What Do You Think About The Car?
Declan McKenna - What Do You Think About The Car?
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #370 / 711
User Score
Based on 127 ratings
2017 Ratings: #198
July 21, 2017 / Release Date
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Sony / Label
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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.
Jul 25, 2017
Declan's album should be in declearance section
Feb 5, 2018
Favorite Tracks:
The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home
Dec 8, 2017
Long awaited first LP from Declan McKenna. Great album name, with a handful of great songs. The talent is their however he needs to get his live performances up to standard.

1. Humongous - 7.5
2. Brazil - 9
3. The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home - 9
4. Mind - 5
5. Make Me Your Queen - 6
6. Isombard - 8
7. I Am Everyone Else - 6.5
8. Bethlehem - 7
9. Why Do You Feel So Down - 7
10. Paracetamol - 5.5
11. Listen To Your Friends - 5.5
76/110 - 69/100
Dec 4, 2017
Humongous // 76
Brazil // 90
The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home // 78
Mind // 72
Make Me Your Queen // 80
Isombard // 83
I Am Everyone Else // 70
Bethlehem // 73
Why Do You Feel So Down // 76
Paracetamol // 75
Listen to Your Friends // 74

What do you think about Declan McKenna? At 16 he was playing at Glastonbury via talent contest and playing festivals. Now at only the age of 18, Declan has released his debut album and toured around the world. Not bad, eh? What Do You Think About The Car? Is a ... read more
Sep 1, 2017
É uma estréia promissora, pois há muitas composições muito boas aqui. Gosto do indie rock bem inocente de algumas músicas, com um toque de sintetizadores marcando estas melodias e os refrões pegajosos que ele traz. Também gosto de suas letras, por mais que por vezes possam ser imaturas, eu vejo uma certa beleza nesta inocência, ainda mais se for bem expressada em músicas com uma produção dessas, que mantém ... read more
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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

Added on: May 15, 2017