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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the former One Direction singer features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj and Timbaland.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. 80
    He’s the most successful former One Direction member with good reason, and this album is a high-water mark for the 25-year-old.
  2. 80
    The first 12 songs glow with standard praise for a natural, respectful love (rumoured to be about his on/off model girlfriend Gigi Hadid) but things take a darker turn after Malik’s mythical musings (over muted pings of electric guitar) on “Icarus Interlude”, which concludes with him singing that he “lied to the liars”. Both sonically and lyrically, things get more interesting from this point.
  3. Jan 31, 2019
    80
    It’s an inward, headphones-on plug into a young man wrestling with varying levels of success, from codependency and addictive behaviour to self-acceptance. It’s the sound of Zayn grappling with toxic masculinity.
  4. Dec 18, 2018
    70
    Whatever the artistic intent, Icarus Falls remains a monstrosity--a bountiful gift or a daunting challenge, depending on the listener--that deserves some attention if there's time and patience to spare.
  5. Dec 18, 2018
    64
    Icarus Falls, as a high-concept pop album, is fine. It shows off Zayn’s reluctant charisma and love-song-ready voice amid R&B ideas that are fully immersed in the present, for the most part for the better.
  6. Dec 26, 2018
    60
    Once you accept the intimidating length and occasional clumsy lyric (see: “An attack of the mind / like Optimus Prime in his prime”), there’s plenty here to appreciate.
  7. Dec 19, 2018
    40
    Across 27 tracks, he tries on so many guises--melancholic balladeer, unabashed chart-chaser, avant-pop visionary--that he fails to ever separate himself from his peers, rendering Icarus Falls a forgettable, albeit expertly produced, travelogue of R&B trends.

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  1. Negative: 3 out of 171
  1. Apr 9, 2020
    10
    Best album. I don't know how it didn't get much recognition. People must don't have taste.
  2. Dec 11, 2019
    10
    the most amazing album ever done, zayn is the most incradible human alive. that's it. that's the tweet.
  3. Dec 18, 2018
    10
    I was a little put off due to the length of the album, but I still had to give it a chance. I did not listen to the full album at once. II was a little put off due to the length of the album, but I still had to give it a chance. I did not listen to the full album at once. I listened to the first half for a a couple of days, then moved on to the second half. Overall I really enjoyed the production of the songs, and Zayn's silky smooth voice is a pleasure to listen to. He showed off his vocal range really well. This album definitely shows lyrical growth from his debut album. For me, the album could have ended at Insomnia. I find myself skipping the last 3 songs - they're not bad at all, i just think the other songs are so much better. I will still give it a 10/10 simply because i thoroughly enjoyed 99% of the album, and to be honest, i've been having it on repeat constantly. Icarus Falls has quickly entered my list of favourite albums of 2018. Expand
  4. Jan 16, 2021
    10
    Most people get put off due to the long tracklist 27 songs.. But listening to it partially is the best way.. As it a more mature and personalMost people get put off due to the long tracklist 27 songs.. But listening to it partially is the best way.. As it a more mature and personal album and at the end you will start loving it after short sessions of listens Expand
  5. Dec 18, 2018
    10
    Listen to me...this album is EVERYTHING the mix of musical genres, his versatility as a singer and his skill as a composer is just ...Listen to me...this album is EVERYTHING the mix of musical genres, his versatility as a singer and his skill as a composer is just ... INCREDIBLE. Definitely Icarus Falls is created for those who know how to enjoy good music. Expand
  6. Dec 18, 2018
    10
    Icarus Falls is literally the most beautiful album I’ve heard in quite a while. With it’s link to the Greek mythological character Icarus, theIcarus Falls is literally the most beautiful album I’ve heard in quite a while. With it’s link to the Greek mythological character Icarus, the album beautifully goes through the the concept in such way that 27 tracks seem worth it completely. Zayn also shows evolvement from his previous work Mind Of Mine on this album, lyrically and vocally. Some of my really-close-to-the-heart songs are: Back To Life, Flight Of The Stars, Stand Still, Satisfaction, Fresh Air and Insomnia. I believe it’s really hard to maintain the sound throughout the album with this long length especially but Zayn has successfully done it, without a doubt. Expand
  7. Jan 16, 2021
    0
    Definitely one of the most underrated albums of 2018. Icarus Falls was a concept album and it was just too good. The length of the album isDefinitely one of the most underrated albums of 2018. Icarus Falls was a concept album and it was just too good. The length of the album is the main reason of it being underappreciated, however, it gives the listener satisfying feels when you finish off the 27 tracks. The vocals as always, crazy good. Expand

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