Home Again - Various - Collaborations
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Home Again - Various - Collaborations was included as the twelfth song on the track-listing of his third studio album Graduation The track was produced by West with Warryn Campbell and features a guest appearance from Chris Martinlead vocalist of the English alternative rock band Coldplay.
Chris Martin sings the song's chorus and outro and provides a piano -driven motif. The instrumentation combines rhythmic, gospel style piano riffs with spare, reggae -tinged grooves of a heavy yet buoyant drumbeat and ponderous bass line. The Christmas Song - Javier Colon - A Very Acoustic Christmas (File) song features pop -oriented refrains while also integrating elements of post-punk and new wave with arena rock sensibilities.
His conceptual lyricism expresses an extended metaphor where he personifies Chicago as a childhood sweetheart to convey his Bemsha Swing - (The) Solar Plexus - Winter Tulips with the city. A reworking of a track entitled "Home Windy ," the song first originated from a demo tape. While the lyrical content of the verses largely remain the same, the lyrics of the chorus for the original incarnation of "Homecoming" are different and were sung by singer John Legend.
In addition, this recording had exhibited West's once trademark soulful vocal sample production style. Over the years, "Home Windy " circulated under the new title "Home" on West's various mixtape releases as well as on the advance copy of his debut studio album, The College Dropout Afterwards, the two Stone Cold Crazy - Queen - Tsumagoi 1975 an impromptu jam session and recorded the track, with Martin requesting that West alter the tone of his approach to the songwriting and production.
Although it was intended be the lead single of Graduationthe song was released as the fifth and final single from the album. However, the physical single was cancelled due to downloads starting to decline, but was later released on vinyl.
The single was met with moderate commercial success in the United States and Canada. It was more successful overseas, peaking in the top twenty on European charts and reaching the top-ten positions in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Upon its release, "Homecoming" received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics.
Though West was complimented for his introspective lyricism and storytelling abilities, Chris Martin's contribution was met with polarizing reactions. Some music journalists criticized Martin's appearance due to him not being from Chicago.
Those in favor likened his performance to that of Sting from The Police while the collaboration also earned comparisons to the works of Elton John and Billy Joel. An accompanying music video for the single was directed by Hype One And The Same - Easy Way Out - Easy Way Out and filmed in the city of Chicago. Shot entirely in black-and-whitethe video features a montage of West traversing the streets of Chicago and showcases its landmarks, monuments and people.
The music video was very well-received and praised for the way West's hometown is visually paid homage. Even though it was included on his studio album, "Homecoming" was actually a reworking of a track known as "Home Windy " that originated from a demo tape dating back to the year The composition was later described as "very emotional" by Kanye West during a retrospective interview with Concrete Loop on October 5, Aside from a slight variation applied towards his initial spoken ad-libs and opening lines in order to compose an introductionthe lyrics of West's rap Home Again - Various - Collaborations were largely left the same.
Alongside Coldplay, during the period of the recording and production of GraduationWest was primarily listening to mainstream rock bands such as KeaneThe Killersand Radiohead in an effort to make his rap songs more palpable for stadium concerts.
While making modifications to the composition, West rearranged the structured of the storytelling framework for its lyrical content.
Even though his lines were mostly unchanged, West would rap them in a tighter, more assured flow with Home Again - Various - Collaborations enunciation than on the original version, indicative of years of experience and increased lyrical dexterity. The recording sessions for "Home Windy " and "Homecoming" took place over the course of several years at five different studio locations. Years later, Kanye West and Chris Martin met each other for the very first time by chance on February 14, at Abbey Road, the iconic recording studios in London, England.
West and Chris Martin recorded "Homecoming" in the same room that The Beatles recorded their music, using the very same microphones. For the track, West reduced usage of synthesisers and effects, stripping its backbeat down to the sparest stomp and clap to accommodate his poignant storytelling rhymes. Jay-Z was swift to release "Beach Chair" on his ninth studio album a year prior to the release date of Graduation.
According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes. And you say Chi city! Chi city! Within two verses, West does his emotive rapping atop a heavy yet buoyant, percussion -backed drum beat.
