As might be expected, Zedd’s music – here applied to a mid-tempo ballad – is largely unchanged, perhaps lightly buffed and polished in the mix, but the replacement of Tim James’ vocals with Kesha’s is a drastic shift. Given the public spat between Kesha and Sony music’s production maestro, Dr. Luke, it is difficult not to interpret Kesha’s involvement here as a mission statement. Kesha seems to be using True Colors as a means of demonstrating herself as a more mature, and world weary, artist. Under Zedd’s production, her vocals aren’t hidden behind a mask of auto-tune and digital manipulation, and the small amount of echo and reverb that has been applied feels more like an appeasement of electro-pop’s genre expectations.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 12th May 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.