Brother Ali-All the Beauty in This Whole Life (2017)

My Rating: 77% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: 74%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 80%

Average Rating: 77%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Pen to Paper (feat. Amir Sulaiman)
  2. Own Light (What Hearts Are For)
  3. Special Effects (feat. deM atlas)
  4. Can’t Take That Away
  5. Dear Black Son
  6. We Got This (feat. Sa-Roc)
  7. Uncle Usi Taught Me
  8. Pray for Me
  9. It Ain’t Easy
  10. Never Learn
  11. Tremble
  12. Before They Called You White
  13. The Bitten Apple (feat. Idris Philips)
  14. Out of Here
  15. All the Beauty in This Whole Life

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting a soul sounding hip-hop album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s great, really unique. I like it a lot.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really.

Final Thoughts:

Brother Ali is a unique artist who has been releasing great music for years now. With his newest addition fans will feel back at home while strangers can approach without too much of a learning curve (if any at all). I want to see Brother Ali grow in his unique style a little bit, maybe a concept album or a mix with a different producer (my vote would be for Hervé Salters). It’s a good album, like all of his others, but I’m starting to know what to expect, and it’s getting a little repetitive.

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