Declan McKenna - Zeros
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #418 / 614
User Score
Based on 325 ratings
2020 Ratings: #80
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September 4, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

The former 2015 Glastonbury Emerging Talent winner has delivered a spotless pop album in Zeros full of otherworldly, kicky bleeps and oddity. It will definitely write his ticket as a contender to the throne.

80
Q Magazine
Less timely than his debut, McKenna's charisma and melodic sense ensure it's a delight nonetheless.
80
Clash

In almost every way it is bigger than his debut, there’s urgency to the instrumentals and operatic crescendos, all in the aid of trying to observe the madness.

80
DIY

Declan’s musical palette second time around comes full of glitter and flares, taking all it can from the decades taste forgot.

80
musicOMH

No longer is McKenna a teenager emerging at Glastonbury, he is someone for the generation he speaks for to listen to.

80
The Guardian

McKenna’s second album is in thrall to pop’s 1970s glam heroes, but his lyrics ponder today’s struggles, from the climate crisis to social media.

80
NME

The 21-year-old might be trying to shake off any unwieldy labels from critics this time around, but he’s doing so in electric, entertaining and thought-provoking form.

80
The Independent

Zeros is the sound of an artist pushing his creative development, and enjoying himself as he does so. Exciting stuff.

73
Pitchfork

Nodding to Bowie and the Beatles on songs about climate change and capitalism, the 21-year-old songwriter roots his political critique in the rich tradition of British protest rock.

70
Uncut

McKenna merges glam, pop, indie and a touch of electronica to make a contemporary sonic exploration of a tumultuous world.

60
Gigwise

Zeros is at times his own worst enemy. Attempting to blend upbeat heat-wave pop and guitar-orientated protest music, it fails to click into harmony at certain points in the album.

50
The Needle Drop

Much of Zeros comes across as glammy pastiche.

40
The Arts Desk

The lyrics offer an opaque vision of a world collapsing in on itself, desperation at a relentlessly materialist, narcissistic reality.

TreyLikesBands
86
Are we witnessing the birth of a new Elton John + David Bowie combo? Maybe so.
Declan McKenna is a space-faring, intergalactic rockstar on "Zeros", the humble and promising follow-up to his outstanding debut. Few albums retain just a cascading velocity such as this one, as McKenna proves himself to be one of the most powerful artists in pop rock today with the absolutely memorable vocal refrains on this album. His melodies and harmonies ooze such charisma as heard on his last record, ... read more
JacksonLerner
78
the energy declan brings is unparalleled. the production is smart and great.

i noticed my mood improved while listening. some instrumentals and lyricism are at the forefront; everything ranging from horns to piano are apparent in the background. the combination of elements make the music truly charming:

at first i thought “Emily” was a coldplay-type short, acoustic interlude. instead, it turned out to be a lovely, fast paced vampire weekend-esque ballad... then it morphs into a ... read more
N0stalgia
80
2020 MUST HEAR ALBUM #34

Wow, colour me very impressed.

Declan McKenna has always been an artist I enjoyed, however, in a more casual setting. He's always had a talent for effortlessly making fun and charming indie rock tunes, but admittedly his music up to this point has mostly been quite by the numbers and never really did much to truly establish an identity for itself among contemporary artists in the genre.

Well that's what I thought until I finally got the chance to listen to his ... read more
Mixtape
90
Thank you Declan for rectifying the blue balls Will Toledo gave me early this year.

I have been a Declan Mckenna stan for years now and was very very disappointed with his debut because half of it he had already been released and the other half was just ok.
But THIS?!? this is exactly what i wanted What do you think About the car? to be and more, Anthemic and zany pop rock songs.

If there is one thing Declan has is charm. Being familiar with his previous work this is quintessentially him ... read more
marvelgaryen
95
After almost a year of delaying his sophomore, 'Zeros' is finally here, and thank whatever god it's here. Travelling between glam rock and indie pop, Declan Mckenna managed to make a delightful sequence to his already very interesting career. Honestly I don't think his trying to emulate any particular artist, but we see some inspirations, I'm sure many will compare him to some though. The instrumentation is awesome and so is the production, whoever worked on the tracks 'Rapture', 'Beautiful ... read more
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Track List

  1. You Better Believe!!!
  2. Be an Astronaut
  3. The Key to Life on Earth
  4. Beautiful Faces
  5. Daniel, You’re Still a Child
  6. Emily
  7. Twice Your Size
  8. Rapture
  9. Sagittarius A*
  10. Eventually, Darling
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