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What Do You Think About The Car?

Declan McKenna

What Do You Think About The Car?

Debut album from English singer, songwriter who won the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition in 2015 produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons)

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
21/07/2017
US Release date
21/07/2017
  1. 8.5 |   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
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  2. 8.3 |   Gig Soup

    A thought provoking, powerful record, showcasing Declan's lyrical talent as well as the bands incredible musical ability
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  3. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Serves up smart, sweet-sounding indie pop music that comes with a well-justified sting
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    As twinkly-toed as debuts come. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Political messages packaged inside great pop songs
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    This 18-year-old’s politically charged debut is a powerful love letter to the youth
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  7. 8.0 |   DIY

    A floppy-haired teen singer-songwriter Declan may be - Jake Bugg he’s definitely not
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Sun-soaked protest songs
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  9. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Even if the production wavers, the writing is consistently strong
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  10. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Lives up to its hype
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  11. 6.4 |   Earbuddy

    It’s a good start for the young singer
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  12. 6.0 |   Clash

    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
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  13. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The quality control isn’t maintained, his choruses occasionally sounding laboured. Still, there’s promise in abundance here
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  14. 5.9 |   Pitchfork

    His major label debut is scattershot, though it includes a Rostam-helmed standout
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