Recently, Taylor Swift released “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” with Zayn (originally from One Direction) for the new Fifty Shades movie, and while I’m excited for the prospect of new T. Swift music, I find Zayn’s feature…intriguing (to put it nicely). This is because I dislike when male singers go into their falsetto voice. It’s not necessary and it’s rather irritating. Right from the beginning, Zayn sings in a high register – if it was going to be that high, why wouldn’t Swift just sing it. To me, singing in a lower register and hitting lower notes can be more authentic and natural – using falsetto sounds almost fake (which, depending on who you talk to, is).
Now, I’m not suggesting Zayn’s performance is bad or anything – he does have a nice voice, singing that high for a guy is a gift – I would have just arranged the song different if I were the producer. I would have probably had Zayn sing in a lower register and have Swift sing the major part of the chorus.
If you don’t listen too closely to the song, it’s not bad, but I think overall it could’ve been a bit better.