What Do You Think About The Car?

Declan McKenna - What Do You Think About The Car?
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #421 / 881
User Score
Based on 290 ratings
2017 Ratings: #155
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The Line of Best Fit
Opening with a rush of pure pop before moving onto more serious topics, McKenna’s debut bursts into life with a point to prove and those aims have certainly been fulfilled.
‘What Do You Think About The Car?’ isn’t just a bunch of great songs thrown together, this album is perfectly crafted. Declan McKenna is the voice of a generation, shining light on social issues as well as producing arena ready tracks at the tender age of just 18.
To all intents and purposes McKenna is a teen breakout star, but describing him that way feels reductive after listening to his debut, on which he proves himself a serious lyricist who deserves more than to be put in a box.
The Guardian
They are protest songs, but sound anything but worthy or world-weary. Instead, they are sun-soaked aural fizz bombs which channel indie rock through his love of David Bowie and Abba.
See, while there’s a huge swathe of ‘What Do You Think About The Car?’ that could well owe its sound to the dour singalongs of the post-Britpop years, everything here is doused in sonic hundreds-and-thousands, the kind of synth beeps and squelches and breakdowns your average bucket hat would turn their sunburnt nose up at.
Northern Transmissions
McKenna has managed to take a snapshot of teenage feelings but without forging an album that won’t be looked at as one made by just a kid.
No Ripcord

Rather than trying to position himself as an overtly political artist, he instead manages to create something that feels wholly representative of what being a teenager is like in 2017. If Lorde was aiming to soundtrack a chaotic house party on Melodrama, What Do You Think About the Car? is the soundtrack of the much less glamorous high school angst.


For such a young talent, his lyrics are strong, but give him a few more years of life experience and they could be in a different league.

There’s promise here, but it’s confused.
Incredibly boring and stagnant record with one of my least favorite covers of the decade. Stop staring at me Declan and go take a shower for God's sake, you look disgusting. I feel like there is one track here that somewhat serves as a highlight: Brazil. Brazil is pretty catchy and has a nice chorus. It's the only point in the record that I find myself enjoying. Everything else is a confused mess of a young artist failing to make an impactful debut.

Strong 4/10
Declan's album should be in declearance section

In "What Do You Think About The Car?" Declan McKenna delivers an emotional project filled with personal lyrics and catchy choruses, but that still leaves a lot of room for improvement.

I wasn't planning on ever listening to this album, I'll admit, that cover is horrible, and from the outside, the whole project looked like something that a generic indie-pop artist would release. Still, I felt the need to listen to the album, I mean, many users have given this project a ... read more


I never really talk about it but Declan McKenna is one of my favorite singers alive. I fell in love with Brazil the first time I heard it and this album was a game-changer for me at the time I heard it. I've seen Declan live when he toured for this album and I've made some amazing friends through his fanbase.

What Do You Think About the Car? is an essential album for modern day pop rock. McKenna's songs are personal and catchy with amazing ... read more
"What Do You Think About The Car?" is almost perfect. Declan really knows how to put feelings into a song. I have to say that I wasn't ready for this masterpiece and I'm still shocked with the quality.

✅ Humongous | Brazil | The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home | Make Me Your Queen
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Track List

  1. Humongous
  2. Brazil
  3. The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home
  4. Mind
  5. Make Me Your Queen
  6. Isombard
  7. I Am Everyone Else
  8. Bethlehem
  9. Why Do You Feel So Down
  10. Paracetamol
  11. Listen to Your Friends
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Added on: May 15, 2017