Hamilton's soundtrack will be made anew, in part, in a month or so, when The Hamilton Mixtape hits shelves. The album covers songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda's brilliant Broadway musical, performed by some talented artists. Two singles from the album dropped today, including Kelly Clarkson's incredibly heart-wrenching take on "It's Quiet Uptown." Check it out below. (And probably have some tissues handy.)
It's one of the most emotional songs in Hamilton. Set in the second half of the Broadway musical, "It's Quiet Uptown" addresses the grief and heartbreak that Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza are experiencing over recent the loss of their son, Philip, who died not long after dueling to defend his father's reputation. Hamilton and Eliza's marriage had been deeply fractured by Hamilton's admitted infidelity prior to their son's death. In "It's Quiet Uptown," the couple move uptown, and Hamilton begs her for forgiveness. Philip's death is an event that could have torn them apart, but Eliza chooses to forgive Hamilton, and the two try to move forward together.
Listening to Hamilton's Original Broadway soundtrack, I don't think I've been able to get through "It's Quiet Uptown" without crying. The same is very clearly going to apply for Kelly Clarkson's version of it, in which the pop singer takes on all parts of the song. It's emotional and moving, and thanks to Clarkson's control and range, made a little bit new but no-less heart-wrenching.
As for the whole album, that's coming in December. Here's the full list of songs, and who's performing...
1 No John Trumbull (Intro) by The Roots
2 My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] by The Roots
3 Wrote My Way Out [Clean]by Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4 Wait For It by Usher
5 An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] [Clean] by Watsky
6 Satisfied by Sia (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah)
7 Dear Theodosia by Regina Spektor (feat. Ben Folds)
8 Valley Forge (Demo) [Clean]by Lin-Manuel Miranda
9 It's Quiet Uptown by Kelly Clarkson
10 That Would Be Enoughby Alicia Keys
11 Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) [Clean] by K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12 You'll Be Back by Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13 Helpless by Ashanti (feat. Ja Rule)
14 Take A Break (Interlude) by !llmind
15 Say Yes To This by Jill Scott
16 Congratulations by Dessa
17 Burn by Andra Day
18 Stay Alive (Interlude) by J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19 Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo) by Lin-Manuel Miranda
20 Washingtons By Your Side by Wiz Khalifa
21 History Has Its Eyes On You by John Legend
22 Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) by The Roots
23 Dear Theodosia (Reprise) by Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights
The Hamilton Mixtape hits shelves December 2. Pre-order it here.