are “You’ll Be Back”, which is basically King George singing a song to the US (like the US was an ex-girlfriend) and “Ten Duel Commandments” which is a rap explaining the rules of a duel.
The entire soundtrack is fabulous, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves musicals, or who just has an appreciation for music, and the writing process because Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the entire musical himself. He truly is a genius, and this musical is genius. You’ll be back to listen to it again and again!

Located in Soundtracks (CD SDTK HAMILTON)

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