This one I reviewed from the album 'The Beginning'. Here are some credits from the CD
Written by William Adams, Allan Pineda, Damien LeRoy, Franke
Previte, John De Nicola, Donald Markowitz. (The last three are the writers of the 80s
original, '(I've Had The) Time Of My Life'.)
Produced by Will.i.am and DJ Ammo.
Recorded and engineered by Will.i.am and Padraic 'Padlock' Kerin.
Mixed by Dylan
Mastered by Chris Bellman
Still can't quite believe
they're getting away with some of the stuff they're doing, but in a general sense it's
great to see people pushing boundaries like this.
Another interesting thing
that just occurred to me while listening to the track again today, is the way they've made
a lot of contrast in the use of pitch-correction/mangling for the different vocal parts.
It goes all the way from Robocop through to fairly natural (in Fergie's version of the 80s
hook and in the crowd shouts for instance). The whole Auto-tune-tastic thing has lost a
lot of its impact these days now that everyone's used it to death, so it's not a bad idea
that they've worked hard to freshen up the concept in this way (in terms of it catching
your ear), especially as it seems to be turning into something of a Peas trademark.
Apl.de.ap's rap is a particularly good example of this for me. In fact, in general, it
does seem that the Black Eyed Peas put a lot more production effort than most people into
making the vocals constantly arresting from moment to moment, something that reminds me
quite a lot of Mirwais equally inventive and hyperactive approach to the backing tracks on
his work with Madonna.
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Edited by Jennifer Jones (25/07/11 10:24 AM)