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CD Review: Zedd

Clarity (Interscope)


Best known for his work with Lady Gaga, Germany’s Zedd (Anton Zaslavski) has only been an active producer for three years. And yet there’s a fair amount of anticipation for this, his full-length debut. The album gets off to slamming start with “Hourglass,” a clubby techno track that features sultry vocals courtesy of Madonna wannabe Liz. But things quickly deteriorate with the by-the-numbers electro house track “Shave It Up” and “Lost at Sea,” a song that features echoing, overproduced vocals from guest Ryan Tedder. The soulful single “Clarity” has real depth and fares better than most of the tunes here; it shows just what Zedd is capable of. Too bad most the other songs sound so sterile and lifeless.

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