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Single Review: Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars
Kendrick Lamar & SZA's collaborative track sounds great on paper, but offers the best qualities of neither artist, says Greg Woodin
‘All the Stars’ is essentially a throwaway film tie-in (promoting Marvel’s Black Panther), so it almost seems unfair to judge it by the same standards as a regular single. But with the talents of Kendrick Lamar and SZA combining on this track, there was reason to believe it would be a cut above your average superhero film filler. Unfortunately, though this is an undeniably pretty song, the strong personalities of Kendrick Lamar and SZA become somewhat watered down here as they set their sights on the mainstream.
“The fierce femininity, the fiery yet controlled delivery, the confessional lyrics – all these qualities are absent
The lack of either artist’s signature style on this song is especially disappointing seeing as Kendrick and SZA were two of the most exciting musicians of 2017. Perhaps if I weren’t already familiar with their material, it’d be easier to appreciate ‘All the Stars’. Indeed, it’s difficult to hate the song, what with its ear candy production and polished vocal performances, but it just doesn’t really do or say anything interesting. Maybe I’m missing the point – it is a superhero tie-in, after all. But with the talent that’s gone into this track, it could have been so much better.
Kendrick Lamar will play the Genting Arena on 9th February 2018.