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  • Summary: The debut solo full-length release for the former One Direction singer features production from Levi Lennox and Malay.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 83
    He tends to keep his lyrical focus exactly where you’d expect any 23-year-old’s to be: on good girls, bad girls, hard-to-get girls, and the partying and videogames that fill the rare downtime in between.
  2. 80
    His vocals are by far the album’s most potent aspect, bringing grace and wonder even to the more routine material, and hoisting the better songs to classic status.
  3. Zayn has clearly achieved his aim of making an album of sexy, credible pop-R&B.
  4. Mar 28, 2016
    60
    For all its inevitable ubiquity, this downbeat, low-lit album has the bonus of not being in your face at all.
  5. Apr 5, 2016
    60
    It’s not a step forward, really, it’s a step to the side. There are still hints of the pop star Zayn was drowning out the RnB icon he wants to become.
  6. Mar 30, 2016
    60
    His songs get to where they need to go, but they’re lacking in narrative, specificity... purpose, if you will.
  7. Mar 24, 2016
    50
    The lyrics throughout Mind of Mine are similarly by-the-numbers pop-R&B: pleasure-obsessed, vaguely misogynist, and largely disposable. By the album's midpoint, Malik's playboy shtick starts to outstay its welcome.

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  1. Negative: 12 out of 260
  1. Ile
    May 13, 2017
    10
    i love this album. His vocals are perfect. Every song is so different and I also love the lyrics, in my opinion very deep and very personal.i love this album. His vocals are perfect. Every song is so different and I also love the lyrics, in my opinion very deep and very personal. Zayn Malik did a very good job for his first album. I'm waiting his second album! Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2017
    10
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  3. Mar 25, 2016
    10
    Mind of Mine deviates from Zayns' previous work and displays the growth in his artistry. It's a cohesive body of work that flows completelyMind of Mine deviates from Zayns' previous work and displays the growth in his artistry. It's a cohesive body of work that flows completely through; there are no filler tracks. He really chooses carefully when to sing at full strength and when to pull back and his choices are stellar. The only difficulty is picking a favorite! Expand
  4. May 13, 2017
    10
    This album was a fantastic way to kick off a solo career. Zayn's voice is incredible, and his passion certainly comes through in his songs.This album was a fantastic way to kick off a solo career. Zayn's voice is incredible, and his passion certainly comes through in his songs. When you hear the album, you feel that you've gotten a glimpse into his mind and soul, hence the album title. A song that stood out to me for obvious reason was Flower. Singing a song in Urdu is certainly not common among mainstream music, and I find it impressive that he took such a chance with his debut album. Lucozade to me is a very intriguing song, especially when you discover it was recorded in one take. There are songs where the meaning is quite obvious and clear, while others are a bit ambiguous and left to interpretation (which I believe to be his intention). Overall, a fantastic album from a talented artist. I'm interested to see where Zayn goes with his next album. Expand
  5. Mar 31, 2016
    10
    Most of the tracks on the album aren't songs that might immediately make you want to belt out the lyrics. The complexity of some of them, theMost of the tracks on the album aren't songs that might immediately make you want to belt out the lyrics. The complexity of some of them, the new and exciting direction gives them the edge of the listener wanting to listen again and again just to really GET that strange vibe. And after a few listens, you realize that oops, the song just became your favorite. Those songs, like It's You with the hypnotizing chorus and Befour with the soothing yet sexy beats, are a stark contrast to the songs that DO actually make you want to nod your head and let everyone in on. Wrong, Like I Would and Pillowtalk feel like instant hits the moment you listen to them. And of course, my personal favorite thing about the record is just listening to Zayn croon out those heartfelt lyric with a voice like velvet, a voice that just screams 'I'm doing me. I'm real.' So to anyone claiming that Zayn is doing this or doing that to be edgy, to make a statement: he's just being himself and honestly, not giving a **** Which is admirable. So yes, I would definitely recommend this album so you don't miss out on this phenomenon. Expand
  6. May 1, 2016
    10
    There are a bunch of my favorite in this one but i love It's You the most such an ethereal song with those heavenly falsettos. TiO is such aThere are a bunch of my favorite in this one but i love It's You the most such an ethereal song with those heavenly falsettos. TiO is such a banger. In fact, there's a lot of banger in this album, Wrong, PillowTalk, Befour, Like I Would to name a few. And i really love the intro, Mind Of Mine, it really showcases Zayn's beautiful voice. And there a song, Flower, which he sang in Expand
  7. Aug 20, 2018
    0
    expectionally bland, the lead single might seem catchy and classy but the album doesn't have a strong spot at all, not even once.

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