Keith Murray

It's a Beautiful Thing

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Keith Murray may have a distinctive rapping style, but that doesn't necessarily make for distinctive albums if his third album, It's a Beautiful Thing, is any indication. It's no coincidence that the title recalls Murray's high-water mark, "The Most Beautifullest Thing in the World" -- the entire album is a self-conscious attempt to return to those glory days, which is ironic because he's never really changed his style over the years. Still, name-association means a lot, and that may be the reason why there do seem to be several highlights on It's a Beautiful Thing, since there are no real musical or lyrical breakthroughs anywhere on the album. Indeed, it's by-the-books Murray, which will undoubtedly satisfy some long-term fans, who only need new songs to keep their interest. The rest of the audience will find the album to be a bit uneven, despite his obvious flair for lyrical gymnastics (or maybe because of them, since many of his rhymes don't make sense, even in the absurdist sense) -- the sounds aren't really new and only a handful of songs catch hold. There's enough to make It's a Beautiful Thing a reasonably entertaining listen, even if they aren't enough to make it memorable.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 0:53 Amazon
2 3:21 Amazon
3
feat: LL Cool J
3:03 Amazon
4
feat: Canibus
3:14
5 0:40 Amazon
6 3:57 Amazon
7 3:41 Amazon
8 3:50 Amazon
9 0:52 Amazon
10 2:15
11 0:36 Amazon
12 3:30 Amazon
13 4:04 Amazon
14 3:51 Amazon
15 0:56 Amazon
16 3:22 Amazon
17 3:55 Amazon
18 2:05 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:45 Amazon
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