Declan McKenna released his highly anticipated debut album ‘What Do You Think About The Car?’ earlier this summer. However, even before his album was released, his name seemed to be on the lips of everyone around me —especially in social media. For months on end, I heard countless people only praise his music and lyricism. So the day after his album was released, I finally sat down and took the time to listen to it.
The whole album is a masterpiece itself. Each song has its own sound, yet blends beautifully into the tracks surrounding it. Listening to his album for the first time was refreshing in a way whether it was due to his youthful yet powerful voice, his meaningful and thoughtful lyrics, or the airy, atmospheric feel to the album. Within the first few seconds of his opening track ‘Humongous’, I was immediately captivated, and knew his record would become one of my favorites. McKenna invites you to his world with soundbites from his childhood, and ends it with him in the present day speaking about problems in the world.
It presents the maturity McKenna has gained over the years, but also has a youthful atmosphere to balance it out.
The album has many different themes littered throughout ranging from FIFA’s controversial World Cup in Rio in ‘Brazil’, to unhealthy relationships in ‘Make Me Your Queen’, and even touches on the mistreatment of transgender youth in ‘Paracetamol’ — McKenna surely has a talent with words.
It’s evident he poured his heart and soul into this record. Every lyric, note ,and beat is taken into consideration as it comes together to create a marvelous piece of art.
This is may only be the beginning of McKenna’s career, but he is definitely an artist to watch. He is someone the music industry needs in the world today, and in due time, he’s sure to bloom into an even more remarkable artist than he already is.