Kanye's 'All Of The Lights': A Vocal Breakdown

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Kanye's 'All Of The Lights': A Vocal Breakdown
 

 

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Now that the world is beginning to—officially and legally—see the brilliance that is Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, I thought RapFix could take a look at one of the many (read: all) stand-out tracks from the record. There is no shortage of features on MBDTF (because I’m not spelling that out again), but the album doesn’t feel like it’s littered with them. Each guest appearance only adds to the track it's included on like an additional instrument, and I don’t think this is any more evident than on "All of the Lights."

The song boasts 11 features from the likes of Elton John, Alicia Keys, Fergie and Rihanna, and some how ... it works.

When media originally reported on how many features the song included, I wondered how long the track would be and how all of those guests would work. Was John Legend going to sing after Rihanna? Was Fergie going first? Was Ryan Leslie going to sing or just play the piano along with Sir Elton and Ms. Keys. Is Cudi going to sing or rap?

But West arranged the song so that many of their voices lay on top of one another effortlessly, and you can’t pinpoint who voice belongs to whom. When Elly Jackson of La Roux stopped by MTV News last week, she said the same thing.

"He got me to layer up all these vocals with other people, and he just basically wanted to use his favorite vocalists from around the world to create this really unique vocal texture on his record, but it's not the kind of thing where you can pick it out," she said. "I don't have a verse or anything. I can't actually hear my voice on it, but apparently it's there!"

You can clearly identify Alicia Keys, Kid Cudi, Elton John, Fergie and Rihanna—thanks in large part to her Bajan accent—but you’d be hard pressed locate the others. But there’s no mistaking what "All of the Lights" is; a beautifully booming, over the top pop anthem.

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 7 years ago '09        #2
Brainwave 5389 heat pts5389 OP
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Song just decent to me
 7 years ago '05        #3
Swisher sweet 87 heat pts87
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This song is amazing to me
 7 years ago '10        #4
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I like the musical aspect of it, the instruments and all that... but everything else is meh.
 7 years ago '04        #5
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One of my favorite songs on the album
 7 years ago '05        #6
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one of my favorite songs ever kanye outdid himself omfg
 7 years ago '04        #7
notoriousthugzz 41 heat pts41
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One of the stand out tracks on the album for sure. Kanye knows how to make great music not just hip
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that s**t does go hard though..... block party type s**t....haven't heard this s**t in the club yet, im sure it would go dumb, especially on new years or some s**t
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StateProperty88 34 heat pts34
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love the song...love the album
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 Brainwave said:
Song just decent to me


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 7 years ago '04        #11
SpittN4Cash 12 heat pts12
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cant get this song out of my head :banghead:
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 JimDinO77 said:
that s**t does go hard though..... block party type s**t....haven't heard this s**t in the club yet, im sure it would go dumb, especially on new years or some s**t


What kinda block parties you go to?
 7 years ago '09        #13
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i think he wh0ored it out
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I like other tracks on there more than this one though
 11-23-2010, 02:42 PM         #15
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 Brainwave said:
I like other tracks on there more than this one though
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that All of the Lights Interlude is

beyond beautiful..

i really can't get into this track ,. like Hell of A Life or Devil in A New Dress..etc.
maybe it'll grow on me..
 7 years ago '09        #16
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all of the lights coulda been epic but it sounds like it try to cram too many different sounds on one record also fergie part the interlude is better than the track
 11-23-2010, 02:59 PM         #17
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 JimDinO77 said:
that s**t does go hard though..... block party type s**t....haven't heard this s**t in the club yet, im sure it would go dumb, especially on new years or some s**t
gospel like block parties n*gga?
@ n*ggas and hoes dancing to "turn on the lights for me babyyy"
 11-23-2010, 03:10 PM         #18
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It really is one of the best songs released in years.
 7 years ago '10        #19
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The song should have stayed a snippet, I hate it now.
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JimDinO77 14 heat pts14
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 cheguevara said:
gospel like block parties n*gga?
@ n*ggas and hoes dancing to "turn on the lights for me babyyy"
ok, maybe i was trippin with the block party s**t...... but it if somebody queued this song for a celebration it would fit, that's what i was trying to say lol
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