Brother Ali is wrapped up in a swirling tunnel of his own emotions. All The Beauty In This Whole Life embodies a perfect illustration of that state - each lyric is developed to either "reflect beauty, or expose ugliness", in Ali's own words. This is evocative hip-hop in its most socially conscious and candid form.
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7/10 Jack 8th February 2018
Compared to his preexisting catalogue, it isn’t a stretch for the wise brother nor a deviation from protocol but still, it’s his usual wise thoughts, feelings and stirrings from the soul. As is the case here, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it in other words. I will say, it's a little light on his aggressive, staccato delivery that has cemented him as a powerhouse artist on previous records. That's ok though because this album seems to be more about message (and there is plenty of that) than searing delivery.
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