Everything's Beautiful

Everything's Beautiful

Music CD - 2016
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Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ℗2016
Branch Call Number: CD 10 / Davis
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (47 min.) :,CD audio, digital ;,12 cm, in container +,1 booklet
digital, optical, 1.4 m. per second, Digital recording, rda
audio file, CD audio, rda

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scribby
Nov 13, 2018

When I saw this, I thought it would be an album of remixes. It isn't. It isn't a Miles Davis album either. The slightly scary cover art, which is in a much too recent style to go with Mr. Davis' albums, should have clued me in.

So what is it? Robert Glasper (and a whole bunch of guest musicians) has taken samples from Miles' originals and re-worked them into completely new songs, mostly R&B and quieter rap, mostly pretty sounding (though with the occasional offensive lyric) and with an understated hip-hop beat. This is actually a collaboration between the living musicians and Miles, who died twenty-four years before this was released. Whether he would have liked it is unknown; the reviewers below didn't like it because it wasn't what they had expected but I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. It's well-performed and recorded, and often quite beautiful.

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Ray_Otstott
Jul 22, 2018

A total disappointment to a long-time Miles Davis fan. To even call this a Miles Davis album is
borderline sacrilegious. There's almost no Miles Davis on here - mostly noodling or lazy vocals from guest "musicians" who have very little in common musically with Miles - especially including Robert Glasper, who produced this abomination. Whether you're a fan of 50's-60's-era bebop Miles, 60's-70's fusion Miles, or later-period Miles, you would be well-advised to stick to the releases from those eras. I love (and still listen to) "Sketches of Spain", "Kind of Blue", "Miles in the Sky", "In a Silent Way". "Bitches Brew", and many others, and I can safely say that "Everything's Beautiful" does not compare favorably to any of those (quite the opposite). I gave it 2 stars only because Miles is in there (somewhere); otherwise, it barely deserves 1 star.

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1aa
Jul 31, 2017

Modern remixes with heavy (and very intrusive) beats, with vocals from current performers (E. Badou) and rappers (lila J). Very little of Miles Davis is detectable in the music.

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