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Kanye West has really run the gamut when it come to releasing videos for his magnificent My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. Considering how excellently handled the buildup and release of that record was (what with the G.O.O.D. Friday series), it's been sort of strange to watch how these videos have trickled out.
First there was "Power," which didn't feature the entire song and was more suited to a museum screening room than a computer or TV screen. Then there was the epic "Runaway," which was more a mini-movie than music video. Kanye sort of followed "Runaway" up with "Monster." I say, "sort of," because that controversial clip was never officially released, so far as I can tell.
And this weekend, Kanye West quietly revealed his "All Of The Lights" video. Though, I suppose simply releasing a video (especially over the weekend) is going to seem quiet in the face of something as hyped as Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me." Let's go to the tape!
"All Of The Lights" was directed by video legend Hype Williams, but many in the blogosphere are claiming that French director Gaspar Noé should get some credit as well. The clip does borrow heavily from Noé's acclaimed feature, "Enter The Void."
The "All Of The Lights" video itself is pretty straightforward. Lights flash while Kanye and Rihanna (in a rather revealing top) do their thing on top of a cop car. Kid Cudi joins in on the action during the bridge to sing a bit; it's basically a high-end performance piece.
It certainly looks awesome, but there isn't a lot more going on. Sort of a shame, since "All Of The Lights" is such a fan favorite and was such a major moment in his "Runaway" short film. Perhaps he didn't want the video to overshadow the song, itself?
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