Review: Zedd & Alessia Cara – ‘Stay’

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With Alessia Cara on his track, you can't help thinking Zedd could have done something a little more interesting.

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Right after last week’s dynamic union of Coldplay and the Chainsmokers – seriously, WTF – German producer Zedd has followed suit by joining forces with Canadian pop sensation Alessia Cara for ‘Stay,’ a straight collaboration that merges both their chosen musical styles into a loud, catchy hit that perhaps lacks the magic required to make it anything groundbreaking.

That said, both parties stick to what they’re good at, and it’s refreshing to hear Zedd producing something other than a chaotic DJ Snake remix or a bland Hailee Steinfeld track. His sharp beat compliments Cara’s husky vocals during the verses before exploding in his trademark style on reaching the chorus. Cara follows the likes of Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande in working on vocals with him, suggesting he (or at least someone at the label) still has it when it comes to finding hot, current artists to work with. Nearing two years since True Colors, this suggests Zedd has a good chance at staging a chart comeback yet.

As painful as use of the word “fine” is for a reviewer, that’s really what ‘Stay’ boils down to. It’s always a joy to hear Cara sing, but you can’t help thinking that Zedd could have paired her with something a little more interesting. However, trying to be interesting can easily lapse into being tragic – just like that remix of DJ Snake.

‘Stay’ is out now via Polydor

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