Salad Days

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2014 Ratings: #95 / 845
Year End Rank: #18
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Based on 956 ratings
2014 Ratings: #37
April 1, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

Though DeMarco certainly hasn’t ditched his slacker aesthetic, Salad Days is nonetheless a strikingly mature achievement for the 23-year-old.

90
musicOMH

The guitar sounds throughout Salad Days are pristine, the lyrics sublime and the vocals… the Lennon-isms are often befuddling but they can only be applauded.

90
AllMusic

With songs touching on themes of maturation, life in the public eye, and good old-fashioned romance, DeMarco has trimmed the fat both musically and conceptually on Salad Days, turning in a streamlined picture of his musical development.

90
Exclaim!

Mac DeMarco might be the wild and crazy showman on stage, but Salad Days shows there's plenty of tenderness behind that shit-eating, gap-toothed grin.

90
NME

Sweet, soulful little man that he is, Mac knows better than to let his bellyaching get in the way of everyone else's good time — instead, he’s simply dialled down the quirk and written his best record yet.

90
Loud and Quiet

This is an LP combining the pop artist’s unashamed desire to occupy your head all day long and the storyteller’s authenticity, with astounding, electrifying skill.

85
Pitchfork

His second full-length, Salad Days, isn’t a departure from its predecessor so much as a richer, increasingly assured refinement. For all its internal contradictions, Salad Days is no more or less than a great album in a tradition of no-big-deal great albums.

85
Under The Radar

The results are a wistful, free-wheeling and intimate snapshot of DeMarco's psyche-an album that is more complex than you might assume, but more rewarding for it.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

For all the pomp and circumstance preceding Salad Days, this is still an album that DeMarco recorded in his Brooklyn walkup. It’s a record that boasts glaring maturity without diminishing the iconic immaturity.

80
The Line of Best Fit

The record also proves that maturity does not mean creative death – this is complete album and in many ways his best.

80
DIY

The songs only sound sleeker, more melodic, more intensely stoned. That's DeMarco in sum, and thankfully he's not retreating into his shell just yet.

80
Spin

His patron saints appear to be Harry Nilsson and yacht rockers like 10cc, and rarely are either channeled with this little cheese and this much panache. He merges these influences with what's quickly become his signature guitar sound, an effortless style that can be playfully discordant.

80
No Ripcord

The romantic in De Marco is now very much a presence in his life, far from it being a farce, and adroitly balances those feelings of solitude and intimacy by clasping dearly to the everyday proportions that make his life complete.

80
Clash

The lazy melodies, off-kilter vocals and haphazard, plaintive strumming all converge to produce a record of fragmented brilliance.

80
The Guardian

Salad Days isn't the stuff of mainstream success, but it strongly suggests his cult is only going to get bigger.

70
Paste

This is art that is confidently immature, and it begs the question: why can’t sophomoric art still be great? 

70
PopMatters

The progression that Salad Days shows is encouraging, even if the album starts to peter out at the end. 

70
Rolling Stone

Salad Days is packed with wry, knowing lyrics and washed-out vocals, like a meeting of Stephen Malkmus and Marc Bolan.

70
Wondering Sound

He uses humor and bemused detachment to hint at a deeper pathos he can’t (or won’t) articulate in his oft-beautiful, always slippery songs.

70
Northern Transmissions

Salad Days loses a lot of the patently ridiculous persona that DeMarco has put so earnestly into his previous releases. In itself, it’s not a terrible loss, because the end result is a high-polish pop album that is more cohesive than any of his older work.

67
Consequence of Sound

It’s a half-baked portrait of a creative personality rung dry and yet still yearning for something new. It’s rare to see an identity crisis like this so early in the career of a promising artist, but DeMarco doesn’t spend time wallowing.

60
Time Out London

The chord changes aren’t as sharp, the melodies not as direct, the lyrics not as catchy. By the end you almost feel as tired as him. He still has an incredible ear for a melody, it’s just not as fun as it used to be.

MothaOfMotha12
65
I have someone in my school who loves rock music (he a mainstreamed tho, like he love Queen and Guns n Roses...), and I used to hate on him because he was so crazy about it. But now after listening to a good amount of rock/punk album, I can say that some are pretty amazing.

Ok so, on the first day of school, I told him "Rock music is good", and be told "I don't like rock music anymore". So I asked then "ok, then what do you like?" And this nibba says "Indie ... read more
TreyLikesBands
91
Amazing

In excitement for Mac's new album coming out in a couple days, I'm going through each of his albums, which I'm surprised I haven't done yet?? He's one of my favorite artists of all time, and he's a big inspiration. Hell, I even met the guy. Anyway, this record really has an overall mood of a summer's day by the beach. With its dreamy landscapes and ever present guitar, the listening experience of this album is a rewarding one.

Color: Green
FAV TRACKS: Chamber of Reflection, Passing ... read more
MinatoArisato
100
Is Salad Days the deepest and most impactful album I've heard, no not really, not even close and I'm sure many would agree with me on that considering how few perfect scores this thing gets. But to me, this album is still perfect in every sense of the word.

I discovered Mac DeMarco in high school and as typical as it may be I really loved the sound of Mac's work as I was also a slacker myself, the kind of person who was always calm, didn't really have any work ethic and just winged my way ... read more
morningsbell
78
As much as I hate to admit it, I love this album.

Edit: oh how this album grew off of me
musicmagpie55
85
Mac's gift to the world. The Guitars are incredible, the songwriting is timeless, and the production is dreamy. What is so special is that you don't just fall in love with the music, you fall in love with Mac. It feels like his heart is in every song. I actively flail when 'Chamber of Reflection' comes on because I will never be emotionally ready for that song. I have been obsessed since the first time I heard him whisper shit at the beginning of 'Brother.' It is an album that never feels ... read more
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Track List

  1. Salad Days
  2. Blue Boy
  3. Brother
  4. Let Her Go
  5. Goodbye Weekend
  6. Let My Baby Stay
  7. Passing Out Pieces
  8. Treat Her Better
  9. Chamber of Reflection
  10. Go Easy
  11. Johnny's Odyssey
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