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TheTripleL
55

Declan McKenna “What Happened to the Beach” appears to be an album with an experimental approach, but the results are varied. While the beginning of the album features attempts at experimentation that don’t reach their potential, the second half shows an improvement in terms of cohesion.

The track “Wobble” seems to try to create a psychedelic atmosphere but ends up with an off-key sound and instrumentation that doesn’t mesh well. “Elevator Hum” ... read more

Animuru
50

Man, Declan... I used to love your music for how strangely unique it was... Where did the good times go? All this is is still strangely unique, but also strangely boring...

Pronouner
75

I’m surprised by peoples’ dissapointment at this record. I think its a fun record that doesn’t necessarily blast Declan’s style into new orbits, however it is an improvement on his past work. My only critique is that it feels like despite how lush and hard-hitting some of the main tracks are on here (think Elevator Hum & Mulholland’s …) Declan can’t seem to shake the FIFA soundtrack vibe. Like there’s nothing wrong with that, FIFA ... read more

annasimshady
67

i really wanted to love this project but its like so all over the place, like some tracks i dig but like its kinda a chaotic array of songs
top tracks: WOBBLE, Mulholland's Dinner and Wine
bottom tracks: I Write the News, The Phantom Buzz (Kick In)

Atria
70

Declan is clearly trying a bunch of different stuff with this album. Some of it works, some of it really doesn't. I appreciate an artist that tries to push their own boundaries and the good on this album outweighs the bad. Hopefully in the future he can figure out which of his experiments work the best to make something a tad more cohesive. Best song on the album is Nothing Works easily.

ReturnToMonke
55

Alternates between two types of indie sleaze. The kind that feels like slacker rock but is endearing, and the kind that annoys the shit out of me. The kind that feels lazy and like it carries no identity whatsoever. Unfortunately I find these sons to mostly be that type: more sleaze than indie.

Favorites: The Phantom Buzz (Kick In), Elevator Hum
Least Favorites: 4 More Years, Nothing Works, I Write The News, Sympathy, Breath Of Light, Mezzanine

Individual Track Ratings:
WOBBLE ... read more

Urbanov
60

What Happened To The Beach? showcases occasional brilliance amid a search for identity, leaving listeners with a sense that McKenna's true sonic fingerprint has yet to fully emerge.

ojoaobessa
71

great album to listen while driving tho

LAVS
68

What Happened to This Bitch? That's the real question.

While "WHTTB?" has a couple of timid hits, I must admit that nothing here has met the expectations I had for Mr. McKenna's third studio album. The lyrics might be alright and the production might be fun for the most part, but this is a plain boring album by his standards.

WOBBLE - 5/10
Elevator Hum - 7.5/10
I Write the News - 6.5/10
Sympathy - 7.5/10
Mulholland's Dinner and Wine - 8.5/10
Breath of Light - 6/10
Nothing Works - ... read more

66

One of my friends love a song by this guy named “Brazil”, and after listening to that song, I thought it was nice, but nothing I would revisit. After that, I saw he released an album, and my curiosity got to me, and I decided to listen to it.

This album isn’t anything that impressive. I think there are some ideas here that executed better, could’ve made some songs better. I think there are some highlights sprinkled throughout the album, like “Elevator Hum”, ... read more

greasysquealer
49

mannnnnnn i really thought this was gonna be a banger. guess not

62

album takes a couple of listens to get the full scope of what was trying to be archived, overall sound of the album takes you back to early 2000s
top tracks - Elevator Hum, Sympathy, Mulhollands Dinner and Wine, Nothing Works

HeyLeo
30

Declan McKenna nunca foi uma grande estrela ou um dos artistas mais experimentais e animadores da cena alternativa, mas todo material que lançava era sempre algo digno de ser chamado de sólido. Depois dos grandes avanços que ZEROS teve em cima do disco de estreia, McKenna definitivamente se colocou como alguém que raramente faria algo diferente, mas que sempre manteria o controle da situação. No entanto, o novo disco dele, What Happened to the Beach?, ... read more

crystal_methyd
70

cute, made me think of rex

pyddl
45

Creativity that doesn't really pay off. The only two tracks worth hearing are I Wrote The News and Mulholland's Dinner And Wine.

FrankD
79

Fav Tracks: elevator hum, sympathy, mulholland's dinner and wine, nothing works, it's an act

80

Fun, catchy tracks, creative production on some occasions and overall very high quality. Personally can't get behind the overall vibe too much but a very respectable album nevertheless.

hopperlol
56

Declan McKenna has such an interesting album in him, and a lot of the songs on this fall short of his past success.

This might just be an excuse to talk about “What Do You Think About The Car” but I love that album. As much as the lyrics on it are intelligent and political, what made me love his debut was the beautifully boyish raspy vocal performance. It wasn’t refined, but it was really quite great. The variety of songs and impressive indie rock production really took that ... read more

40

This is just pretty boring. There are some hidden gems in there, but for the most part this is just a project that gets super stale super quick. This reminds me of a far less creative and catchy Still Woozy. I don't have much to say.

vinxx
77

Nothing works it's amazing, I love that song. I really liked the experimentation on this record, even if sometimes wasn't that good. Songs like Breath of Light or Honest test are quite bad, but I appreciate the boldness in trying new things.
On the first listen it's a bit rough around the edges, but the more I listen to it, the more I like it
Favs: Sympathy, Mulholland's Dinner and Wine, Nothing works special mention to I Write the News
Least favorite: Honest test

maviermavier
70

sadly not my favorite but still have great songs

SonicDiscovery
70

British singer Declan McKenna took on more of a glam and classic rock influence on his previous efforts Zeros, but for his latest album What Happened to the Beach?, he sounds kind of mid in the modern world. McKenna and his group of producers still manage pretty good tunes out of the electro-plodding "Elevator Hum" and "Mulholland's Dinner Wine", while the glam flavor returns on the driving "Nothing Works" and buzzing "The Phantom Buzz (Kick In)", but the ... read more

Garry_Ts
79

I've obviously heard Brazil before, but other than that, I knew nearly nothing about Declan McKenna or his music before listening to his album. So going into this think fairly blind, I didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. This album was a really fun and interesting listen, exploring genres such as indie rock, indie pop, and even some folky and neo-psychadelia stuff. This album kept me engaged, but I lacks replayability for me. This album is pretty consistent, but theres a ... read more

65

Solid background music.

MitchesLoveSosa
65

It's okay Declan, Sgt. Pepper's was our favorite album too.

This was obnoxiously overproduced and mixed to the point of covering up a lot of the vocals. There's some heaters here and there but for the most part this one's inconsistent.

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