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80
AllMusic

Rock and Roll Night Club is a confusing record, but not a mess. On the contrary, it's so deeply calculated that the intentions and possible motivations of its songs are likely to be lost on most.

80
Loud and Quiet

We’re happy to hear him purr on over one never-ending, laconic surf riff, though, because when ‘Rock And Roll Nightclub’ is at its least cavalier, it’s also at its most oddly exotic.

80
The 405

All grandiose interpretations aside, this is an album of solid, endearing catchy songs, and as a result it becomes one of the most pleasant listens that this year has yet to offer.

72
Pitchfork

It's probably safe to assume that at least 80% of Night Club is laced with a meta joke that nobody's in on except DeMarco. It's usually still pretty funny, or in the very least, intriguingly odd.

70
No Ripcord

The cheeky nature of Rock and Roll Night Club inadvertently elevates its reputation – falling somewhere between classic pop and performance art, DeMarco’s talent for writing hooks should spurn any attempt to call it novelty.

pahcy
38

It's really boring, man. I wouldn't be opposed to throwing this on in the car while a bunch of people were talking, but pay any more attention to it than that and it feels like you are in the middle of the longest acid trip of your life. (In a bad way.)

HoodieBraden
50

Mac Demarco's debut EP is nothing out of the ordinary for indie-pop of the time, which is part of the reason why I did not particularly enjoy it. This is simply a collection of straight-forward bedroom-esque moody tracks with no innovation for the genre, which honestly, I can't say I expect on a debut project but I at least expect better quality than this. I also found it odd that two interludes were included on a relatively short project with only 10 tracks altogether. They seemed unnecessary ... read more

ringostarr56
81

Fun debut, but nothing compared to what he would do on 2 and Salad Days.

Rock and Roll Night Club: 78
96.7 The Pipe: N/A
Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans: 82
One More Tear To Cry: 84
European Vegas: 85
106.2 Breeze FM: N/A
She's Really All I Need: 87
Moving Like Mike: 80
Me and Jon Hanging On: 83
I'm A Man: 79
Only You: 84
Me and Mine: 73

Album Cover: eh

Verdict: good

Aridium
50

Half the time, it can be fun with songs like she's all I need with funny interludes such as 106.2 Breeze FM. Other times I zone out, to be honest. There is not much else to say about this album other than it's an okay debut for someone trying to re-invent indie rock at the time.

FAV TRACKS: ROCK AND ROLL NIGHT CLUB, BABY'S WEARING BLUE JEANS, SHE'S REALLY ALL I NEED, I'M A MAN, ONLY YOU, ME AND MINE

LEAST FAV TRACKS: ME AND JON HANGING ON

OVERALL: LIGHT 5

GabrielWTRGRN
50

yucky.

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Added on: November 28, 2012