ALL OF THE LIGHTS VS. PIANO CONCERTO NO. 22 IN E- FLAT MAJOR:
Elton John, La Roux, Drake and Rihanna are just some of the guests on this record, which also has French horns, trumpets, woodwinds and violin. The rapping’s as slick as the arrangement and West’s control brings to mind Dr. Dre, if not James Cameron. Mozart’s song is a slow movement featuring a clarinet bassoon and was written for Mozart, first and foremost a violinist, to perform. “ Listen to the aesthetic of perfection,” Beecher says. “ There’s no other way this song could exist.” The song’s complicated and sorrowful and the tinkling piano drips with angst, but All of the Lights is an album highlight: Its attitude makes Swagga Like Us sound like Taylor Swift.