“Dusk Till Dawn” Is ZAYN’s Best Single Since “Pillowtalk”
Zayn Malik’s solo career started with a bang when “Pillowtalk” reached number one in the US and the UK. However, he has experienced diminishing returns since then. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” a dreary duet with Taylor Swift, returned him to the upper reaches of the chart — but the song’s popularity had more to do with the pairing than the actual music. Happily, “Dusk Till Dawn” is something of a return to form. Produced by Greg Kurstin and featuring Sia, this is a soaring ballad with a massive chorus and immense radio appeal.
It definitely sounds like a Sia single with a sprinkling of ZAYN thrown in for the kids, but the Brit wouldn’t be the first artist to be outdone by the Australian singer/songwriter on their own song. So there’s no shame in that. The video, which was directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man and 500 Days of Summer), is also a blockbuster. It finds the former One Direction heartthrob in full action-hero mode, doing dangerous things and looking seriously suave with actress Jemima Kirke. Watch up top.