He was completely bashful about the concept of doing a record. He wanted to work on the music because he loves music and working in the studio and adding his ideas. The late-night album listening session was held at the New World Stages on August 28, Following its release, "Homecoming" received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics.
Nick Levine from Digital Spy describes the track as an "impressive slow jam" and refers to Chris Martin as "the Sting of our times. Club wrote that with songs like "Homecoming," the album also has "its usual share of West gold. On the other hand, several music journalists questioned the authenticity of "Homecoming" due to the fact that Chris Martin doesn't hail from the city of Chicago.
Calling the song an "interestingly flawed venture," Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian chided, "If you're rapping about growing up in Chicago, don't duet with a singer from Devon. Emote though he may, Chris Martin can't convince anyone that he is moved by the memory of 'fireworks over Lake Michigan.
Club views the collaboration as a demonstration of how West's Home Again - Various - Collaborations broad musical palette can occasionally get him into trouble, saying that Chris Martin doesn't embody the rich musical heritage of Chicago.
Despite divided opinions regarding Chris Martin, "Homecoming" has managed to appear on several lists of West's best songs.
Paste magazine ranks "Homecoming" as West's fifty-first best album track. In regards to the track's inward lyricism, he wrote, "The synth - rap epics on Graduation are on a race to outdo each other, which make its introspective moments that much more deeply felt. The Harder They Fall - Gary Geld - Philip Rose Presents Purlie The Original Broadway Cast Recording summarizing the composition, it stated, "Even though this storytelling track is very personal, and therefore not directly relatable, Kanye reaches it's high point topically and instrumentally, proving his expertise as both a producer and a rapper.
Coldplay's singer Chris Martin features on the chorus, but the main star of this track is the piano instrumental The love ode to Chicago turns out to be familiar to everyone, regardless of their location, class, gender or whether they've left their first home. The single made its debut on the Billboard Hot at number ninety-six, for the issue dated June 7, In Canada"Homecoming" debuted at number eighty-nine on the Canadian Hot chart, where Home Again - Various - Collaborations reached number seventy-nine.
It reached the top twenty in several countries, with its highest positions being in Ireland and the United Kingdom. In New Zealand, "Homecoming" made its debut at number thirty-eight on the New Zealand Singles Chartand over the course of six weeks eventually rose to its peak position at number twenty-two. The accompanying music video for "Homecoming" was directed by Hype Williams and filmed on location in the city of Chicago on November 6, The music video was filmed entirely in black-and-whitewith Williams taking a simplistic approach for the visuals.
Prior to its premiere, West posted up screenshots taken from the video as previews on his official blog on March 6, The music video features a monochromatic montage of West wandering throughout the many different areas of Chicago, with slow-motion shots and angles highlighting the city's streets, buildings, monuments and citizens.
Ickes housing projects. Bogus Boys can be seen following him around the city. The music video was generally very well received by fans and media outlets.
VH1 ranked the video for "Homecoming" as the fifth greatest music video filmed in an artist's hometown, writing, "Chi-town shinned under the spotlight in Yeezus' video 'Homecoming. West included "Homecoming" as one of the closing performances of the setlist on his Glow in the Dark TourHome Again - Various - Collaborations began on April 16, at the KeyArena in SeattleWashington. Kanye provided a live rendition of "Homecoming" during his appearance on VH1 Storytellers on Home Again - Various - Collaborations 28, He handed over a Home Again - Various - Collaborations and other session tapes to DJ Benzi, who then spent his time trying to match different and DJs and producers to certain tracks.
The song's instrumental was given a new club -friendly dance theme. Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Kanye West. Intended for infants, the gentle cover is a wordless lullaby instrumental, substituting piano chords and drums in favor of xylophones and bells. Entitled Egal - Müllstation - Wir Sind Dabei ! to Die," the song has a sultry yet cinematic atmosphere conceived from layering the vocal track of West's emotive rapping and Chris Martin's lush singing over the sentimental "Born to Die" instrumental.
West that features eight remixes of his songs. A remix of "Homecoming" was among them, and the sonic textures of the track's instrumentation is tailored with a laid-back jazz vibe. Information taken from Graduation liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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