Salad Days

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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: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  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: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  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 andMac 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 itMac 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. Aug 4, 2015
    10
    The simple songs, with weird rythms and some funky sounds, are the best released from Mac until now. They are highly addictable, and the wholeThe simple songs, with weird rythms and some funky sounds, are the best released from Mac until now. They are highly addictable, and the whole album is simply perfect.
    This album is the exact example how simplicity, sometimes is the best way to make anything.
    Also the design of the album is full of surprises and things that will please every Mac's fan.
    Conclusion: Salad Days is the prove that Mac DeMarco is one of the best original and creative singers/ composers of the present time.
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  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 itThis 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. Aug 16, 2015
    9
    Mac DeMarco is quickly proving to be an invaluable figure to the modern indie rock scene. Combining an inviting persona with playful lyricsMac DeMarco is quickly proving to be an invaluable figure to the modern indie rock scene. Combining an inviting persona with playful lyrics and extended guitar jams, he could make a record twice this long and get away with it. 8.8/10 Expand
  6. 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
    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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  7. May 12, 2015
    4
    Semi decent music but shows little character of Demarco and imo is missing something that makes me want to listen to it again. Just soundsSemi decent music but shows little character of Demarco and imo is missing something that makes me want to listen to it again. Just sounds like music to me, nothing more. Expand

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