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Declan McKenna


Second album from English singer-songwriter who won the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition in 2015 produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town,Carrie Underwood)

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Zeros is Declan McKenna evolving into one of the brightest and the best
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  2. 8.0 |   Clash

    In almost every way it is bigger than his debut, there’s urgency to the instrumentals and operatic crescendos, all in the aid of trying to observe the madness
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  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Zeros is the sound of an artist pushing his creative development, and enjoying himself as he does so
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  4. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    McKenna’s second album is in thrall to pop’s 1970s glam heroes, but his lyrics ponder today’s struggles, from the climate crisis to social media
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Thankfully the music, all punchy guitars and rolling keyboards, is so stirring that we’ll go out dancing
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    Album two finds the Londoner channeling his '70s glam-rock superstar heroes, all while navigating the complexities of being a hyper-connected 21-year-old
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    No longer is McKenna a teenager emerging at Glastonbury, he is someone for the generation he speaks for to listen to
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    Declan’s musical palette second time around comes full of glitter and flares, taking all it can from the decades taste forgot
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    McKenna's charisma and melodic sense ensure it's a delight nonetheless. Print edition only

  10. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    Nodding to Bowie and the Beatles on songs about climate change and capitalism, the 21-year-old songwriter roots his political critique in the rich tradition of British protest rock
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  11. 7.0 |   Uncut

    McKenna merges glam, pop, indie and a touch of electronica to make a contemporary sonic exploration of a tumultuous world. Print edition only

  12. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The lyrics offer an opaque vision of a world collapsing in on itself, desperation at a relentlessly materialist reality
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