Salad Days - Mac DeMarco
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  • Summary: This is the second full-length solo release for the Canadian singer-songwriter.
  • Record Label: Captured Tracks
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Dream Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Apr 1, 2014
    91
    Though DeMarco certainly hasn’t ditched his slacker aesthetic, Salad Days is nonetheless a strikingly mature achievement for the 23-year-old.
  2. Mar 28, 2014
    90
    On Salad Days it becomes a lot clearer. He's honed his skills to write wonderfully weird, often gentle pop songs.
  3. Apr 1, 2014
    85
    For all its internal contradictions, Salad Days is no more or less than a great album in a tradition of no-big-deal great albums.
  4. 80
    While those individual songs are great, they generate the urge to listen to the whole record in its entirety which, in the end, may not be as healthy and carefree as the title and arrangements would have us believe.
  5. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    Goodbye Weekend sees DeMarco take issue with his critics, particularly the way his sometimes bizarre live shows have been reported. On this evidence, his talent should be celebrated. Salad Days, indeed.
  6. Mar 27, 2014
    80
    While the tone keeps the wistful summer vibes of his earlier work intact, the Brooklyn-based Canadian also gets reflective on this dud-free second full-length.
  7. 60
    Many of the songs feel like incomplete character sketches that simply gesture at yearning and crisis.... Salad Days is, nevertheless, an interesting piece of work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jul 4, 2014
    10
    Mac DeMarco's Salad Days is a refreshing, off-kilter and highly-enjoyable album that provides great lyrics and vocals along with quirky and well-produced tunes. Even though personally I enjoyed "2" more, this album is still a fun and stellar record. Fans of DeMarco will surely love this new album. Expand
  2. Apr 1, 2014
    10
    Mac DeMarco is a master at making each instrument work together as one, flowing in perfect harmony. His music truly captivates you, making it so easy to get lost in and just enjoy. He seems very wise for a man only 23 years old, writing songs that are so deep and beautiful but so friendly at the same time, so much so that I feel like Mac is an old friend of mine even though I've never met him. For me, Salad Days is album of the year for 2014 so far. The album feels timeless. Mac DeMarco is definitely a man to watch. Expand
  3. Apr 18, 2014
    10
    Mac Demarco only makes perfect songs. The sad thing is, hardly anyone realises it and his career will most likely be short-lived because of this. Salad Days is beautiful and perfect, every song has a purpose and the whole album is perfect 10/10 Expand
  4. Apr 3, 2014
    9
    This is some of the best music to be released in 2014 so far. And the lyrics are just as beautiful. Perhaps my only complaint is that it doesn't have a track like "My Kind of Woman", my favorite track from his previous album.

    That's not saying that this doesn't have remarkable songs. It does. Ones like "Let My Baby Stay", "Passing Out Pieces", and "Chamber of Reflection" are quite great, and i'll probably still be hearing them (and the whole album) for quite some time.
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  5. Apr 11, 2014
    9
    I never heard about Marc DeMarco before this album, but i wish i knew him earlier.
    Salad days is a nice album, you can listen too if you just
    want to kick back and relax, or if you want to listen to music with pretty deep lyrics.

    Even though i am not too 'Pop' this album is a lot more than that.
    This is definitely one of the better albums i heard this year. And i discovered a great new artist!
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  6. Apr 7, 2014
    9
    Really though, Mac does a killer job at making hauntingly beautiful pop songs. He continues to improve and expand his sound. His influences are proudly worn on his sleeve, and it's quite obvious who they are at times; legends like Lou Reed and Bob Dylan to name a few easy picks. But nonetheless, it's his way of bringing all of these ideas to the present, and then pushing them towards the future. His guitar sometimes sounds like its on it's last run, fairly out of tune, and I dig it so much. So wrong, yet so perfect for him and the aesthetics he reaches for. Salad Days comes and goes pretty quickly at first listen, because each track does a great job at complimenting the ones before, and after it. This album not only stakes a strong claim for Mac's best record to date, but also a spot for best record of this year, so far. I think it might be fair to say that indie-rock's newest champion will be here for the long-run. By the look of his progression as a songwriter, he'll end up being one of the more acclaimed artists of this generation. And I sure as hell won't have any reason to disagree. REALLY. Expand
  7. Apr 10, 2014
    5
    The hipster name to love this season. Altough enjoyable, I feel litte connection to the songs or themes. It's like a good artist playing on a local bar, but not something of wider appeal. Expand

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