So if you aren't hyped after listening to the snippet, then clearly you aren't exactly excited for this collaboration. Zedd should've been a name in the music industry by now if he still isn't yet, and Hayley Williams - may I ask who is unfamiliar with the name?
Audio for Stay The Night.
So Stay The Night is announced to be the fourth overall single, succeeding the widely critical and renowned single, Clarity featuring Foxes. Since then, Zedd has become almost recognisable on radio, albeit one song bringing him and the Foxes ultimate stardom. This time, he works with one of the well-loved lead vocalist from the punk-rock band, Paramore: Hayley Williams. Further up the pipeline, Zedd is also working on Lady Gaga's new album, ARTPOP on the songs G.U.Y, Aura and Donatella. However, Hayley is not the only big name collaborator he's worked with in the past, as the track record also includes British mega star Ellie Goulding, together with OneRepublic front-man Ryan Tedder. Slowly but gradually, Zedd could emerge to be a diamond in the rust - but while people are positively being amazed by his work, there are those who doubt his ability, claiming his songs are rather similar and often not as differentiating as other songs. Stay The Night seems to offer a different vibe, but all of it mostly hinges on whether or not Zedd's mixes and Hayley herself can seem to power through and give us the party song we oh so need.
Let's talk about Zedd's mixes first. He provided the vibe in which this track was easily able to be comforted into, something that Zedd does really well in. While it remains to be seen if he can still carry on from here, it is to be known that the vibe in his tracks are very thick and offers a more emotional ring to it. Though you may want to compare him to probably more renowned DJs such as David Guetta, and others, you may find distinct and very fragile differences such as the way the samples are used. While Guetta distorts, Zedd recreates. Not saying that Guetta isn't good, but sometimes his choices of singles leads me to question the track's true identity. But in this case, you know this is different due to the feature that's stuck on to the name tag.
This is Hayley's second feature alone as a guest spot of a single, in which the first one, Airplanes with B.o.B, was a critical success and peaked as high as number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, she's been helping out Paramore a lot, focusing on their recent self-titled album as it garnered critical acclaim around the world. And now, she's up the porch on the song as a really woven feature. Her vocals aren't pressed, making Hayley able to relive the vibe and navigate it towards the same direction with Zedd. The product wasn't meant to sound really pop, if you think that is what Hayley would bring to the table. Still sticking to his roots, Zedd's EDM factor still shines and brings about another great single. You could hate on Zedd's production, but you have to give credit to Hayley. She is what made t enjohe song sound unique, special and gratifying. Without her, it's the same as Clarity without Foxes. It's true anybody can replace Hayley's role, but then again, the differences would be marked.
Are you gonna' stay the night
Originality: 8/10 - Zedd really brings something new to the table, and it's an enjoyment to revel in it.
Sound: 9/10 - The instrumentations are able to be heard clearly. From the acoustics to the robotic drums, the snares to the synthesizers. Not to mention, Hayley's vocals shine radiantly.
Lyrics: 8/10 - The lyrics could need some work, especially on the chorus. It feels iffy and repetitive, but the verses are specifically well-written and deserve a mention.
Overall: 25/30 - This is going to be an achievement for not only Zedd, but Hayley herself. While others may deem Hayley as the lead singer of the band Paramore and that's it, on this track, she showcased another side of her. And Zedd too, memorable sounds always intricate and this is bound to be loved by many across the globe. I'll be playing it for days, and we might need to check in after a few weeks to see if Stay The Night can fly up the charts. For now, just play the song and have a twirl.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.