Nobody Is Listening

Zayn - Nobody Is Listening
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #329 / 336
User Score
Based on 598 ratings
2021 Ratings: #429
Liked by 22 people
January 15, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
R&B, Pop / Genres
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Overall, ‘Nobody Is Listening,’ may be presented as his most personal project but it only offers negligible glimpses into Zayn’s personality. What it does well is make use of hazy R&B soundscapes to establish a connection with listeners even as spectators to the 28-year-old’s quiet contemplation.

Rolling Stone

Despite its brooding introduction, Nobody Is Listening shows both restraint and growth from a new dad who just turned 28, even if the songs seem more reflective of his relationship with longtime partner Gigi Hadid than of his journey into fatherhood.

Even though the album isn't as immediate as his prior work, it rewards repeated listens and some concentration, a smooth experience fit for wasting a day away between the sheets.

There’s a clarity here, a sense of maturity in the lyrics too – something that was often missing in his previous work. ‘Nobody is Listening’ has its flaws, but Zayn is clearly working out a few chinks in his armour, and this comes across as a step in a new and fresh direction for the enigmatic artist.

The Observer

The former One Directioner has retreated to the bedroom on this impressively assured set of R&B booty calls.

The Forty-Five

Right now ... he isn’t out to change the world or reveal profound truths. Zayn is here to look and sound good late in the evening when the lights are low and the scented candles flicker.

The Irish Times

Zayn has now found his niche in lo-fi R&B-pop that’s intentionally made without any aim at all.

Evening Standard

These 11 songs are largely hazy, stoned R&B, offering blurred textures and smoky atmospheres but few standout moments.


The boy band graduate remains desperate to remind you that he has sex, eager to insist that he smokes. His falsetto is beautiful, but he’s never sounded like this much of an amateur.

The Independent

The former One Directioner's new album is billed as his 'most personal project to date'  but it offers no narrative to speak of and only brief glimpses of personality.

The Telegraph

The former One Direction member is still navel-gazing, boasting about his sex life and failing to make the most of his talents.

The Young Folks

Sadly, the pacing of Nobody is Listening maintains a boner shrinking monotonous trudge through recycled phrases about sex and intimacy.

If anyone thought people still listened to ZAYN, this album finally confirms that “Nobody Is Listening” to his music anymore.

Middle of the road. I think a lot of people can agree that the mainstream falls under that category nowadays. Most artists are not striving to make more than “the norm” of music, and they play it safe. Why does that happen? Because it works. It appeals to the majority of the crowd, and it gets streams and revenue. But there’s always an ... read more

Oh my god he ate that!!! Imagine hating on matured zayn like you gotta be a raging racist man!!!!!! It dropped in India and it's so amazing I think it's the best album I have ever heard and I've only heard two but it's sooooooooooo good!. My oppar Zayn drops lovely vocals alongside very dramatic and sad guitar beats which i love with a passion! You guys are hating on this for the sake of hating, it's so good, why do you do this? Your making my heartbreak and I don't want to hear ... read more
This new record from ZAYN is exactly what you would expect from someone titling their tracks as “Vibez” and “Unfuckwitable” and known for former One Direction fame, it is nothing more than run-of-the-mill radio pop now embraced around a nondescript R&B aura.

Admittedly this is not something right up my alley, so it’s no surprise that I absolutely despised it, yet it is still fun to express your unfathomable hostility towards something every once in a while, ... read more
Don’t worry ZAYN, I’m listening! I’m just not really enjoying it though. :(

Former One Direction member and celebrity crush of many, ZAYN Malik has come back with his third LP after a three-year break. While Mind Of Mine was not bad at all, Icarus Falls was generally considered as a big drop off, as although the 29-long tracklist might gain you more profit from Spotify streams, people don’t usually really want to sit through 90 minutes of music, let alone mediocre ... read more
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Track List

  1. Calamity
  2. Better
  3. Outside
  4. Vibez
  5. When Love's Around (feat. Syd)
  6. Connexion
  7. Sweat
  8. Unfuckwitable
  9. Windowsill (feat. Devlin)
  10. Tightrope
  11. River Road
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Added on: January 6, 2021