Clarity

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In the span of a few years, Anton Zaslavski was inspired by Justice to make electronic dance music, reached out to Skrillex and remixed "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," became an in-demand producer of remixes and original material, and signed to mainstream label Interscope. His remixes for the Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga, combined with production for Justin Bieber's Believe and singles like "The Anthem," "Shave It," and "Spectrum," made the German musician, still in his early twenties, a rising star in EDM and pop. Zaslavski's rapid ascent says more about his talent and creativity than the lack of skill and imagination required to make dance music. He was the drummer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In the span of a few years, Anton Zaslavski was inspired by Justice to make electronic dance music, reached out to Skrillex and remixed "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," became an in-demand producer of remixes and original material, and signed to mainstream label Interscope. His remixes for the Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga, combined with production for Justin Bieber's Believe and singles like "The Anthem," "Shave It," and "Spectrum," made the German musician, still in his early twenties, a rising star in EDM and pop. Zaslavski's rapid ascent says more about his talent and creativity than the lack of skill and imagination required to make dance music. He was the drummer in a metalcore band, but he has definitely found his calling here. Clarity's lone pre-Interscope track is "Shave It," retitled "Shave It Up," made more musical with an all-strings coda, and yet shortened to a brisk 3:11. The song's grand and extended conclusion makes an early-in-the-album statement, however ostentatious, that Zaslavski can compose circles around the majority of EDM producers and do so in a concise fashion. He also knows how to construct an album. This plays out like it was developed and arranged for the sake of repeated listening rather than a quick fix for listeners in need of a rush. That said, there are plenty of peak moments that reflect the immediacy and desperation of adolescent relationships, like the stadium-ready title song (featuring Louisa Rose Allen, aka Foxes) and the fully developed modern pop of "Spectrum" (fronted in a boyish, bright-eyed manner by Matthew Koma). The instrumentals tend to be relatively restrained, but most of them are more attractive than the songs featuring big-name vocalists Ryan Tedder and Ellie Goulding. Zaslavski's not quite in a field of his own yet. "Stache" shamelessly displays the producer's indebtedness to key Justice influence Daft Punk -- it might as well be subtitled "Aerodynamic 2K12" -- but he's getting there. Anyone who appreciates well-crafted dance-pop should probably keep up with him.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537160983
  • Catalog Number: 001753702
  • Sales rank: 25,136

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hourglass (5:13)
  2. 2 Shave It Up (3:10)
  3. 3 Spectrum - Matthew Koma (4:03)
  4. 4 Lost At Sea (3:45)
  5. 5 Clarity (4:31)
  6. 6 Codec (6:01)
  7. 7 Stache (4:04)
  8. 8 Fall Into The Sky (3:37)
  9. 9 Follow You Down (5:47)
  10. 10 Epos (5:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zedd Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Dave Rene Vocals
Anton Zaslavski Background Vocals
Porter Robinson Background Vocals
Kevin Feller Background Vocals
Foxes! Vocals
Priya Prins Background Vocals
Jesse Taub Vocals, Background Vocals
Drew Ressler Background Vocals
R.J. Colston Vocals, Background Vocals
Malachi Mott Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Heather Bright Composer
Ashley Krajewski Engineer
Kathryn Frazier Publicity
Ryan Tedder Composer
Ryan Shanahan Engineer, Vocal Editing
The Ghostwriter Vocal Engineer
Ellie Goulding Composer
Huntley Miller Mastering
Matt Lamotte Marketing
Mitch Kenny Engineer
Porter Robinson Composer
Lucky Date Composer, Producer
Holly Brook Hafermann Composer
Zedd Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Mastering, Vocal Editing
Matthew Koma Composer
Elizabeth Abrams Composer
Lisa DiAngelo Publicity
Jesse Taub Engineer
David D. Navarro AKA Roboto Artwork
Siena Reese Publicity
Ruud Van Eijk Artwork
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