Mind of Mine

Zayn - Mind of Mine
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2016 Ratings: #795 / 926
User Score
Based on 383 ratings
2016 Ratings: #438
Liked by 11 people
March 25, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
R&B, Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Entertainment Weekly

He doesn’t sound particularly interested in pushing pop’s boundaries or dissecting the vagaries of his own fame. Instead, he tends to keep his lyrical focus exactly where you’d expect any 23-year-old’s to be.

80
NME

Zayn has clearly achieved his aim of making an album of sexy, credible pop-R&B. ‘Mind Of Mine’ is sumptuously produced and perfectly sung, with just enough intrigue.

80
The Guardian

The lasting impression of Mind of Mine ... is of someone finally making the music they’ve wanted to make for a long time.

80
musicOMH

Soulful, sexy and captivating, Mind Of Mine hints at the flexibility, focus and character required of the brightest solo stars.

80
PopMatters

It’s expected and necessary for Zayn to establish himself apart from the roiling machinery of 1D, and it has allowed him to push forward both with his own incredible voice and with his songwriting, his subject matter.

70
AllMusic

His vocal skills help pave over the (rare) moments when the lyrics seem a bit juvenile or the sound feels a little too familiar, and help make Mind of Mine an impressive debut.

67
Pretty Much Amazing

I came out of Mind Of Mine with pretty solid ideas of what these songs sounded like but few recollections of lyrics or choruses. Mind Of Mine is great when it’s on, but it doesn’t linger much.

60
Time Out London

'Mind of Mine' may not quite live up to the colossal hype, but there's no denying Zayn has created the vibe he wanted here. This is definitely an album you could listen to sat a party with your girl.

60
Exclaim!

By the end of all 14 songs, it doesn't quite feel like the sultry, steamy soundtrack for highly hormonal post-teen fans it was supposed to be; there's just a bit too much clumsy foreplay here weighing down the moments of ecstasy.

60
Rolling Stone

His solo re-introduction is a glimpse into his dirtiest thoughts, which, like the thoughts of most 23-year-old boys, are a bit half-baked and corny.

60
Spin

Sonically, you won’t find many pop albums in 2016 more immaculately conceived than this ... What ZAYN can’t do, though, is give us much reason to care about that Mind of His.

60
Clash

As debut offerings often go, there’s a fervent desire on ‘Mind of Mine’ to stretch so far and wide that the cohesiveness of the record is lumbered as a result.

60
Drowned in Sound

Even on an album of songs I strongly suspect are meant to be soul-baring confessionals, Zayn is unknowable.

59
Pitchfork
Lacking compelling hooks, a unifying mood, or a clear narrative, his debut is oddly inflexible and over-calculated.
50
Slant Magazine

As many a former teen heartthrob can attest, slick beats and merely competent balladeering do not a revelatory debut make.

50
Consequence of Sound

There’s just not enough focus, and promise can only take one so far without differentiation from the artists you’re emulating.

western
49
The mind of Zayn's must be boring if this is the type of music he thinks is good.
Docky
39
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NiceHeaven
72
Adorei o toque nostálgico que este álbum traz com suas produções um pouco quanto intimistas e mescladas ao r&b e pop (porém não o farofa).
Hieracosphinx
21
"we’re going to pretend we didn’t hear that and let's move on" -AjayII
hycis
NR
It's a cool production, which makes the songs less tiring, even though the album has over 16 tracks. Something worthy of pointing out about this aspect is: the cohesion. The songs sound conected and that's important in a piece, the cohesion is something that should be seen, at least, as something essential for every album, which is something the artist has done here. But the only negative point about this album are the compositions, since most of them possess a very shallow structure, formed by ... read more
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Added on: February 2, 2016